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by | Sep 25, 2018 | News | 0 comments

The ever-popular Christmas Santa special events at Ruislip Lido Railway are back for 2018! Much to the delight of children and adults alike, you can ride the Ruislip Lido Railway to Santa’s temporary accommodation, and receive a Christmas present to boot! The events will be running on: Sunday, 2 December 2018 Sunday, 9 December 2018 Sunday, 16 December 2018 Saturday, 22 December 2018

I know it is only September, but the tickets are already on sale, and they usually sell out pretty quickly. Below is from the Ruislip Lido Railway website

Santa is a very busy man around Christmas time, but once again, he has managed to find a space in his diary to visit the Ruislip Lido Railway. Santa will be at the railway in 2018 on:

Sunday 2nd December

Sunday 9th December

Sunday 16th December

Saturday 22nd December

Trains will run regularly from approx 11:20 am until 5:00 pm. You should allow approx 1.5 – 2 hours for your visit.

Your adventure will start from Willow Lawn Station (by the Waters Edge carvery and car parks), where you will board one of our trains at the time shown on your ticket that you booked for. The train ride, lasting about 12 minutes, will carry you on an enchanting ride through the woods and around the Lido to Santa’s Grotto at Woody Bay Station. Watch out for all the lights and decorations at both stations, and also along the way as you travel through the woods. On arrival at Woody Bay, Santa will be waiting for a chat with the children and a photo opportunity with all the family before EVERYONE (yes – grown-ups too!) receive their presents. Once you’ve seen Santa, you may stay at Woody Bay as long as you wish before catching any train back to Willow Lawn Station, with another opportunity to see the trackside decorations along the way.

In addition to meeting the big man himself, pop into our Turntable Tea Room where there will be our full range of hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. And for every hot drink purchased in our Tea Room, you’ll get a FREE MINCE PIE!

Please note that this is an outdoor event, and even Santa himself cannot control the weather, so you will need to make sure you’re wrapped up appropriately well to keep you warm, snug, and dry. Also, note that Santa looks forward to having a chat with EVERY child that comes to see him, so there may be a short queue to see him in his grotto.

Fares & Pricing

Adults: £9.50

Children (1-15): £9.50

Babies (Under 1): £1

Want to see a little more? The below video was made back in 2016:

You are strongly advised to book online to guarantee your seats. Unsold tickets will be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

All trains start from Willow Lawn Station (by the ‘Waters Edge’ carvery and car park)

Car Parking – Please note that the local Council have introduced car parking charges. Click here for details. As you may need to park in the larger car park, please factor the 5-minute walking time to the station into your visit.


For enquiries about this event or to query an existing booking please call:

0207 193 4148

Phone line is open from:
10 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday
Closed Sunday

24-hour answerphone service


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