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Santa Specials

Selected dates from 28 November to 24 December 2020

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This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported through our magical tunnel to the North Pole.

Meet Santa & his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys.

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults will be treated to a mince pie and festive tipple and children will enjoy biscuits and juice in our heated marquee. Santa will also be bringing one of his cheeky elves along to help keep everyone entertained!

Children will have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity sheets, make a Christmas wish upon our Wishing Tree, make up a bag of special reindeer food to take home with them and have a run around on the outdoor adventure playground.

You can start or finish your Christmas experience with a FREE whizz around the duck pond miniature railway - included in the price of your ticket.

REMEMBER! You are permitted to take photographs & videos in our grotto at no additional charge, so charge up those batteries..

All Christmas services last for approximately 1hr 30m and are return trips.

The 2020 Santa Specials have been meticulously planned to allow for social distancing on the stations, platforms, trains and grotto.  This means only HALF the usual number of tickets will be available this year.  We expect demand to be high so please do have a couple of date/time options ready in case your preferred slot is sold out.




Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, promotions, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on Santa Specials.

All bookings incur a £1.80 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket).

Advance booking is necessary - the Santa Specials WILL sell out! 


PLEASE NOTE: the age on the ticket dictates the age-appropriate gift given by Santa. If your child's age is towards the end of a category, we advise moving up the the next age category.

Under 12 months
1 year old
2 years old
3 - 5 years
6 - 9 years
10 - 13 years
14 - 17 years


Tickets will be on sale ONLINE ONLY from 9.30am on Saturday 1 August 2020 from www.kirkleeslightrailway.com

This year, we are unable to accept bookings over the phone or in person as a result of reduced staffing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please cooperate with us on this.

If you wish to make a large group booking (over 15 people), you will need to call us on 01484 865727 but please bear with us as our office staff is now at minimum numbers.


  • Due to the reductions in staff/volunteers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, tickets for Santa in 2020 will NOT be available over the phone or in person unless specifically stated on the website booking page
  • Seats aboard all Santa Specials are allocated. Any tickets booked together on one order will be seated together with no social distancing. We strongly advise that different social bubbles book their tickets separately so that the necessary social distancing can be applied. If you need to add seats to your booking or request ro bw seated near another group, please call or email the office after you have made your online booking so we can try and seat your party together
  • These services feature illuminations and flashing lights at the stations, on the train and in the grotto. Please consider this when making bookings for those with sensitivities to flashing lights
  • The last service on Christmas Eve (24 December) features a small fireworks display. Please consider this when making bookings for those with sensitivities to flashing lights and/or loud noises
  • Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on Santa Specials
  • We anticipate that face coverings WILL need to be worn on the Santa trains (unless you have an exemption) & in the station facilities. We will, of course, be led by Government & Public Health England guidance. Please do not book onto these services if you are not happy to adhere to these anticipated measures. Thank you


Please contact the ticket office directly on 01484 865727 for more information regarding prices for groups of over 15 people travelling as part of an organised group visit e.g. coach tours, charities, Girl Guide & Scout groups etc.


The Kirklees Light Railway will do its best to operate the advertised train services. Should the KLR cancel an advertised train, tickets may be transferred to an alternative train (subject to availability) or a full refund may be given.

If a train operates and a ticket holder is unable to use their tickets, no refund will be given.