Santa to Travel by Train

Friday, 22 November 2013

On Sunday 1 December Santa will be travelling with Abellio Greater Anglia on the 11.06 and 13.06 departures from Southminster to Wickford and back.

This is the tenth year that Santa has chosen to travel on the Crouch Valley line, leaving his sleigh behind, giving Rudolph a well-earned rest and opting for the convenience of the train.

There will be lots of festive fun on board including carol singing, a Christmas wishing tree, a name the reindeer competition, plus face painting, bracelet making and activity packs. Fancy dress is the order of the day, with a prize for the most creative outfit.

The Santa train has been organised with the help of the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

Lynda Stone, Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership Officer said: “We’re really pleased that Santa wants to travel with us once again this festive season, to join in the fun, book a ticket for the Santa train.”

Abellio Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager Sham Rashid said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Santa to the Crouch Valley line again this year. These special event trains have proven a very popular annual event and we look forward to welcoming the many families joining us for a fun, festive day-out.”

The Santa train is a ticket only event, all tickets must be booked in advance and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can now be purchased from: One Place Tourist Information Office, 1 High Street, Burnham on Crouch, CM0 8AG. Telephone number 01621 784962.  For the round trip, the adult fare is £7.30, whilst Children 12 and under travel for just £1. The festive activities planned for this special train will be particularly attractive to children aged under 10 years.