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Santa Specials

Date: 29th Nov - 24th Dec

Meet Santa in Dorset at the Swanage Railway this Christmas! Bookings will open in August 2014

Where can you see Father Christmas in Dorset this year? Swanage of course!

The Swanage Railway's Santa Specials are famous around the world as Dorset's leading family Christmas attraction, with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire. Our premier heritage steam railway, located at the seaside on the south coast of England, is pleased to be host to Santa each year when he visits our events at our family friendly, premier heritage steam railway in Dorset each Xmas.

Regarded by many as the most entertaining seasonal attraction in Dorset, our magical services are popular with families looking for a safe and reliable fun day out in Swanage, Dorset, during the Xmas period.

The event offers Christmas Fun for the whole family with the opportunity to meet Santa visiting the Swanage Railway during December each year.

There's easy access to Swanage from all of Hampshire (Hants) and Dorset, so come to visit us soon.

A Swanage Railway spokesman comments: "There is always a lovely and very unique atmosphere on the Santa Special steam trains because there's the excitement and atmosphere of travelling on a Southern Railway steam train that is matched with the excitement and expectation of meeting Father Christmas in person during the journey.

"Our volunteers love working on the Santa Specials because it is lovely to see the children's faces as they see a real steam train - often for the first time - and then get to meet Father Christmas, receive their present from him and actually talk to them while the steam train travels from Swanage to Norden and back.

"The excitement of seeing the ruins of Corfe Castle pass by the train window only gives added excitement as the children open their presents from Father Christmas and the adults tuck into mince pies and a festive drink. It's lovely," he added.

To avoid the hassle of trying to park in Swanage, Santa Special passengers can leave their vehicles in the no hassle attended car park next to Norden station near Corfe Castle and take a special heritage diesel service down to Swanage from where the exciting and magical journey behind steam with Father Christmas begins.