Take the steam train to visit Santa his magic workshop at Ireland’s only full size heritage railway.
Or you can call us on 028 4461 5779, 9:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday, if you prefer to book and pay over the phone.
Adults: £10 Children: £10 (including gift from Santa)
Concession (OAPs, students etc.): £8.50
Carers can travel free of charge. You can’t book this online yet, so please contact us after you book for the rest of your group to arrange this, explaining your requirements. You can read our Carers’ Policy here.
Child tickets are listed as 4+ and under 4 years old. This is make sure they get the most appropriate gift bags.
Note: very young children who do not require a present from Santa, and do not require a seat on the train are classified as ‘babes in arms’ and can travel free of charge.
We charge a 50p per ticket processing fee to pay our ticketing partner, Digitickets. We do not charge for credit card or debit card processing, and absorb that cost into the main fare, just as we do on all tickets throughout the year.
Reduced prices are available if you are booking groups of 10 or more people – the discount is 10% on normal tickets, and is only available if you pay in full in advance, i.e. before you arrive at the station.
To do this, add the Group Adult or Group Child tickets instead of the regular adult & child tickets. You can only check out and purchase these if you add at least 10 group tickets to your order. It can be any combination of group adult, group child +4 and group child under 4, so long as it adds up to 10 tickets.
Dates and times
This year’s Lapland Express Santa trains are running on the following dates:
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December
Please check the online ticket office for times. Doors will open generally at 1pm and close after 5pm, but you will be booking for travel on a specific train and won’t be able to get in until 30 minutes before your train.
If you’d rather book over the phone:
Call 028 4461 5779, 9:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday.
On the day
Please arrive in good time for your train – allow at least half an hour in case there’s queues. You won’t be able to get on an earlier train with your ticket, so please be patient!
Make sure you have your eTicket or reference number with you, either on paper or on your mobile phone.
Lapland Express – your questions answered
We’ve listed the common questions about our Lapland Express steam trains below. Just tap or click a heading to read the answer. Use our Contact Us page if your question isn’t covered here.
What all happens on the Lapland Express? Where does it go?
Depending on Santa’s busy work schedule these days, he might also nip out to see the train arrive or depart.
There’s also a Thomas the Tank Engine model railway exhibition in the station while you wait for the train (to keep the children amused), or you can visit the Carriage Gallery to explore our collection of heritage carriages and locomotives. We have a souvenir shop for late railway-themed Christmas presents too, be sure to call in before you leave.
I have a teenage son/daughter who doesn’t want to see Santa, do they have to pay the child’s fare?
Can I bring a pram or buggy?
I am a carer - do I have to pay?
How long does the visit last?
Will the queues for Santa be long?
Do I have to pre-book?
If you do not have a pre-booked ticket, you may not be able to get on the train to see Santa. We will do our best to accommodate you, but we strongly recommend you pre-book.
I don't have a printer, what do I do with my tickets?
You can just show us your ticket on your phone, or you can even write down the booking reference and bring it with you.
What if I miss my train?
Do you have wheelchair access?
Special arrangements will need to be made at Santa’s Workshop as it is not possible for a wheelchair to pass along the train; again, please tell our staff and we’ll do our best to make the journey easy for you.
Are the Santa trains running during the week?
Where is the railway station?
For more details, please see our How to Find Us page for maps and directions.
Where can I board the train?
Are dogs allowed?
Can you take Visa/Mastercard/etc.?
Yes, we can take credit cards and debit cards via our online booking system, or if you phone us to do a telephone booking. On the day, payments can be taken by card, including contactless for small payments.
Is your Santa the real thing?
What is the 50p ticket charge for?
We do not charge for credit cards or debit cards online, or if you use them in person at our railway. The cost of the card transaction is absorbed into the ticket price.