Festive Santa Specials

Happy children and smiling faces all round, but not when Mr. Scrooge comes walks through the train trying to spread gloom and doom. But Santa’s visit always brings back smiles and joy.

Your Journey

As soon as you board our Santa Special, it feels like Christmas with specially decorated coaches and festive music to get you into the mood. You will be greeted by your steward, who will check your tickets and show you to your seat, before explaining what will happen during the journey (and where to find the bar!)

Don’t forget to watch out for nasty Mr Scrooge, who doesn’t like Christmas and wants to throw all the presents off the train. Perhaps if you sing a really jolly song, we can frighten him away, so that Santa will be able to come and see you? Of course, this is where you’ll need to bring your shouting voices – so that Santa knows you are on the train. Click HERE to download your Christmas song sheet.

Next comes the man himself – Mr Santa Claus – with presents for all the boys and girls, as long as you’ve been good. You could even have your photo taken with him as a souvenir of your magical day. After Santa has been to see you come the mince pies and sherries for the grown-ups.

When you’ve had your train ride (or before), why not visit our Pixies’ Pantry and Winter Wonderland at Oxenhope? Your Santa Special ticket gives you unlimited free travel on our connecting diesel railcar service, so even if you boarded the train at Haworth or Keighley you can see our superb display and gingerbread house!

Santa Claus

Also known as Father Christmas, Pere Noel and many other names; Santa Claus is known worldwide as the jolly man in the red suit with presents for all the good boys and girls. He’s been making a list and checking it twice, so if you’ve been good you might find yourself with a stocking full of goodies on Christmas Day. Santa will visit every child during the journey (as long as you can shout loud enough!)


Do we all know the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Rudolph likes visiting the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, so you might be lucky enough to see him when you’re on the Santa Special train! Why not have your photo taken with him so you can show it to all your friends? You could even bring him a carrot!

Ebeneezer Scrooge

Scrooge hates Christmas and everything it stands for, so he tries to stop Santa from coming to see all the boys and girls. The one thing Scrooge hates most is Christmas Cheer, so make sure you’re all smiling and laughing, so you can see him off and make way for Santa!

Getting Here

Santa Special trains run from Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope stations so please check your ticket carefully to make sure you get to the right place at the right time. Santa Special services are usually fully booked, so if you miss your train we may not be able to accommodate you on a later service.

By Train

National network trains from Leeds and Bradford, stop at Keighley. A connecting diesel railcar service will be running on Santa Special days, which is FREE TO SANTA SPECIAL TICKET HOLDERS.

By Car

Oxenhope (BD22 9LB) has a large, free car park although this can be quite busy on Santa Special days. Additional car parking is available just off Harry Lane, a couple of minutes’ walk from the station. Haworth (BD22 8NJ) has a large car park. A small fee is charged for parking at Haworth. Keighley (BD21 4HP) has two large car parks, which we share with Northern Rail. A small fee is charged for parking at Keighley.

Local Weather

It doesn’t snow every year in the Worth Valley, but when it does it can transform the landscape into a picturesque winter wonderland. Unfortunately this can make driving difficult and in severe cases cause delays to trains. We will try to keep this page updated throughout the Santa season so you can find out about any problems before you leave the house. However weather conditions across the region can be quite varied, so please allow plenty of time to get to the railway.