Full steam ahead for festive trains
THE island’s railway network is broadening its appeal to families and enthusiasts this Christmas.
Staff at heritage railways have always worked hard to provide a number of festive options for families to enjoy – and this year is no different.
For the first time Santa’s Grotto will be in Laxey and special winter saloon Santa Trams will be running that magical journey, as passengers enjoy the beautiful winter scenery in anticipation of meeting the man himself.
Trams will be departing from Derby Castle on December 15, 16 and 22 while on December 23 trams will run from Derby Castle and Ramsey.
At Laxey there will be entertainment, festive refreshments and face painting.
Tickets cost £10 per adult and £8 per child, which includes a gift from Santa.
Trams will also be running on December 1-2 December to a Christmas Market inside the Laxey Working Men’s Institute.
Normal fares apply and entrance into the market is free for those with valid tram tickets.
For those that want to travel by steam, a special Santa Train will depart Douglas on December 8 for Port Erin’s Dickensian Christmas Tree Festival.
At Port Erin Station you can visit Santa’s Grotto, enjoy festive food and entertainment, as well as the Christmas Market and late night shopping in the village.
On the return journey, the Young Magicians of Mann will provide on-board entertainment.
Tickets cost £10 per adult and £10 per child, which also includes a gift from Santa.
Trains will also be steaming south during December 8-9 for a Medieval Christmas inside Castle Rushen. Lord Stanley cordially invites you to ride the train and join the Court in celebrating the Yuletide season. There will be talks, entertainers, plays, children’s activities and carols to get you ready for the festive period.
Tickets cost £16 per adult and £8 per child. You can choose to ride the trains for normal fares but this will not include entrance into the castle.
Finally, let the train take the strain this Christmas and ride the Shopper Special into Douglas. On December 8-9, avoid traffic and parking and steam into Douglas for your Christmas shopping. Normal fares apply and the Shopper special departs Castletown at 12.34pm and 1.34pm.
If you are looking for a unique present for that someone special, treat them to the ‘Ultimate Driving Experience’ where you can learn to drive one of our famous trams for the day.
Tickets for the Santa Trams, Tree Festival and Medieval Christmas are all available now from the welcome centre. Tickets are limited so avoid disappointment and book yours by calling 600555.
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