Staffordshire’s Santa Specials – Steam, Sleepovers and Snow! 5 of the best places to see Santa in Staffordshire this Christmas.

Guest Blog by Emily Roberts and Sam Blackburn.

Santa and Steam at Churnet Valley Railway


Santa with steam train at Churnet Valley RailwayHop aboard and get your Christmas off to a magical start with the Santa Express at Churnet Valley Railway.  Experience the spirit of Christmas as you travel through the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands. While the adults sit back, enjoying seasonal delights including a mince pie with a glass of sherry, Santa strolls through each festive filled coach bearing wonderful gifts for each girl and boy.  A truly magical experience for the whole family.

Selected dates from 30th November – 24th December.

Prices from £12 per child, £17 per adult.



Santa Sleepovers at Alton Towers Resort

Visit Santa as part of your hotel short break at Alton TowersNothing evokes the spirit of Christmas more than a sleepover in a fabulously themed hotel, a fantastically festive feast, a Christmas cinema experience and a special visit with the Big man himself all at the incredible Alton Towers Resort.  Enjoy celebrating with tickets to the theme park, waterpark and the amazing pantomime before experiencing a magical evening of entertainment.  With so much Christmas cheer, you will find something for all of the family to enjoy.

Selected dates between 24th November – 23rd December.

Prices from £215 per family.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome


Enjoy the all-new Santa show during your visit to Winter Wonderland at SnowDomeWith 15 years of experience in delivering snowy Christmas days out, Tamworth’s Snowdome transports you to a Winter Wonderland. Stroll along Santa’s snow trail, play in real falling snow and take a ride on your very own sledge. Discover the delights hidden within Santa’s Christmas Village and take the opportunity to visit Santa’s house where you can write him a letter and post it through his talking post box, before enjoying a brand new  20-minute stage show starring Father Christmas himself. 

Dates from 15th November – 31st December.

Prices from £13.95 per person.

Drayton’s Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor Park


Magical Christmas in Thomas Land at Drayton Manor ParkJoin Drayton Manor for a truly magical Christmas experience and meet Santa in the spectacular Castle of Dreams. Wander through the winter wonderland and view the festive decorations that surround the park creating a joyful atmosphere before visiting Rudolph and his friends at the 15-acre zoo.  During this enchanting day you will enjoy live Christmas shows, falling snow and spectacular fireworks as well as have the chance to watch a festive film in the 4D Cinema.  A festive filled time for all to enjoy.

Dates from 16th November – 31st December.

Prices from £5 per child, £22 from ages 12+.

North Pole Adventure at National Forest Adventure Farm

Family enjoying the North Pole Adventure at National Forest Adventure FarmVisit National Forest Adventure Farm to join a delightful festive journey to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas and his friends. Travel through the magic portal to Father Christmas' hometown. Explore the Victorian High Street and sweet shop, help the elves sort the parcels and meet an interactive talking polar bear under the Northern Lights. Decorate gingerbread men, sing with Silvermist the Reindeer and enjoy a special meeting with Father Christmas in his grotto.

Selected dates 23 November to 24 December

Prices from Child £22, Adults £13


Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers
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Visit Santa's Grotto as part of your Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire

Step inside Alton Towers Resort this festive season and experience a magical Christmas escape with a Santa's Sleepover short break!

Santa's Winter Wonderland
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A family pelts Dad with snowballs at the Snowdome, Staffordshire

Santa's back at the SnowDome this Christmas with another festive extravaganza! From 11th November his magical winter wonderland in the snow returns and he'll be adding some extra special magic along the way! With real snow, real animals and the all new winter wonderland show, it's the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family!