Bluebell Railway is hosting a magical and festive steam train journey through Sussex this Christmas

With summer barely over, you might be surprised that some people are already thinking about Christmas.

It probably sounds extreme, but sometimes it is necessary so as not to miss the most popular events.

Special Christmas steam trains are always in high demand – and the Bluebell Railway is no exception.

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A trip on Britain’s oldest preserved standard gauge railway is one of the most magical party activities.

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The fun begins on the train platform with classic Christmas music and a delicious punch.

Trains depart from East Grinstead and Sheffield Park and travel through the picturesque wintery Sussex countryside.

Families have their own private compartment for the two-hour experience, with prices starting at £ 90 for a table of four.

First-class compartments, which can accommodate between six and eight people, start at £ 140.

Families can feast on pâtés and pieces of chocolate on board the festive merry-go-round.

There’s even the option to meet Santa for a photo when the train arrives in Horsted Keynes.

There is even the possibility of meeting Santa Claus for a photo
There is even the possibility of meeting Santa Claus for a photo

And of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without a special gift from Santa’s Workshop.

The rides are available from the end of November and run until Christmas Eve.

Many tickets have already been purchased, so it is recommended to book in advance.

Bluebell Railway offers a specially adapted area for wheelchair users departing from Sheffield Park station only.

Children under three travel free and do not need an assigned ticket or seat.

No dogs, other than registered assistance dogs, are allowed at the event.

Visit the Bluebell Railway website to reserve a remaining slot.

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