Steaming Into Christmas
Join in with the festive celebrations here at the FF&WHR!

We are delighted to be offering a variety of festive fun this November and December as we look forward to Santa trains, Christmas trains, Christmas Markets and Fairs!

During this festive period, Santa will be visiting us, providing visitors the opportunity to meet him in his Christmas Carriage Grotto at Porthmadog Harbour Station or to join him aboard our Welsh Highland Santa trains!

We will also be running a selection of steam trains between Christmas and New Year on our railway, so there’s plenty of choice for a day out following the festivities of Christmas Day!


Welsh Highland Railway Santa Trains

Santa will be visiting the Welsh Highland Railway over the festive period as we run our Santa Specials between Caernarfon Station – Rhyd Ddu.

Your festive journey will begin at Caernarfon Station, where you will collect your Christmas Hamper, full of tasty treats for your trip on the train!

Once aboard, sit back and enjoy a trip through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in the company of Santa and his Elves who will be sure to have gifts aplenty for all the well-behaved children!

Our Welsh Highland Railway Santa services will be running on the 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd of December.

This is the perfect way to get your Christmas festivities started!

Tickets for our Welsh Highland Santa Specials can be booked online or by calling our Booking Office; 01766 516024.

 


“Christmas Glaslyn”

This December we will be running ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ services from Porthmadog – Beddgelert, providing an unforgettable Christmas outing!

Travelling the southern end of the Welsh Highland Railway, our ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ services begin at Porthmadog Harbour Station, where Spooner’s café will be open, allowing passengers to purchase seasonal refreshments prior to their departure.

Sit back and enjoy as the train journeys across the flatlands of the ‘Traeth Mawr’ estuary offering fantastic views of the Snowdonia mountains and along the high ledge in the well renowned Aberglaslyn Pass prior to the arrival at the interval stop at Beddgelert Station.

Here, there will be a short break, where the Loco will take on water giving passengers enough time to enjoy the views and take some photos, before setting back off on the return journey to Porthmadog.

The station gift shop will be open on your return, so you can purchase a memento of your day or perhaps a festive gift!

We will be offering both standard and first class seating on our ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ services.

Our ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ services will be running on the 18th, 19th, 22nd, 30th, 31st of December and the 1st of January.

On the 18th, 19th and 22nd of December, passengers can also book a visit to ‘Santa’s Carriage Grotto’ at Porthmadog Harbour Station.

‘Santa’s Carriage Grotto’ tickets must be booked separately to our ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ services.

*Please note; the ‘Christmas Glaslyn’ service is NOT a ‘Santa Train’ service… tickets for our Welsh Highland Railway ‘Santa Trains’ are available at the top of this page!

 


“Christmas Cwellyn”

This December we will be running ‘Christmas Cwellyn’ services from Caernarfon – Rhyd Ddu, providing a memorable Christmas adventure!

Travelling the Northern end of the Welsh Highland Railway, our ‘Christmas Cwellyn’ services begin at our award winning Caernarfon station, where our Cafe De Winton will be open, allowing passengers to purchase seasonal refreshments prior to their departure.

Sit back and enjoy as the train journeys through the majestic landscape of Snowdonia National Park, past rivers, lakes and forests, until you reach the interval stop at Rhyd Ddu station.

Here, there will be a short break, where the Loco will take on water giving passengers enough time to enjoy the views and take some photos, before setting back off on the return journey to Caernarfon.

The station gift shop will be open on your return, so you can purchase a memento of your day or perhaps a festive gift!

We will be offering both standard and first class seating on our ‘Christmas Cwellyn’ services.

Our ‘Christmas Cwellyn’ services will be running on the 29th, 30th, 31st of December and the 1st of January.

*Please note; the ‘Christmas Cwellyn’ service is NOT a ‘Santa Train’ service… tickets for our Welsh Highland Railway ‘Santa Trains’ are available at the top of this page!

 


Santa’s Christmas Carriage Grotto

During this festive period, Santa will be visiting both of our railways, providing visitors the opportunity to meet him in his Christmas Carriage Grotto at Porthmadog Harbour Station!

Santa’s Christmas Carriage Grotto will be like no other… our team of elves have been very busy, making sure everything is in tip top condition for Santa and our visitors!

Due to Santa’s very busy schedule this time of year and to keep our visitors safe and make sure everyone gets a chance to collect their gift, we are asking visitors to book an hour slot where they can visit any time within that pre-booked slot.

Tickets to visit Santa in his magical Christmas Carriage Grotto can be booked online or by calling our Booking Office; 01766 516024.

 


If you’re like us and can’t wait for the festivities to begin why not join us at one of the Christmas fairs or markets taking place at Caernarfon and Minffordd?

On Saturday, 27th November and Sunday, 28th November, we will be part of the Slate Quay Christmas Market, which will take place across Cei Llechi and our Caernarfon Station building. LL55 2PF. There will be a variety of festive stalls, burger bars and cocktail vans, so make sure you join us and start the countdown to Christmas in style!

The Gweithdy Christmas Market will take place at The Gweithdy, Minffordd Station, LL48 6HF, and will celebrate local independent makers, designers and small businesses from Gwynedd. The market will take place over two weekends Friday, 26th November – Sunday 28th November, between 10:00 and 16:00, and Friday, 3rd December – Sunday, 5th December between 10:00 and 16:00.

Further details are available on the official event Facebook page; ‘Ffair Nadolig y Gweithdy Christmas Market’.


Our shop is also stocked up and ready, so whether you’re looking for Christmas cards, Books, Calendars, DVD’s, Railway Models or a Gift Voucher, our online store is a great place for Christmas Gifts this festive period!

Click here for our online shop.