If you have young children, have young children visiting over Christmas, or if you just want an excuse to let your inner child out, then the Welsh and Ffestiniog Highland Railways’ Santa Specials are great!
Travel on a traditional steam train either from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog or from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu and back. The carriages are full of cheer and Christmas decorations. Adults get a glass of sherry and mince pie and kids an age appropriate gift from a very jovial bilingual Santa and his elves who like to wander up and down the carriages singing carols. There’s always a great atmosphere and lots of fun to be had, especially if you take the whole family with you, plus plenty of photo opportunities!
There are other refreshments available to buy on the train, but many take their own. Over the years I’ve seen flasks of mulled wine, boxes of Roses chocolates and even canapes being handed around generations of the same family.
Follow this link to book - https://www.festrail.co.uk/tickets.htm
Follow this link to see a video of the event -