Santa’s Steam Adventure at The National Railway Museum, York.

3 Dec

We were very excited to be invited as VIPs for the day to The National Railway Museum in York. We always have a brilliant day out in York at this museum (which is free entry) and with the added bonus of Santa’s Steam Adventure, we knew we were in for a treat!

The start of Santa's Steam Adventure

The start of Santa’s Steam Adventure

Evie is 3 and a half, so as you can imagine, we are super excited about Christmas in our house this year! We did visit Santa at NRM last year and had a lovely time, but this year was even better as Evie was just in the right age range to really be caught up in the magic.

Our adventure began in the Station Hall where one side of the huge building had been entirely cordoned off as Santa and his elves were busy getting all the presents ready for Christmas Eve. The scene was set by two storytellers who explained that all the presents were wrapped and ready to go but all the elves, who were supposed to be sorting everything out, had disappeared!! Oh no! Could the children maybe be helpers and get the parcels in the sleigh?

Shiny storytellers!

Shiny storytellers!

Once the depot had been tidied up, there was another problem…Santa’s sleigh wasn’t working, but we could the steam train in the yard outside as a back-up vehicle.

Santa's presents ready for Christmas Eve

Santa’s presents ready for Christmas Eve

Spot the gold stars

Spot the gold stars

The reindeer and the sleigh

The reindeer and the sleigh

Busy tidying up after the messy elves

Busy tidying up after the messy elves

The story continued on the train as we searched for Santa in the carriage, wrapped up with blankets and sat on cushions.

Searching high for Santa

Searching high for Santa

Searching low for Santa

Searching low for Santa

Santa's back up vehicle

Santa’s back up vehicle

The train carriage

The train carriage

Proudly receiving her gift

Proudly receiving her gift

Meeting Santa on the train

Meeting Santa on the train

Our day continued with lunch in the restaurant situated on the platform in Station Hall.

Christmas dinner in the restaurant

Christmas dinner in the restaurant

Kids meal in the restaurant

Kids meal in the restaurant

There is lots more to do in the museum, but as we’ve visited a few times before, we decided to take the land train into York city centre to view the sites and the Christmas market that was on.

A view of York Minster from the Land Train, NRM

A view of York Minster from the Land Train, NRM

Wrapped up for the land train

Wrapped up for the land train

The land train from the NRM to York City Centre

The land train from the NRM to York City Centre

On returning to the museum, we had our coffee and mince pie which was included in the price of the adult ticket and the kids got squash and a Christmas tree biscuit.

The Christmas Tree Biscuits were a hit

The Christmas Tree Biscuits were a hit

We had a fabulous day out and only covered a small part of the museum. There is much more to do as well as the Santa visit shown here. The NRM runs many special events such as this one and the Paddington event that ran in October half term.

Tickets to see Santa cost £10 for children and this includes a present and a drink and biscuit and £6 for adults including a coffee or tea and a mince pie. Book online. Entrance to the main museum is free although they do ask for a donation on entry to the museum.

We had this whole visit for free, but words, pictures and opinions are my own.

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