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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deserving children offered free Santa Special seats

Llangollen Railway is offering families the opportunity to apply for a limited number of FREE places on the Santa Special train.

Many young children who have gone through a difficult year or youngsters who have bravely battled illness deserve a special treat at Christmas.

To acknowledge their bravery the Llangollen-based heritage railway has booked a carriage on the Santa Special due to depart from Llangollen at 2.30pm on Thursday, December 20.

That means there are 64 spaces available on board for deserving children and their families who get the opportunity to meet Santa on a festive steam train.

During the journey along the wintry Dee Valley, Santa, accompanied by his helpers the elves, will make his way through the train, stopping to talk to all the children and give them each a present.

Adults are not neglected as they will also receive a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

Holly Evans, commercial administrator for the railway, said: "Christmas is a very special time of year when we think of others, giving presents to and receiving presents from those who are special to us.

"Unfortunately, not everyone is in such a fortunate position and Llangollen Railway would like to give something to some of the most deserving children in the North East Wales area in the run-up to Christmas.

"I'd like to hear from local families who feel their children deserve the opportunity to enjoy such a special experience.

"We hope all the lucky winners will have a great day out meeting Santa on the train.”

Llangollen Railway chairman, Jim Ritchie, said: "We're delighted to offer some of the most deserving children in the area a very special Christmas treat.

"Each year we see thousands of happy children on our steam trains, so we're very pleased to have an opportunity to extend that Christmas cheer even further to some deserving children."

To nominate a local child, please write, in no more than 50 words, why you think the child in question deserves to meet Santa at Llangollen Railway.

Also provide the name of the child and the name of the person who is nominating along with their relationship to the child, address, telephone number and email address.

Send your applications to with the subject title ‘Santa Special Treat’ by no later than 9am on Friday, December 14.

Terms and Conditions apply to offer, please see website for more details.

Llangollen Railway's Santa Special trains run every Saturday and Sunday from December 1 and then daily from December 20 through to Christmas Eve.

The 15-mile round trip in the Dee valley takes approximately one hour 45 minutes.

With more than 10,000 visitors to Santa Trains each year, advance booking is essential.
Telephone 01978 860979 or book online at

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