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Father Christmas at Lappa Valley

30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December | Events

All aboard for the merriest start to your christmas in 2024. Savour the magic of Cornwall's secret world of play and trains at Christmas time. Meet Father Christmas in his very special grotto, where a present awaits for the children!


  • All aboard a nostalgic train journey through the winter countryside into Lappa Valley
  • Adults and Children recieve a complimentary seasonal refreshment (Mince pie and hot chocolate or squash for adults and cookie and hot chocolate or squash for children)
  • Visit Father Christmas and his elves in his grotto where every child receives a present.
  • Enjoy music from the traditional fairground organ.
  • Write and post your letter to Father Christmas
  • Indoor Soft Play at the Engine Shed
  • Enjoy rides on the Lakeside Railway
  • Enjoy rides on the Newlyn Downs Branch-line
  • The Engine Shed Cafe will be open
  • The East Wheal Rose gift shop will be open for any last minute present shopping

Please note, a booking fee of £2.75 is added to each booking, online, by phone or in person.

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

As well as a complimentary drink and mince pie / cookie for each visitor, don’t forget that The Engine Shed offers a range of delicious hot and cold food and drink, as well as a selection of festive treats for all to enjoy!

From delicious cooked breakfasts to turkey baps, be sure to fuel your fun!


  • Adult £17.00
  • Child (1-15, with present from santa) £19.00
  • Child (0-1, with present from santa) £10.00
  • Child (0-1, no present from santa) FREE
  • BOOKING FEE (added per booking) £2.75
  • Dog (includes present from Father Christmas) £5.00
  • Can I come early if I have booked on a later train?

    You will be allocated a time slot to visit Father Christmas in his grotto within 1.5hrs of your booked train time. This is not able to be changed, however if you wish to arrive earlier than your booked train time to enjoy the rest of the park, you may do so.

  • How can I book?

    Bookings for this event are being taken online, via from the 14th August at 12pm.

    Please note – A booking fee of £2.75 is added to each booking made in person, online or by phone.

  • What will be open during the Father Christmas event?

    The Engine Shed soft play will be open, the adventure golf course will be open, the outdoor play areas and musical walk will be open, the Lakeside Railway and Newlyn Downs Branchline will also be open.

    The Pedalo Swans will be closed.

  • Is the timeslot I book the time I see Father Christmas?

    No, The time you book is the train departure time from the car park station at Benny Halt. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to this time to allow time to park, check in and board the train.

    On check in, you will be allocated a timeslot to visit Father Christmas in his grotto within 1.5hours of your train departure time.

  • Is my annual pass / membership valid for the event?

    No, Annual Passes / Memberships are not valid for this event. Standard fares (as above) apply.

  • Are there any concessions?

    The Father Christmas event is one flat rate charge, we do not offer any concessions on the prices above. Should you have any additional requirements, please write these in the comments section when booking and we will endeavour to accomodate you.

Booking Information (terms and conditions)

The prices listed above are the flat rate for this event. We offer no discounts or concessions. Annual Passes, discount vouchers, CATA passses do not cover this event.

A booking fee of £2.75 will be added to each booking.

Ensure you have the correct date, time and total number of visitors when booking, limited changes may be possible subject to availability. A £5.00 administration fee will apply to such changes.

On the day of your visit, you will need to bring your ticket confirmation either printed or shown on a device as proof of your booking.

Once places are allocated, please contact us directly if you require additional tickets for your group. Due to limited availability, we cannot always guarantee this will be possible.

Gifts are only given to paying children – when booking you will be asked for the age group of the child(ren) so that an age appropriate gift is given. If your child’s age is towards the end of a category, we advise moving up to the next age category. (i.e. if your child is 5, you may wish for them to be in the 5-8 age catagory) It is up to you (the person making the booking) to choose the correct age catagories, and dont forget to take into account any birthdays that may happen prior to your visit!

When booking, you are booking a train departure time. Due to the nature of this event, timings are prompt and trains cannot be held. Ensure you allow at least 20 minutes prior to your departure time to park and check in. Due to availability, it will be unlikely that we will be able to move your booking and no refunds are issued in the event of missed trains.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Once booked, we do not offer refunds of monies paid for tickets. Limited changes may be possible subject to availability and to an administration fee (£5.00).

Should any advertised train be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, tickets may be transferred to an alternative train (subject to availability) or a full ticket refund will be provided (minus booking fee of £2.75).

Should the event be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, a full refund (minus booking fee of £2.75) will be provided.

Lappa Valley are not be liable for any consequential loss.

No refunds will be provided should you miss any train that still operates, including in cases of severe weather, illness or failure of transport bringing you to Lappa Valley.

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