The Santa Express in Waterford and Suir Valley Railway 2023

Christmas is always an exciting time at the Waterford Suir Valley Railway.  We are delighted to welcome Santa to Kilmeadan Station for Christmas 2023 and he is so looking forward to meeting everyone.

The Santa Express Experience 

Set off on an exciting journey on a real train beside Waterford Greenway and by the majestic River Suir to meet Mrs Claus and friends in the Magic Wood. The Fairies in the Magic Wood have been busy making the magic dust to help Santa find your house on Christmas night.  Mrs Claus has some for every child. The train journey and visit with Mrs. Claus takes about 25 minutes. Return to Kilmeadan Station to take photos at the many photo opportunity props around the Station or enjoy a hot chocolate and Mrs. Claus’s home baked treats at the Whistlestop Café until Santa calls you to visit him in Santa’s Railway Cottage.  Families enjoy a private visit with Santa.  Children have a chat with Santa and if they have been nice, receive a good quality present. There will be an opportunity to take a photo with Santa.  A printed photo memento of the visit is optional and costs €8, payable on the day.

Covid 19 Protocols Protocols will be in place to provide a safe environment for all his visitors and helpers on the day.  Santa and his elf may be protected by a screen to ensure the experience is comfortable and safe for everyone. A decision will be made on all Covid 19 protocols closer to the time.

The Santa Express Event Information:

Dates: 26th Nov – 22th Dec

Duration: Train Journey lasts approximately 25mins


  • Adult €10
  • Child €22
  • Babies (under 12 months) €8
  • Processing fee €1

*Photos are optional at €8.00 but you are welcome to bring your own camera

Booking: All tickets must be booked and paid for in advance – please call 051 384058 to check availability

*Online Booking is available at Santa Express

Family Fun Tip:- There are no Family tickets

Directions To Santa Express at Kilmeadan Station

  • Kilmeadan Station is 10km from Waterford City
  • Take N25 towards Cork
  • At Carrick Road Roundabout take last exit on to R680
  • From Cork direction at Carrick Road Roundabout turn left on to R680
  • Kilmeadan Station is on the left


  • From Dublin direction, on the approach roundabout to Waterford City follow the N25 towards Cork, this brings you through the River Suir Toll Bridge (€1.80)
  • Continue to Carrick Road roundabout, take last exit on to R680
  • Kilmeadan Station is on the left.