Visit Exbury’s Festive Express railway experience this December for a family Christmas day out like no other! Read on for further details.
… festive decorations will be strung up from floor to ceiling, creating a cosy and festive atmosphere for you to take part in yuletide crafts. You can write your Christmas wishlist, create glittery cards and make paper straw trees guided by our Exbury elves. You can also meet Father Christmas in his very special ‘royal’ train carriage reserved just for your family, and take home a very special Christmas gift.
… they’ll be decorations galore to set off the Victorian splendour of our replica train station. Plus, a beautifully adorned 10ft Christmas tree and carolling from local choirs at intervals throughout each day.
… real-life elves will be greeting passengers and interacting with children. They’ll guide families on a festive journey through the gardens, pointing out all the fantastic decorations that line the tracks and leading carol-singing as you steam along.
… discover the winter grandeur of the northern area of the gardens. Do you know the names of all Father Christmas’ reindeers? Our gardeners have lovingly handmade 10 log reindeers out of wood from the estate and we will be hiding them around the gardens as part of a trail for families to take part in.
The fantastically festive fair full of produce from local small business will also be at Exbury during this weekend. As part of our agreement with Forester's Events, visitors must pay £2.50 to enter the fair and the gardens (under 16s free). There is no way to enter the gardens without paying this fee in cash on the day of visit. Exbury Gardens Visitor Entrance will not be charging entry to the gardens however, our staff will be charging for the Festive Express train rides and meeting Father Christmas. Prices for these are listed below. A face painter will be also in the New Forest Fair marquee, ready to paint visitors as snowmen, reindeer or your favourite festive character for a small fee.
Festive Express train ride = £6 per person*
Meet Father Christmas = £5 per child
Friends of Exbury annual members can receive a 10% discount on both the Festive Railway train ride and meeting Father Christmas. Please call us on 02380891203 to book if you're a member. Proof of membership will be required on booking and upon arrival.
*Under 3s go free on the Festive Express train ride.