Santa Special

Santa is coming to Puffing Billy!

The volunteers at Puffing Billy have arranged some very special trains to ensure Santa can meet as many boys and girls as possible.
As it's the festive season, they've even specially decorated the steam train for everyone's enjoyment! So climb aboard the Santa Special for a family fun day in the Dandenong Ranges.


Your day with Santa

Depart from Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station to Emerald, where each child will receive a present from Santa. Even the adults receive some festive treats! The Santa Special then continues to Lakeside Station, where everyone can disembark the train and explore Emerald Lake Park.
Why not pack a picnic and relax alongside the lake? Ample time is provided throughout the day for the kids to have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs Claus.

Shelters at Emerald Lake Park
The Cardinia Shire Council has shelters for groups of up to 100 people available for hire. Bookings for the shelters must be made through Puffing Billy on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 intl) (rates available upon request). The shelters are popular so it is advisable to book them early.

Daytime Santa Specials

Saturday 29 November Saturday 6 December Saturday 20 December

The daytime Santa Specials depart from Puffing Billy's Belgrave station at 10.55am.
After receiving presents from Santa, passengers will return to the train which will continue to Lakeside, arriving at 1.15pm.
The Santa Special will depart Lakeside at 2.50pm, and will return back into Belgrave station at 4.05pm.


Sunset Santa Special - Saturday 6 December

Travel as the heat of the day recedes and enjoy the lights of Melbourne at dusk on the return journey.

The Sunset Santa Special depart at 5.10pm and returns back into Belgrave at 9.35pm. Puffing Billy's Refreshment Room will be open on the evening of the Sunset Special (snack foods only on the evening).



Family (2A+2C) Adult Senior Child (4-14) Child (under 4)
$110.00 $43.00 $35.00 $32.00 $12.50


Bookings for the 2014 Santa Specials will open in the middle of the year. 

Bookings close two weeks before the date of each train (earlier once fully booked).

No toilets are available aboard Puffing Billy's carriages, however toilets can be found at each main station.



Cancellation policy

Cancellations will be accepted until 14 days before you are due to travel- a $10.00
cancellation fee applies. Cancellations received less than 14 days before travel will not
be eligible for a refund.


Disabled passengers

The Puffing Billy Railway primarily uses heritage, open-sided carriages that may not permit ease of access for disabled people or be suitable for frail people. The Railway will endeavour to provide a wheelchair carriage but this cannot be guaranteed (note: the number of wheelchairs that can be accommodated is limited).


If you require further information, please call our friendly staff on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 intl) between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, or email