The Santa Claus Train is a lovely nostalgia train up in the Buda Hills run by the Hungarian Children’s Railway in early December. The Children’s Railway was by the way the former Hungarian Pioneer Railway, which was a huge success during Communism, and managed to survive the change of regime, an absolute family favorite! Now, if you wonder why the Santa Claus comes so early in Hungary, at the beginning of December, rather than as Father Christmas should, at Christmas, the fact is that in Hungary, Santa Claus has a special day, Dec 6 (St Nikolaus’s day), while the Christmas presents in Hungary are brought by the Baby Jesus (or the Little Angel). Don’t ask how kids believe that a baby should be so strong. They do.
Santa Claus Train Budapest
Event date: Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 December 2012 (changes with the weekend dates yearly).
Hours of Departure: the Santa Claus trains leave from two stations
Huvosvolgy Train Station at 8:20, 9:20, 10:30, 12:20 and 13:45 hrs,
Szechenyi Hill Train Station at 9:15, 10:40, 12:10, 13:35 and 15:10 hrs
On Saturday, 1st December and Sunday, 2nd December 2012 you can ride the Children’s Railway in the company of Santa Claus again. This is the Advent period, and you can feel that this event for children and parents will be worth every minute.
Santa Claus Specials are going to be operated on both days of the first weekend of December where children and parents can ride the Children’s Railway with Santa Claus and his bogeymen.
The young passengers and Santa’s helpers will be expecting the arrival of Santa Claus together. They will spend the time with signing and reciting poetry until he shows up on the train.
Santa Claus is going to chat away with every child individually before presenting them with the traditional small bag of sweets and fruits.
Santa Claus Specials are going to depart Huvosvolgy Station at 8:20, 9:20, 10:30, 12:20 and 13:45 hrs, and Szechenyi-hegy Station at 9:15, 10:40, 12:10, 13:35 and 15:10 hrs. They are not scheduled to call at any station or halting along the route so they can be boarded only at the first station.
Some of Santa Claus’s helpers are going to entertain the children in Huvosvolgy just outside the station with dancing and singing before the departure or after the arrival of the special service.