The Ultimate Guide To The Best Luxury Christmas Train Trips

Best Luxury Christmas Train Trips

Feel festive on the rails aboard some of the most luxurious trains in the world

Whether it’s a Christmas lunch aboard a luxury train or arriving at a Christmas Market in style, if you’re looking to take to the rails this festive season (or next!), this is the ultimate guide to The Best Luxury Christmas Train Trips.

What could be more festive (and luxurious) than experiencing 1920’s or 1930’s opulence during the Golden Age of Travel? Being served the finest festive culinary delights aboard an exquisite, authentic carriage as the crisp, British countryside glides by. Nothing could be more traditional or enjoyable on the run up to Christmas, which is why our Christmas train trips are some of our most popular journeys.

Christmas train trips usually fall into two categories; those where you stay aboard the train for the entire journey and enjoy exceptional cuisine. Think of it as a five-star restaurant on wheels. Journeys tend to last almost an entire day as you are treated to unrivalled levels of luxury.

Then there’s luxury Christmas train trips that take you to a destination such as a Christmas market. Although you spend less time aboard, you are still treated to the same luxurious service and fine cuisine, you simply stop for a few hours to allow you to explore a famous Christmas market.

Whichever style of Christmas train journey you choose, you can be sure to be feeling festive throughout your entire trip while creating memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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Cheap Christmas train journeys

Cheap Christmas Train Trips

Christmas can be expensive as it is without hearing the word ‘luxury’, but a luxury Christmas train trip might not cost as much as you first thought. One of the most popular and possibly the best luxury Christmas train trips is actually one of the most affordable journeys on

From around £250 per ticket, you could board the Belmond British Pullman luxury train for a truly spectacular Festive Afternoon Tea. This luxury locomotive is based on the UK and departs from London Victoria. The British Pullman is a 1920’s style luxury train that offers unrivalled levels of comfort and glamour. Think Orient Express style era of opulence in the style of a day train rather than a sleeper, and you have the Belmond British Pullman.

After boarding at London Victoria, you will be welcomed with a sparkling Bellini and shown to your table by your steward. Sat in a comfortable, authentic armchair, you will be on your way throughout the Great British countryside while being served a delicious classic afternoon tea with all the expected accompaniments including finger sandwiches, savouries, cakes, scones and a glass of champagne.

A truly memorable trip that is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and evoke memories you will treasure forever. Explore full details of this journey here

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We’re pleased to offer a generous range of festive-themed luxury train trips, take a look at all our Christmas train trips

Christmas markets by train

Christmas Markets by Train

A luxury train trip that combines a fine, multiple-course meal with a stop at a famous Christmas market is possible the best and most festive way to enjoy a luxury train journey during the holidays. Enjoy a relaxed, direct journey to a Christmas market where you are treated to nothing but the finest service, arrive at your destination and spend a few hours browsing the Christmas markets, before boarding your train once more for fine cuisine and drinks as you are taken back to your departure station.

A Christmas train trip to a market is the ultimate way to get into the festive spirit, with a traditional journey aboard an authentic luxury train, complete with champagne and fine cuisine and a stop usually at a historic town or city for a browse around the Christmas market.

Journeys such as these prove exceptional popular with travellers and are often booked a year in advance. That said, we are often still able to find seats for passengers up to two weeks before the journey is scheduled to depart.

Some of our most popular Christmas Market train trips include:

Bath Christmas Market – Full details here
Lincoln Christmas Market – Full details here
Winchester Christmas Market (British Pullman) – Full details here
Winchester Christmas Market (Northern Belle) – Full details here

Christmas train trips

Christmas Train Trips

A Christmas train trip doesn’t have to end up at a Christmas market however, we are pleased to offer journeys that offer a truly exquisite Christmas lunch aboard or that take you to some of the UK’s most spectacular locations. Journeys such as these usually consist of welcome drinks followed by either a multiple course Christmas meal, all the while the glorious British countryside whisks by. Or welcome drinks followed by a stop at one of Great Britain’s most famous landmarks before boarding once more for a fabulous meal on the way back to your departing destination.

Journeys like these are ideal for those that don’t want the hustle and bustle of a Christmas market and who would rather instead enjoy more time aboard enjoying pure relaxation or time to explore a city or stately home at leisure. These trips are perfect for a more relaxed approach to Christmas, but ideal for those who still favour exceptional cuisine and appreciate the finer details of luxury train travel.

Like our Christmas market journeys, these tend to be booked by passengers a year in advance. However, we are confident we can still book those wishing to travel closer to the departure date.

Popular Christmas train trips:

Christmas Lunch aboard the British Pullman – Full details here
Belmond Le Manoir at Christmas – Full details here
Chatsworth House at Christmas – Full details here
Christmas Lunch by Steam – Full details here
Festive Afternoon Tea – Full details here
Salisbury Carols – Full details here

Alternative Christmas train trips

Alternative Christmas Train Trips

There are many other ways to enjoy a luxury train during the festive season without embarking on a Christmas-themed journey. With so many luxury train journeys available at, we’re confident we have the ideal journey for you, no matter what you expect from luxury train travel.

If you were planning on a Christmas train trip as a gift or to treat someone special but are unavailable on the dates of departure, a gift voucher is the next best thing. This allows the recipient to choose from any luxury journey available on and can use the monetary value towards any journey.

Our gift vouchers are available in a range of monetary values, however if you require something more bespoke, our complimentary concierge service are always on hand to make this happen for you. At no additional administrative cost, our experts are able to tailor any voucher to your needs, whether it’s for a specific train, journey or monetary amount, we can make this happen.

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