Travelling with us over Christmas
Christmas is great – there's simply no better excuse to visit the parents (arguable), catch up with the beloved cousins (obviously) and share the festive love with your best pals (yeah!). So start planning your Christmas travel arrangements and activities today.
Top tips for Christmas travel
With planned improvements works taking place over the Christmas period, planning ahead is more important than ever. After all, no one wants to get stuck at home with extra Brussels sprouts. So here are our handy tips to make sure you get where you want to go smoothly and stress-free – ready for slippers on in front of the telly...
Reserve your seat
Services are likely to be really busy, but if you're buying an Advance ticket you can reserve a seat online to guarantee your seat. Seat reservations for Off-Peak or Anytime tickets can be made at the station on the day of travel.
Tickets for journeys over the festive period are now on sale, however, certain services will be reduced or not running between the afternoon of 24 December and 28 December. The best way to see availability (and see our best priced tickets) is using our Best Fare Finder. We're being flexible too, if you have an Off-Peak ticket, you can travel at any time (including Peak hours) between midday 23 December to 1 January.
Luggage delivery with Bag Magic
Will you be overloaded with gifts, presents and questionable Christmas jumpers? Our new delivery service, Bag Magic, is your own little elf. We'll collect your bags from you and magic them straight to your chosen destination. All for just 9.99.
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Planned improvement works between 25 – 28 December
We'd hate for you to get stuck in four days of major improvement works over Christmas. In addition to the usual closures on 25 and 26 December there will also be planned line closures on 27 and 28 December affecting services in and out of London Euston. Don't be a pudding - please check before you travel.
Watch out for #Traindeer
Keep your eyes peeled for an extra-special train heading your way this Christmas.
#Traindeer will be gliding around our network until 9 January 2015. Snap a selfie and spread the love.
Places to go and things to do this Christmas
Looking for some festive inspiration over Christmas? Look no further than our hot list covering some of the best Christmas markets, activities and seasonal shenanigans, as well as plenty of other fantastic things to do across our top destinations. Get festive.
Whether it's a trip to meet Father Christmas at the world-famous Hamleys toy store or a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, it'll be an experience your kids will never forget.
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For a star studded family outing, Manchester's Christmas lights switch-on show on 7 November is just the ticket. Also, from 14 November – 21 December the legendary Manchester Christmas Markets take over the city centre.
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Take the little ‘uns to Santa Land from 21 November, dance the nights away at Hot Dub Time machine or celebrate Hogmany on New Year's Eve – it's nonstop party time in Edinburgh.
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There's loads going on in Brum over November and December. There's classic festive markets from 13 November and if you're feeling fit there's a Santa Run on 6 December.
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The world comes to Liverpool this Christmas in the form of an international food and craft market from 20 November – 19 December. There's also the Winter Arts market and Liverpool ONE's ice festival to get you in the mood.
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Take to the ice from 27 November or for a more spiritual experience attend the ‘Blessing of the Crib’ in George Square on 3 December. Christmas is extra special in Glasgow.
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