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Visit Santa! Vintage Sleigh Ride

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Visit Santa! Vintage Sleigh Ride

Friday 24 November – Saturday 23 December
10.00am – 4.30pm 

Santa reading to two children

This Christmas make family memories to cherish! Join us for a magical ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh... Journey to Lapland on this magical moving ride, pulled by two trusty reindeer.  Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift. 

After 60 years at the Co-op department store, Santa’s Sleigh ride moved to Coventry Transport Museum and families can once again enjoy the magic and tradition of a visit to Santa on this extraordinary vintage ride. An experience like no other, the sleigh is uniquely nostalgic. Its original mechanics and fixtures have been maintained but unchanged since the 60s - they don't make them like this anymore!

This year we've introduced a timed ticketing system, which will reduce the amount of time you'll need to queue! While you’re waiting to see Santa enjoy a drop in activity in our Christmas craft zone on selected dates. Just £2 per child with activities including card-making, snowflakes and ornaments. Find out more about the craft activities, storytelling and our Christmas trail.

Santa’s Top Tip #1 It gets very busy as it gets near to Christmas so avoid the queues by coming to see us early and booking your ticket at the museum for either that day or later in the week!*

Santa’s Top Tip #2 Remember we are open in term time which is an ideal quieter time to bring pre-schoolers to enjoy their visit.

Santa’s Top Tip #3 Need to finish off your Christmas shopping before you visit? Come along to one of our later openings, last admission 5.30pm. 

*We are expecting the school holidays to be particularly busy, so we would suggest, if possible, to book your tickets in advance. However, fear not, we will be holding a number back for those visitors unable pre-book.  


Children £5 / accompanying adult (up to two adults per child) £1.50. Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Adult (without gift) £4
Adult (with gift) £5

Please note:
Tickets cannot be bought over the phone or online. 


Unfortunately we had to close for a day on Sunday 10 December. For those of you who pre-booked your visit for this day please bring your ticket in to the museum and we will rebook you a slot.


Early Bird sessions: 9.00am – 10.00am for people with learning disability such as autism. During these sessions the space will be adapted with a low sensory offer. Please call 024 7623 7521 to book or for further enquiries (weekdays only). Available on the following dates in December:  

Thursday 7
Saturday 9
Sunday 10
Thursday 14
Saturday 16
Sunday 17
Thursday 21
Saturday 23

Late night opening: last admission 5:30pm, on the following dates in December:

Tuesday 5
Wednesday 6
Tuesday 12
Wednesday 13
Tuesday 19
Wednesday 20

Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Queues are expected particularly in the last week before Christmas and at weekends, please visit midweek and early weeks to enjoy a quieter experience. We reserve the right to close the ride at any time during busy periods.
Visitors in a wheelchair can be assisted to the sleigh and with the help of a carer transfer into the sleigh.



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