Santa Celebration

Join in all the fun when Santa makes a very special stop at The Workshops Rail Museum before the Christmas season starts.

The Ipswich Railway Workshops has a long and varied history of traditions to celebrate Christmas. In years past, Christmas was generally celebrated by the workers in each shop rather than across the site. For example, the Coppersmiths would organise a family function at a local park and had activities such as three-legged races and also a Santa Claus for the children.

Come and join in our celebrations this year with the BIG LOUD FUN activities on offer at the Santa Celebration event.

Event Activities

Meet Santa

Each hour on the hour between 10:00am and 3:00pm
Meet the man in the jolly red suit and tell him what you would like for Christmas.

Bush Galah Christmas ShowBush Galah Christmas Show

11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Sing along and dance to your favourite Aussie Christmas songs.

Christmas Creation Station

Daily, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Make festive themed art and craft at the Christmas Creation Station.

Write to Santa

Daily, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Write a letter to Santa to tell him what you wish for Christmas and post it in our special mailbox. 

DIY Family Christmas Photo Opportunity

Daily, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Use the decorated space and dress ups provided to take your own family Christmas photo..

Santa’s Wooden Toy Train Workshop

Sessions: 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Create your own wooden toy train for Christmas. Kits $9.90 each. Adult supervision and enclosed footwear are essential.


  • FREE Bouncy Train and Land Train rides (10:00am to 3:00pm) 
  • FREE Christmas treat.

Santa Celebration Steam Train 2

Sunday 28 November 2010, 10:15am - SOLD OUT
Sunday 28 November 2010, 1:30pm - SOLD OUT

Get into the festive spirit with the Santa Celebration Steam Train! Departing from The Workshops Rail Museum Platform, take a one and a half hour trip through the scenic South East Queensland country side before returning to the Museum to meet Santa and enjoy the Christmas themed activities.

Please note that Steam Train ticket does not include Museum and Santa Celebration entry.

Picnic hamper

Enjoy a picnic lunch with the family at Santa Celebration. Hampers include wraps, cakes/slices, fruit, juice or water, and a treat. Base Hampers cater for a family of four and grow to include more people for an additional charge.

Download a Santa Celebration Picnic Hamper Order Form. 

Activity sheets

Event Details

27 November 2010 - 28 November 2010
Free with Admission

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