Santa Special Cruise

Sail with Santa on the River Dee!

It’s the most magical time of year to be on the River Dee! Father Christmas has manage to squeeze a few dates into his diary to take a cruise with the boys and girls of Chester. Join us this winter for a fun family-friendly experience on the Lady Diana.

Feedback from our Santa Special cruises…

“This was such a fabulous experience. The crew were fantastic. Santa and the elves were amazing. My children and mum had such a good time.”

“We had a brilliant time with our grandchildren. Will definitely book next year.”

“The Santa cruise was fantastic. Exceeding all expectations. My son is 7 and this was by far one of the best Christmas events we have done.”

Tickets for Christmas 2024 Santa Special Cruises will go on sale in the summer. If you would like to be notified as soon as tickets are available, you can leave your email address below:

    It's the most magical time of the year...

    On this family-friendly cruise children will have chance to meet Santa, who will bring them each a festive book to read over the holidays. The Lady Diana will be spruced up with lights and tinsel, and the ChesterBoat elves will be on hand with refreshments, songs, and fun activities.

    Your ticket includes…

    – A fun one-hour cruise with festive music on a decorated boat
    – Tea or coffee and a mince pie for the adults
    – A gingerbread man and drink for children
    – An age-appropriate book as a gift from Santa for children
    – Colouring, activity sheets, and stickers to enjoy onboard or take away
    – Time to meet Santa, have photos taken, and show him your letters

    More info

    – Please note that tickets are not refundable once booked. If you are unable to make your cruise for any reason, Santa will deliver your gift via Royal Mail along with a voucher to take a half-hour cruise at a later date.

    – During the booking process you will be asked to provide your child’s approximate reading age. The elves will use this age to choose a book for your child, but no-one onboard on the day will be able to see the age you entered.

    – There are 2 toilets onboard but no baby change facilities. The closest baby change facilities are located in the public toilets by the Bandstand, 100m from our moorings.

    – There is limited space onboard for pushchairs, so they will need to be fully collapsed and stowed. You’re welcome to take a carrycot/bassinet to your table if it can be separated from the rest of the pushchair and placed on a seat.

    – In the event that weather/river conditions prevent the boat from sailing, the event will take place on a stationary boat and you will receive a voucher to come for a half-hour cruise at a later date.

    Sailing Dates

    Santa has left the boat for 2023!

    We look forward to welcoming him back in 2024.

    Tickets usually sell out quickly for our Santa Special Cruises – if you’d like to be notified as soon as tickets go on sale in summer 2024, you can leave your email address below:

      Sailing Dates

      Ticket Prices

      Adults over 18 – £15.00

      Child with gift from Santa – £15.00

      Child without a gift from Santa (eg. big brothers and sisters) – £9.00

      Baby with no gift or refreshments – FREE (but please note that there are no baby change facilities onboard, and we are unable to accommodate pushchairs)

      Advance booking is essential and cruises do sell out well before December – click here to book

      Ticket Prices

      Terms & conditions of carriage

      Before taking a cruise with us, please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions of Carriage. We want all of our passengers to enjoy their cruise in a safe environment. Thank you.

      Terms & conditions of carriage

      How to get here

      Use our interactive Google Map for directions to our Sales Office, Moorings and the closest car parks. For comprehensive details on how to get to our moorings and regarding wheelchair accessibility click here.

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