Coventry’s Vintage Sleigh Ride to be unveiled for 2019

Children from charity Shine a Light will test-ride a much-loved Vintage Sleigh Ride and meet Santa at a winter wonderland in Coventry.

Children from the Coventry and Warwickshire charity Shine a Light Support Service will be the first to take a magical journey to meet Santa at the exclusive launch of a renowned Christmas experience at the Coventry Transport Museum. 

This year’s festivities at the museum will include a walk-through experience where families will have the chance to play games whilst waiting for their turn on the ride, and let joyful elves help them pick their own gifts to get in the festive spirit.  

Shine a Light, which was founded in September 2016 by Sam Schoolar, a childhood cancer survivor, works to support families affected by cancer with home visits, counselling, coffee and activity sessions and day trips. 

The Santa Experience officially opens on Monday, December 2 at 11:00 am with the last chance to see Father Christmas before the big day being Monday, 23 December. 

Sam Schoolar at Shine a Light, said: “We are delighted for the children we support to be the first to experience this year’s sleigh ride and we’d like to thank the museum for the invitation.

“The attraction is an iconic part of Christmas in Coventry, so I’m sure the children are going to love seeing Father Christmas!

“We work hard to provide support for families going through a hard time, but another key aspect of our work are the day trips we offer as a distraction and something the whole family can enjoy – so this festive treat will be wonderful.”

Joy Corcec, Communications Officer at Culture Coventry, the charity which runs Coventry Transport Museum, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming families from Shine a Light to be the first to try the Sleigh Ride this year and experience our magical winter wonderland!”

Tickets will cost £8 per child which includes a gift from Santa and entry for two accompanying adults for each child, with additional adults added for £1.50. 

Coventry Transport Museum offers SEN sessions where the space will be adapted with a low sensory offer. To book an SEN session, call 024 7623 7523.

Sleigh Timings

Monday 2 – Friday 6 December: 11.00am – 5.00pm 
Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December: 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Monday 9 – Friday 13 December: 11.00am – 6.00pm 
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 December: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Monday 16 – Friday 20 December: 11.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 December: 8.30am – 6.30pm 
Monday 23 December: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Sen Sessions

Saturday 30 November: 11am – 2pm
Friday 6 December: 9am – 11am
Tuesday 10 December: 6pm – 7pm
Monday 16 December: 9am – 11am