IT might only be August, but Father Christmas has already booked his seat on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The festive fella will appearing on the Santa Special services on the heritage railway from Saturday, November 30 to Sunday, December 22.

The Santa Express, which features train journeys from both Pickering and Grosmont stations, will ride across the North York Moors.

Santa Claus and his jolly helpers will be venturing through the heritage carriages sharing Christmas stories and handing-out gift bags.

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