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Steam Illuminations at the Watercress Line

26 Nov 2021 - 2 Jan 2022

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The Watercress Line heritage railway is set to sparkle and shine with the return of the spectacular Steam Illuminations for the festive season – and this year it will be even brighter.

The unique Christmas light show will feature thrilling rides on a digital LED passenger steam train, illuminated inside and out with thousands of fully controllable colour mixing lights creating flashing patterns.

Tickets are on sale now for the winter extravaganza, the UK’s only Christmas steam illuminations of its type. The railway is advising people who are eager to visit to book early for the magical experience, which this year also features a stunning giant tree of lights and snowfall over the railway’s famous bridge, which featured in the Harry Potter movies.

All the family will have fun with their LED wristbands that flash in time with the train lights, as they travel the 10-mile return journey through the Hampshire countryside, between Alresford and Alton, with static Christmas light displays and festive music all part of the enchanting journey.

Delicious refreshments will be available before boarding and all passengers will have an opportunity to see the outside of the train brightly lit up at the start, middle and end of their journey and capture wonderful memories on camera.

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Why not treat yourself to High Tea whilst enjoying the lights on your journey?

Adult – £9.50 Per Person
Turkey and cranberry roll, cheese and biscuits, mince pie, satsuma and a bottle of still water

Child – £4.95 Per Person
Ham and cheese roll, gingerbread, dried fruit pack, satsuma, candy cane and an apple juice drink

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free teas available -please notify The Railway at least 5 days prior to the event. 

The West Country Buffet will also be open from 3pm all evening for hot and cold food and drinks, and the Alton Kiosk will be open for hot drinks, cakes and snacks.


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Compartment (up to 6 people) £150

Table (up to 4 people) £96

Table (up to 2 people) £48

Children under 2 years: Free

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26-28 November 2021

3-5, 10-12, 16-23, 27-31 December 2021

1-2 January 2022

Various times available between 3.50pm and 8.30pm.

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Alresford: Pay & display car park, operated by Winchester City Council. Disabled parking available.

Alton: Pay & display car park, operated by South Western Railway. Please be advised spaces may be limited.

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Anyone arriving on the day with symptoms of Covid-19 will be refused entry and not be eligible for a refund. Anyone developing symptoms prior to the event and notifying the railway will receive a full refund.