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26-28 november 2021
3-5, 10-23 & 27-31 december 2021
1-2 & 7-8 january 2022

It's back! Steam Illuminations is even BIGGER than before!

Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!

Marvel at the wonderful light show with different colours and flashing patterns, whilst sitting back and relaxing on one of our steam trains as it travels up and down our 10 mile line.

NEW for 2021, travel through magical ‘snow’ at one part of the ride and spot new light installations along the line!

You will have a chance to see the outside of the train at the start, middle and end of your journey to capture it by camera.

Everyone is given an LED wristband (included in the price of your ticket) to wear on the train and take home after the event.

Popular and traditional music will play along with the lights to enhance your experience.

a Wonderful family experience

Trains depart from either Alresford or Alton and complete a round trip, back to the starting station.

This is a wonderful experience for the whole family and is sure to be an event to remember!

PLEASE NOTE: Father Christmas will NOT be appearing during Steam Illuminations.

CAUTION: This event consists of many flashing lights so may be unsuitable for people suffering from epilepsy.

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Under 2 years


Table for up to 2 people


Table for up to 4 people


Compartment for up to 6 people


Please note, a small number of people are having problems with payment. Please click here to understand what might be happening. 

covid safety guidelines

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.


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.

High Tea Boxes

Regrettably due to high demand we have had to suspend sales of high tea boxes. However, there will be hot and cold food and drink available on the night at the West Country Buffet on Alresford platform, and refreshments at Alton kiosk.

The T-Junction will be open for refreshments at Ropley from 4pm – 9pm.

Frequently asked questions

Please click here to see frequently asked questions.

The company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.

The Watercress Line
The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

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Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society is a registered charity, number 284406


Special Days

We have Special Days all year round at the Watercress Line. From family-friendly events such as Day Out With Thomas to evening dining experiences through the heart of Hampshire.