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Steam Illuminations

A unique, world first digital LED train!
Dec 27th - Jan 3rd Services Cancelled


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4th-6th, 11th-23rd, 27th-31st December 2020
1st-3rd January 2021

Steam Illuminations is an unique, world first, pixel mappable digital LED train! It's an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of 13,174 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. 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.

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!

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


  • Entry is by travel ticket only. Site/platform tickets and discount vouchers are NOT VALID for this event.
  • Parents, grandparents or other responsible adults bringing children can take advantage of our family discount. Regrettably we cannot provide any other discounts for this event.
  • Regrettably dogs are not allowed at this event, unless they are assistance dogs.
  • Please note children under 2 will not receive a seat allocation so will not need a ticket.
  • There will be wheelchair provision at this event but passengers will need to start their journey at Alresford.
  • As per government guidelines for England, we will not accept bookings for groups of more than six people, including under 2s.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no Santa at this event. We have a separate Santa event, called Father Christmas at the Watercress Line. Click here to go to that event.


Ticket Type

Table for up to 2
Table for up to 4 adults
Compartment for up to 6 £140.00
Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children,1 adult & 3 children, 2 adults & 1 child) £75.00
Children under 2 years FREE

The West Country Buffet will be open from 3pm to 8.30pm for hot and cold food and drinks, and the Alton Kiosk will be open for hot drinks, cakes and snacks.

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Parking information:

Alresford Station - Pay and Display. £1.50 for the whole day or free Sundays and Bank Holidays. Disabled parking available.
Alton Station - Pay and Display. £9.30 all day Monday-Friday (£3.50 after 12pm Monday-Friday), £3.50 all day Saturday-Sunday.


We've been loving your videos and photos of Steam Illuminations, however we have had a few instances of drone pilots getting a bit close for comfort at the railway and trains. Please do not operate drones directly above or in front of the trains and remember to keep a minimum separation of 50m between your drone and the railway as per CAA regulations. Your footage is great but please make sure it's done safely. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


(We have a limited number of drone pilots allowed to operate from the railway and any close shots are filmed under controlled conditions.)

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