Christmas Leave

Experience Christmas on a WWII railway

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26th - 27th December 2019

"We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again..."

This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.

Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas.

On both the 26th and 27th December, our period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying wartime music, steam and seasonal merriment. Come and join them for this unique experience.

Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40s entertainment on offer.

What's On

  • All day travel on our steam trains
  • Live 1940s music at Alresford and Alton stations
  • ARP display at Alresford in the Cattle Dock
  • Reading Room at Alresford Goods Shed with wartime games

View images from previous Christmas Leave events

Click here for our Re enactor Post with news and information on Christmas Leave and our summer War On The Line events for our regular re enactors.

Dates for your Diary - War on the Line 2020

Our summer wartime event will take place on 13th & 14th June 2020

Advanced fares include all booking fees and tickets cost the same on the day. Parking is Free in Alresford on Bank Holidays and Sundays.


Parking is available at Alton or Alresford stations.

Alresford, Station Road SO24 9JG: 30p per hour, £1.50 for over 4 hours (free Sundays and public holidays). Coin only. This car park is operated by Winchester City Council.

Alton, Station Road GU34 2PZ: £7.50 weekdays and £2 weekends/bank holidays (pay with card or over the phone). This car park is operated by South West Trains.

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.

Please note: Entry to this special event is by travel ticket only. Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers, including Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are NOT VALID for this event.