Prepare to be dazzled at the Watercress Line’s festive Steam Illuminations

Visitors to Hampshire’s Watercress Line can ride the colourful Steam Illuminations train this winter season for a magical journey filled with festive fun.

The Christmas sound and light show, featuring a constantly changing display of colourful computer-controlled LED lights outside and inside the heritage steam train, will run from November to January.

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Brand new for 2022, there will be two ways to enjoy this spectacular event. Steam Illuminations trains will be a stunning immersive experience for all the family with fun festive music. On selected evenings, there will be a further magical transformation into Steam Illuminations Party Mix trains for the over-18s wanting to celebrate Christmas with a difference.

The new Steam Illuminations Party Mix trains will include a specially curated DJ soundtrack playing some of the best music from the 1960s all the way through to the present day, creating a fun and unique atmosphere on board that will keep your feet tapping and get you dancing in the aisles.

All visitors to the spectacular light show train rides will be provided with an LED wristband which interacts with the on-board music and lights for an immersive experience. In addition to some great festive tunes, entertainment will be provided along the way by the one and only Voiceover Man, as heard on Britain’s Got Talent.

Glittering static outdoor light displays will light up the journey as passengers travel by steam up and down the heritage railway line.

Festive treat boxes and drinks hampers can also be pre-ordered and collected on arrival.

Watercress Line CEO Amanda Squires said: “We can’t wait to brighten up the dark winter nights with our breathtaking Steam Illuminations and the brand new Steam Illuminations Party Mix trains this festive season. It will be a wonderful experience and is sure to get everyone in the mood for Christmas!

“This event is always popular, so please make sure you book your tickets early online. Come on board and enjoy the festivities.”

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