The Watercress Line’s highly anticipated ‘Santa Special’ steam locomotive will chuff into town again next month, giving families the chance to travel across the heart of the English countryside in a festive train carriage with Santa and his jolly helpers.
On various dates from 1 December until Christmas Eve, every child on board will receive a gift from Father Christmas as well as a soft drink, gingerbread man and activity pack to keep them entertained on this enchanting one-hour journey, while grown ups will be treated to white wine and mince pies.
Guests of all ages are also asked to bring their very best singing voices to join in with everyone’s favourite Christmas songs!
Woodies Mountford, Marketing Manager at the Watercress Line, said: “Santa Special is a real highlight for families from Hampshire and beyond at Christmas.
“It’s one of the only Santa experiences where families don’t need to queue, and we love seeing children’s faces light up during the magical trip when Father Christmas visits them in their seats and delivers presents.”
On both 26 and 27 December, the festive spirit will continue with the Watercress Line’s popular Christmas Leave, giving guests the chance to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.
Alresford and Alton stations will host a unique experience bringing together re-enactors and the general public to enjoy live 1940s wartime music and parlour games, steam and seasonal merriment.
Woodies added: “Our popular Christmas Leave is the perfect event to bring your family and guests to after Christmas. Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it’s enjoyable for everyone.
“We hope everyone will dress up in 40s attire, mingle with re-enactors and embrace the atmosphere at Christmas Leave. It’s as much about reliving this period as enjoying the rush of the steam engine, so be sure to jump on board one of our locomotives to experience the entire event.”
Visitors will also have the chance to pick up Long Barn’s eagerly anticipated limited edition Alresford bauble at the Watercress Line’s gift shop, now at the Watercress Line, during the Christmas period, which this year captures the spirit and splendour of the heritage railway’s much loved Santa Special train.
Each bauble has been hand painted from the inside by local artist Jen Boardman and comes nestled in a green lined covered gift box stamped with the Long Barn Growers & Distillers mark and the Watercress Line logo. A donation from every sale will go to The Alresford Pigs Association.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website.