Trains are a staple part of the holiday season, from the Polar Express movie to Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via railcar in many towns. However, some folks kick it up a notch in their homes and have miniature train replicas surrounded by tiny villages. But there’s no need to fret if you don’t have a small town circled by an active track under your evergreen. There are plenty of Cincinnati Christmas train display options to add to your holiday to-do list, and here are a few favorites to visit this season.
Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Affectionately dubbed the Cincy Museum, the Cincinnati Museum Center is a hub of activity all year round. But did you realize that this museum’s roots are steeped in railroad history? The Cincy Museum is inside Union Terminal, an art deco-style train station designated as a National Historic Landmark. Plus, during the holidays — starting November 12th this year — the museum features Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.
This downtown Cincinnati Christmas train display debuted in 1946, so don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a long-standing tradition. Highlights are a holiday scavenger hunt, a themed LEGO display called Brickopolis, and the arrival of Santa on November 26th. Take the entire family to this fun exhibit in Cincy before it closes on January 3rd.
Located about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati in West Chester, Entertrainment Junction is the main attraction for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. From November 13th through January 2nd, visitors can enjoy Christmas at the Junction and see the World’s Largest Christmas Train Display. The exhibit is housed in 25,000 square feet of space, features 90 trains, and has over two miles of track. Also, keep an eye out for Mr. and Mrs. Claus while you’re there!
Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer-Crawford Museum
Don’t mind that this display is in Kentucky because it’s right across the bridge from the city, so it definitely qualifies as a Cincinnati Christmas train display. The Behringer-Crawford Museum focuses on Kentucky’s heritage, so you can learn a bit of history before or after viewing the Holiday Toy Trains exhibit. The event opens on November 13th and runs through January 9th, so there is plenty of time to enjoy seeing these miniature trains in action.
Lumaze Christmas Light Festival and Market is a whole world in itself. Although it’s not a traditional train display, kids can explore during a ride on Louis the Locomotive. The train leaves every 30 minutes, so there are many opportunities to ride while enjoying the festivities. If you want to feel like you’re in a village, you can stroll by lit-up replicas of the Taj Mahal and Big Ben. Plus, the holiday market, live entertainment, and multiple food vendors add to the fun of being at Lumaze.
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