Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains (photo: Abby Erwin)
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains (photo: Abby Erwin)

At the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal you can explore the beloved train exhibit with more than 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives during its annual Holiday Junction event. Visitors can also enjoy a bird's-eye view of the whole display from an elevated walkway. Returning is Brickopolis, the LEGO displays depicting the worlds of Disney, DC Comics, Harry Potter and more. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the popular display and guests will be able to flip through 75 years of Duke Energy Holiday Trains history in an interactive storybook with just the wave of their hand. 

Holiday Junction runs November 12, 2021 through January 3, 2022. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday with select extended hours.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction (photo: EnterTRAINment Junction)
Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction (photo: EnterTRAINment Junction)

EnterTRAINment Junction, with two miles of track, trains depicting every era of American railroading and the A-Maze-N Funhouse (which features a mirror maze and a hilarious tilt room), provides tons of fun all year long for little engineers. During Christmas at the Junction, step into 80,000 square feet of holiday fun with a special Christmas cityscape display, seasonal lights and decor. Journey to the North Pole to visit with Santa virtually via live on-screen appearances. November 13, 2021 through January 2, 2022.
 

North Polar Express at PNC Festival of Lights

Train at PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo (photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
Train at PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo (photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)

Head to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and witness a wonderland of dazzling holiday lights and festive cheer. Hop on the train and take a ride around the zoo and marvel at the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake. There is an additonal cost to ride the train. Reservations to visit the zoo are required. The PNC Festival of Lights takes place November 19, 2021 through January 9, 2022. 

Trains and Traditions, A Cincinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory

Girl and woman admiring the decor at the Krohn Conservatory holiday show (photo: Cincinnati Parks)
Krohn Conservatory holiday show (photo: Cincinnati Parks)

Lush green foliage, red poinsettias and holiday trees greet visitors at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park during Trains and Traditions, A Cincinnati Holiday. As is tradition, a model train chugs through a scenic wonderland of holiday florals and miniature recreations of the Cincinnati region’s most iconic landmarks. The event will run from November 6, 2021 through January 9, 2022. 
 

LM&M Railroad Holiday Express

Train at Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (photo: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad)
Train at Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (photo: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad)

During this festive roundtrip ride on a vintage LM&M Railroad train, elves make holiday balloons and share stories about the North Pole in a heated, socially-distanced train car. After the Holiday Express train ride, families will be guided by elves to magical visit with Santa Claus and gifted with a holiday bell and individually wrapped cookie as a parting gift. Advance reservations required. Train dates and times vary, November 19 - December 26, 2021.

Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum

Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum (photo: Behringer-Crawford Museum)
Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum (photo: Behringer-Crawford Museum)

Back for 2021!
With vintage Lionel and Plasticville trains, Thomas the Tank Engine and more 
than 30 moving, interactive displays carefully built at kids’ eye level, this magical tableau is tailor-made for children. The 250 feet of track rolls through busy cities and snowy countrysides.
November 13 - January 9. 
 

Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad at Winterfest

Miami Valley Railroad train at Kings Island (photo: Kings Island)
Miami Valley Railroad train at Kings Island (photo: Kings Island)

BACK FOR 2021!
The authentic steam-spitting engines of the trains in this fleet are actually 1/3 scale replicas of famous locomotives from the 1800s. Ring in the holidays by taking a ride on this train through Kings Island as it's decked out for Winterfest with millions of lights.
 

November 26 - December 31