Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
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. The new no-touch interactive storybook experieance tells the story of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, and families can also partcipate in a holiday scavenger hunt. November 13, 2020 through January 3, 2021.
Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
North Polar Express at PNC Festival of Lights
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 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021 with bonus dates of January 8-10 and 15-17.
A Very Merry Garden Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
LM&M Railroad Holiday Express
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 a socially-distanced visit with Santa Claus and gifted with a holiday bell and individually wrapped cookie as a parting gift. Advance reservations required. Train times vary, December 3-20, 2020.
Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum
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.
Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad at Winterfest
CANCELLED FOR 2020.
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.
Written by: Jessica Gordon with updates by Emily Lloyd, Abby Davidson and Amber Potter