Christmas Train Displays

Ohio Christmas Train Displays – Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

xmas-entertrainmentEnterTRAINment Junction, the location of the world’s largest indoor train display, offers a separate, FREE holiday train display throughout December just inside its doors.

The seasonal celebration creates a holiday glow families will never forget with, among other things, lights and decorations, holiday music, free Christmas train layouts, a re-telling of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol, and a memorable journey to the North Pole to see Santa and his workshop. The best part is that it’s all inside!…so families cannot endure cold or miserable winter weather. It’s all part of the total entertainment experience awaiting children, teens, parents, and grandparents at the ONLY train-themed entertainment center on the planet, with 80,000 square feet of holiday fun all under one roof. However, the main train display requires admission.

There is much to see and do at the Christmas At EnterTRAINment Junction. First, visitors enter EnterTRAINment Junction’s beautiful 1930s-era Main Street cityscape, all decked out in a warm ambiance of holiday lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, gift packages, colorful bunting, and more. Carolers will perform periodically. Main Street also has a sidewalk café, gift shop, and several party rooms for special events.

Just off Main Street is the FREE Holiday Trains display in the Expo Center. Here, visitors will find three unique train layouts, including a Lionel train display initially exhibited at the popular Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. A G-scale (large-scale) train display also features the ever-popular Dept. 56 buildings and villages. Plus, a third train display (also G-scale) is set against a beautiful winter wonderland backdrop and was created by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society members.

Also off Main Street is the new Junction Hobbies just in time for great holiday shopping! Trains, Thomas, and Toys greet visitors to this large (5,000 square feet) retail store, offering thousands of top-of-the-line products and supplies from the biggest names in the hobby industry. Shoppers will find, among other things, G-scale and HO-scale trains and accessories along with the Midwest’s largest selection of doll houses and miniatures, a huge selection of the ever-popular Thomas The Train merchandise, PLAYMOBIL products, and much more.

Main Street, the Expo Center Holiday Trains, and the new Junction Hobbies store are all FREE to the public.

entertrainment-entryDon’t miss the Christmas Journey.

Christmas Journey is two holiday “journeys” or “walk-through” experiences for families that share the good times of Christmas past.

A Christmas Carol transports visitors to the time of Charles Dickens, where they become part of his classic holiday story in this interactive journey. It features period holiday music, theatrical lighting, and the decor of the season. Authentic period costumes, memorable characters, and beautiful decorations greet visitors as they experience the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a way not seen before.

Visitors are immersed in the heart of Victorian England as they enter Scrooge’s musty manor house. Here, they are met by period-costumed guides who act as storytellers on an adventure through Dickens’ tale. The guides play multiple roles in this updated version of the story and, at times, even get the guests involved in the action.

Along the journey, which takes 8-10 minutes, visitors experience the London of the early 1800s, with alleyways, wrought iron fencing, and flickering gas lights. During the journey, guests are visited by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future (presented in a unique, fun, and unexpected fashion) as they wind their way through Scrooge’s counting house, Bob Cratchit’s home, and a cemetery with weeping willows.

entertrainment-hotelThen, it’s off to Journey To The North Pole, where visitors become wrapped in an amazing winter wonderland and embark on a memorable family voyage through snowy landscapes and frosted ice caves on the way to the North Pole and Santa’s Village. Along the way, they encounter a vortex of snow and an Evergreen forest with animated animals. Finally, visitors arrive at an imaginative North Pole village with a post office, a sleigh house, a reindeer barn, and an elves’ workshop where Santa’s helpers are busy making toys. At last visitors discover Santa’s House, all trimmed in holiday colors and lights. They meet Mrs. Claus, who has been baking all day and offers children a fresh cookie. Then, down the hall and into a study, there he is – jolly ol’ Santa himself, awaiting children to listen to what they want for Christmas.

The award-winning EnterTRAINment Junction is home to the world’s largest indoor model train display (25,000 square feet, 90 trains, two miles of track), a giant kids’ interactive play area, the American Railroading Museum, an expo center, and seasonal walk-throughs decorated for the holidays.

EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio, off I-75 at Tylersville Rd. exit (#22). For more information, call (513) 898-8000 or (877) 898-4656, or visit www.entertrainmentjunction.com for hours and costs.