Toy Train Christmas

Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree.  The first Toy Train Christmas in 2004 had its humble beginning with 9  fully decorated Christmas trees and each had a toy train around it.   By 2011, there were 40 operating trains.  As the event grows we are anticipating even more operating layouts  including a full range of electric trains in operation from the smallest Z gauge to a large garden scale layout.   Trains range from very old  to new models.    There will be many hands on activities including crafts projects and a caboose full of toy trains designed for younger children to operate.  The  caboose ride from the depot to the "North Pole" to see Santa is a delight for children ages 1 to 100 (our oldest visitor was 102 years old!).  Festivities include free hot chocolate and cookies.  Optional photographs with Santa are available.   Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.  See schedule for actual dates.

Toy trains are a giant hit with the kids.

Toy trains were set up to provide kids an opportunity to view them up close.

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse handcar made its circles on an original handcar.

 

An attempt was made to incorporate the trees and toy trains into the museums normal displays.  Here a Lionel passenger train makes its stop on our REA cart.

Children were provided an opportunity to make their own Christmas decorations and drawings for Santa.

Piper Hale's garden scale layout is always popular.
Toy trains in all sizes including outdoor "G gauge or garden scale were fascinating for the kids.

The caboose ride departs from the museum track in front of the depot. 

Kids were fascinated with their first ride in the cupola of the caboose.

Santa's helpers take photos which are printed on site or provided on CD for additional fee.  

Santa and Mrs. Claus with an elf embark for the North Pole.  The caboose ride ends at the "North Pole"  where the kids are able to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus and deliver their letters directly to him.

Toy train layouts continue to evolve and have become more complex.  Many families have made Toy Train Christmas a family tradition. 

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