ALL ABOARD for holiday train season!
Enjoying Cincinnati holiday trains has been a staple festive activity in our house since my son was a baby. Around Cincinnati are 16 holiday train displays and ride-on train attractions. So hop on board, and enjoy holiday train season before it choo choos out of town.
Cincinnati Holiday Trains
Holiday Train Displays
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center
The Duke Energy Holiday Trains have been a Cincinnati staple for the last 75 years. The trains are on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of Holiday Junction now through January 2.
The big attractions at Holiday Junction are the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and the Brickopolis LEGO display. But also make sure to check out the holiday scavenger hunt, interactive holiday exhibits, and visits with Santa.
Cincinnati Museum Center is open Thursday through Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), but check their social media for special holiday hours. Tickets to Holiday Junction can be purchased online or added to any museum experience.
Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Celestial Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
Celestial Holiday is this year’s annual holiday event at Krohn Conservatory. This event features a train display set among miniature replicas of Cincinnati landmarks and holiday flora. Celestial Holiday runs daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm November 5, 2022 to January 8, 2023. Please check their calendar for dates with limited hours.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Children ages 4 and under are free.
Krohn Conservatory is located at 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Holly Jolly Days at Behringer-Crawford Museum
Holly Jolly Days is the holiday event at Behringer-Crawford Museum. This event features a holiday train display with interactive accessories for guests to enjoy. There will also be family fun activities, light display on select nights, and a special ‘White Christmas’ movie exhibit.
This attraction runs November 12, 2022 to January 8, 2022. The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday. BCM is closed on holidays and Monday, but will have special hours on Monday, December 26 and January 2.
Behringer-Crawford Museum is located in Devou Park at 1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011
Bill Schott’s Holiday Train Display at Highfield Discovery Garden
Highfield Discovery Garden is such a neat spot to explore, and finding Bill Schott’s Holiday Train Display was an added bonus. This train display is set-up in the Garden Workshop. The trains are on display November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023.
The garden is open from 10:30am to 4:30pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 12:00pm to 4:30pm on Sunday during the cooler months. There is an entry fee for ages 2 and up.
Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens is located at 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Train Days at Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods
Heritage Village Museum, located within Sharon Woods, is a living history museum set in 19th century life in Ohio. During the holidays, the museum hosts Train Days, featuring a large model train display inside a historic train station.
Train Days runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm on December 15 to 17 and December 21 to 23. Tickets are $4 per person, and children under age 4 are free.
Heritage Village Museum is located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241
Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods
New for 2022 is Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods. This new attraction includes a walkable light display, visits with Santa, a train display, animal encounters, wagon rides, food & drink, and more! The interactive holiday train display is located in Santaland in the red barn area. Here you can also find Santa and his reindeer, letters to Santa, crafts, and pony rides.
Holidays on the Farm is open on select nights from 5:00pm to 9:00pm beginning November 18 to December 23, 2022. In November, this attraction is open Friday to Sunday. In December, it is open Thursday to Sunday the first two weekends, then open nightly from December 15-23. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door – although it is cheaper to buy tickets in advance.
Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods is located at 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Christmas at the Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction
EnterTRAINment Junction is home to the world’s largest indoor train display. Christmas at the Junction features the Main Street Holiday Trains on display now through January 1, 2023. After you have your fill of trains, head over to Winter Wonderland to see Santa & Mrs. Clause, reindeer, and the elf workshop.
EnterTRAINment Junction offers different ticket options for your visit. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Junction.
EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester Township, OH 45069
Milford Garden Center
Milford Garden Center has transformed their greenhouse into a winter wonderland, complete with model train display. There is no charge to check out the trains. This winter wonderland is on display through December 24.
Current hours for the garden center are 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Thursday. Weekend hours are 9:00am to 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday.
Milford Garden Center is located at 1025 Lila Ave., Milford OH, 45150
Cranberry & Linville River Railroad Co.
Cranberry & Linville River Railroad Co. is a 1600 sq. ft. holiday train display at a private residence in northern Kentucky. This display was built by owners Dan and Pam Stenger with help from their children. The C&LR display features scenes from the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.
This holiday train display is open to the public from 7:00 to 9:00pm on December 2, 9, 16, and 23. And don’t miss Santa, who is stopping by on December 23.
And a big THANK YOU to Dan’s niece for telling me all about this cool train display.
The Cranberry & Linville River Railroad Co. display is located at 557 Mustang Drive, Walton, KY 41094
Ride-On Holiday Trains
North Polar Express at PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
While enjoying the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, make sure to hop aboard the North Polar Express train for a special view of all the lights. Train rides begin at 2:30pm daily. A brand new train was put into service the beginning of December 2022.
The Festival of Lights runs from November 18, 2022 to January 8, 2023. The Cincinnati Zoo is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm, with festivities beginning at 4pm. Admission to the Festival of Lights is included in zoo tickets and passes. However, train tickets must be purchased with an Admission + Ride Packages ticket or with a membership that includes rides (Gold level and above).
PNC Festival of Lights at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220
Station on the Levee at Newport on the Levee
Newport on the Levee has a new holiday train for 2022. The Station on the Levee is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6:00pm beginning November 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023. Tickets are $5 each to enjoy a ride through The Gallery.
Newport on the Levee is located at 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071
North Pole Express by LM&M Railroad
Looking for an authentic train experience? Then check out the North Pole Express by LM&M Railroad. This experience includes a train ride in cars decked out in Christmas decorations. Santa and his elves are on board to spread Christmas cheer.
The North Pole Express runs in select dates in November and December. Advanced reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online.
LM&M Railway Ticket Office is located at 16 E. South Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
Midnight Express Miniature Train Rides at A Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park
A Carillon Christmas is a holiday event at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio. Take a ride on the Midnight Express, a miniature holiday train ride throughout the historic park.
This event is open 5:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5:00pm to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday. In addition to the holiday train, enjoy the light displays, Santa, a Christmas village, and more.
A Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park is located at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409
K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad at Kings Island’s WinterFest
WinterFest at Kings Island features the amusement park decked out in holiday lights, shows, attractions and more. One of the attractions running during WinterFest is the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad. Hop on the train to ride around this WinterFest wonderland.
King Island’s WinterFest runs on select nights November 25 through December 31, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online. Admission is included for those with an annual pass.
WinterFest at Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034
The Christmas Ranch
The Christmas Ranch is a drive thru light experience in Morrow. After enjoying the lights, head into the village to check out shops, see Santa, and hop on one of the holiday train and wagon rides. Ride around the village to enjoy the lights from a different vantage point. Tickets for the train and wagon rides are $4.50 per person. Ages 3 and under are free.
This attraction runs from November 18 through December 23. In December, the ranch is open on Sunday to Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00pm, and on Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online.
The Christmas Ranch is located at 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH 45152
North Pole Express at Holiday Whopla
Holiday Whopla in downtown Middletown is a holiday lights festival with themed venues, ice-skating rink, ride-on train, vendors, and of course, Santa. Jump on the North Pole Express, a ride-on holiday train ride, and take a spin around the ice rink.
The North Pole Express chugs into town on December 9 to 10 and December 16 to 17 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Rides are $5 per person.
Holiday Whopla ice rink is located at 39 N Broad St, Middletown, OH 45042
I hope you enjoy the magic of holiday trains. There is so much to see and enjoy around Cincinnati. Happy Holidays, friends!