ALL ABOARD for Cincinnati holiday train season!
Enjoying Cincinnati holiday trains has been a staple festive activity in our house since my son was a baby. In 2023, there are 16 holiday train displays and ride-on train attractions around Cincinnati. So hop on board, and enjoy Cincinnati holiday train season before it choo choos out of town.
Cincinnati Holiday Trains 2023
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 77 years. The trains are on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of Holiday Junction November 10, 2023 through January 8, 2024.
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), with special holiday hours added for Thanksgiving week, the week before Christmas, Christmas week, and New Years week. 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
Golden Days of Yule at Krohn Conservatory
Golden Days of Yule 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. Golden Days of Yule runs daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm November 11, 2023 to January 7, 2024. 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 toy train display with interactive accessories for guests to enjoy. There will also be family fun activities, outdoor light display in the adjacent naturescape, and a special vintage Christmas decor exhibit.
This attraction runs November 11, 2023 to January 7, 2024. 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.
Behringer-Crawford Museum is located in Devou Park at 1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011
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 20-22, 2023. Tickets are $5 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
Great Parks of Hamilton Country’s Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods is back for it’s second year. 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 November 24 to December 31, 2023 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Please check their website for details. 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 November 18, 2023 to January 2, 2024. 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 the day after Thanksgiving (November 24) through December 24, 2023. Current hours for the garden center are 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
Please note that this train display will move to the Grant Garden Center on SR 131 in Batavia for 2024.
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 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023.
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.
The Festival of Lights runs from November 17, 2023 to January 7, 2024. 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
The Station on the Levee at Newport on the Levee is open from 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 6:00pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 each to enjoy a ride through The Gallery.
Newport on the Levee is located at 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071
Liberty Center Express at Liberty Center
New for 2023 is the Liberty Center Express at Liberty Center. The train debuts on November 18, 2023, and will be open from 11:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6:00pm on Sunday.
The Liberty Center Express is located on the upper level of the Foundry. Tickets are $6 per ride.
Liberty Center is located at 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069
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, and enjoy model train displays.
This event begins November 21 through December 30, 2023, excluding holidays. It 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 beginning November 24 through December 31, 2023. 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 17 through December 23, 2023. It is open 5:00 to 9:00pm Sunday though Thursday, and 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online.
The Christmas Ranch is located at 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH 45152
Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park
Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park is the Renaissance Fair’s winter holiday attraction. Yuletide Village offers holiday light shows, food and drink, holiday market, Yuletide Express train, and photos with Santa – and Krampus. This attraction is open Fridays from 5:00 to 9:00pm and Saturdays from 3:00pm to 9:00pm beginning November 24 to December 16, 2023.
The Yuletide Express train journeys around the park, through Santa Lane, Candy Cane Row, Krampus Way, and Jingle Bell Lane. Tickets are $5/ person and ages 3 & under are free.
Renaissance Park is located at 10542 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH 45068
I hope you enjoy the magical Cincinnati holiday trains around town this year. Happy Holidays, friends!