Duke Energy Holiday Trains Celebrate 75th Anniversary
CINCINNATI, OH. – The holidays are back at the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC). Duke Energy Holiday Trains continue to evoke childlike wonder in children of all ages as they celebrate their 75th birthday. A blizzard of custom LEGO bricks returns, featuring whimsical scenes and characters from your favorite books and movies.
Historic trains and new technologies fill the galleries with moments of winter wonders. And Santa Claus feeds his reindeer and prepares his sleigh for a trip to the tristate.
Since 1946, families have come together to watch miniature locomotives and railcars ply snowdrifts and crowded streets. They looked at scenes of people dragging freshly cut trees into their homes, pushing cars over snowy hills and cluttering up the train station. This year, adults will once again lean in to share the same eye-level perspectives they remember from their childhood and hoist a new generation on their shoulders for a fresh take on a Cincinnati vacation tradition. Kids who grew up visiting downtown trains now take their grandchildren to see the same trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Duke Energy Holiday Trains are surrounded by other incredible train configurations, some dating back over 100 years. The Cincinnati-based Carlisle & Finch Company produced the world’s first electric toy train in 1896. Their 1904 version clicks Holiday Junction, showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and detail in its trains, cars, buildings and metal bridges. Nearby is a pre-WWII Lionel network and a 1960’s Lionel Super O network, with out-of-the-box structures designed to complement O-scale trains.
Back, Brickopolis, a blizzard of LEGO bricks transformed into fantastical scenes from the magical worlds of Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Harry Potter and more. The whimsical display is a feast of research and discovery surrounding a stunning LEGO metropolis with running trains, active seashores, and detours by local residents.
Speaking of search and find, a holiday scavenger hunt featuring CMC-themed items hidden in the garden railroad layout invites you to wander, peel your eyes, and peruse every detail in the garden. search for flying pigs, dinosaurs and more nestled in the snowy hills.
Of course, no holiday is complete with a visit to Santa Claus. Santa is coming on Friday, November 26, and whatever list you find yourself on, he’ll be sitting by his fireplace, eager to hear what you want for the holidays or ready for you to make your case. Her stomach will shake like a bowl full of jelly in the Public Landing adjacent to Holiday Junction.
Holiday Junction featuring Duke Energy Holiday Trains will be open from November 12, 2021 to January 3, 2022. Hours of operation will be 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday with some extended hours.
Tickets cost $ 10 each for adults and children or $ 5 with the purchase of any other museum experience. Admission is free for CMC members. Visit cincymuseum.org/holiday-junction for more details and special holiday times.
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