The holidays in Cincinnati have officially arrived: Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open for the season!
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open daily through Jan. 5, 2020, and is a must for each and every Cincinnatian this holiday season.
Just like last year, Holiday Junction is in its very own space, offering kids a bird’s-eye views of the exquisite layout.
As you walk through the hallway to the trains, the exhibit opens up before your eyes. You’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of the historic layouts in the brand-new showroom, which is truly spectacular.
More than 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives chug through a mini metropolis on 1,000 feet of track.
But the eponymous Duke Energy trains are just the beginning: Holiday Junction also boasts a separate space with a kid-sized train ride, Lionel and Thomas the Tank Engine (and friends!) train displays, build-your-own snowman, interactive snowy space where kids can dance and make “footprints” and an area with passenger cab-like cars for catching your breath.
There’s lots of room to wander around, with interactive opportunities throughout.
The new space is much more open, offering increased accessibility for families and children, and expanded train layouts. There are lots of different displays throughout the exhibit space, and plenty of opportunities for interactive fun.
The trains don’t stop here – Tower A will be open during Holiday Junction, too.
The original control tower of the station, Tower A will be open from 12-4 pm, Friday through Sunday during Holiday Junction.
This year’s Holiday Junction features new features like a light tunnel and the CMC’s famous polar bear.
No holiday event is complete without a light tunnel, and kids will love wandering through this one.
Holiday Junction also features includes an interactive winter wonderland.
Interactive opportunities abound at Holiday Junction: you can build a Mr. Potato Head-esque snowman, make footprints in the snow on an interactive dance pad and climb aboard a kid-sized train that chugs through a snowy garden railway layout.
There’s LEGO layouts, too
Over in the William L. Mallory, Sr. Gallery is Brickopolis – an epic winter wonderland featuring working trains and vehicles, tons of different scenes, local buildings and pop culture characters thrown in for good measure. Cincy Lug has really outdone themselves with this year’s display.
There’s also a sizable LEGO play area at the end with both a LEGO table and Duplo zone, and this is a fun place to relax and let your kids touch, build and play after exploring Holiday Junction.
Of course, Holiday Junction wouldn’t be complete without Santa, and he arrives Nov. 29.
Be sure to follow Mr. C on social media – find him on Twitter: @CMC_Santa, Facebook: @CMCsanta and look for the hashtag: #CMCsanta to follow his adventures in Cincy.
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains isn’t simply a holiday tradition; it’s a holiday experience.
There is so much to see, you’re going to want to go several times. And happily, Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open daily through Jan. 5, giving families lots of time to enjoy this beloved exhibit. It’s going to be a very happy holiday season in Cincinnati.
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open daily through Jan. 5, 2020. This awesome exhibit is FREE for CMC members. Non-member admission can be found here. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Museum Center website.