The holidays are a lot brighter this year: November marks the much-anticipated public opening of Cincinnati Museum Center’s beloved Union Terminal! And the star of the show is Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.
Holiday Junction has been a Cincinnati tradition since 1946, and we were all disappointed when the CMC renovations resulted in last year’s holiday trains hiatus. That’s now a distant memory, though, as the beloved display is back and better than ever! Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open daily through Jan. 27, 2019, and is a must for each and every Cincinnatian this holiday season.
Holiday Junction is the same attraction we all know and love — but updated in new and exciting ways!
Most notably, Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is in a new space with a fresh, new perspective. 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.
Cincinnati-based Reverb Art + Designs created the stylized Greater Cincinnati (above right) and Northern Kentucky (above left) skyline above the trains. It’s a nod to the Art Deco style of the CMC, as well as our city’s iconic buildings and skyline.
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.
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.
And then there’s the LEGO display – 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 in a very big way this year! The CMC Santa arrives via helicopter at 11:50 am on Nov. 23 — this is a once-in-a-season event you won’t want to miss! 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 the end of January, 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. 27, 2019. This awesome exhibit is FREE for CMC members. Non-member admission can be found here. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Museum Center website.