Local Christmas Activities: Trains at NorthPark

I have been wanting to take our little one to Trains at NorthPark since the year she was born so was excited when they invited us to check it out before it opened to the public. Our daughter loves trains right now so I knew this was the perfect year to go and I was right. She had a lot of fun watching all the trains especially when she spotted Thomas and Percy. I imagine that's a hit among most of the toddlers. My husband and I also enjoyed checking out all the different details in each display. My personal favorite? The State Fair of Texas! I think my daughter also liked this as she still remembers all the fun memories we just made there. We will likely add this to our annual traditions and I am sure she will enjoy it differently each year.

The Trains at NorthPark celebrates its 27th years as one of Dallas' favorite holiday traditions opening November 22nd and lasting through January 4th, 2015. This year the exhibiti is located on Level One near Nordstrom smack dab between Talbot's and Ann Taylor. Your visit to the Trains at NorthPark will help raise nearly a third of the Ronald McDonald  House of Dallas' annual budget according to Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO.

Watching the Trains at NorthPark

The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes personalized, hand-painted railcars rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America as seen through Santa’s workshop. New this year is the Perot Museum, which will be featured in the Dallas cityscape.

Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas (a personal favorite) and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights.

The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. The Trains have been a holiday tradition for two generations of Dallas children—area families have been purchasing railcars personalized with their children’s names and other special holiday messages. Thousands visit The Trains at NorthPark each season.

Percy at The Trains at NorthPark

HOURS, DATES AND TICKETS:

Hours and times are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The early closing dates are as follows: November 26, Thanksgiving Eve, at 6 p.m.; December 24, Christmas Eve, at 4 p.m.; December 31, New Years Eve, at 6 p.m.; January 1, New Years Day, at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it will be open on New Year's Day.

The cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (ages 2 to 12) and senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 2 admitted free. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1.00 off regular admission). NorthPark Center is located at North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.

VOLUNTEERS:

For those interested in volunteering, visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old without a parent, or 12-14 years old and accompanied by a parent.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS:

Established in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 35,000 families of seriously ill or injured children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances.

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