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Holiday Trains in Columbus, Ohio

Here are 5 holiday train and train related events going on around Columbus during the holiday season! Your train lovers will be in heaven!

One of the fun things about the holidays is the train-related events and displays that pop up around Columbus! These holiday trains in Columbus always make our list of must-do activities in November and December!

1. Holiday Train at Ohio History Connection

  • When: November 16, 2022 – Early January
  • Where: 800 E. 17th. Ave., Columbus OH 43211
  • Website
holiday train at Ohio History Center

There is a Lionel Model Railroad set up by Central Ohio Model Railroad Club at the Ohio History Center during their holiday season. Kids can interact with the train set, pressing buttons to make the trains go!

If you haven’t been to Ohio History Center (or even if you have!), it would make a great trip over Winter Break! There are lots of interactive exhibits for kids including a cabin and hands on pioneer area! There lots of mounted animals to see and a small play area for kids!

holiday train at Ohio History Center

2. Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library

  • When: Beginning November 30, 2022 through Early January
  • Where: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
  • Website
holiday train at main library, columbus

Main Library is home to the Huntington Holiday Train and every year this amazing display is set up during the holiday season! The train is usually on display through New Years!

This is a handcrafted, Paul Busse railroad that is just incredible to see! There is usually a list of items to look for in scavenger hunt fashion hanging on the fence surrounding the railroad! Make sure to climb the steps to look down on the railroad and see it from a new angle!

holiday train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

3. The Paul Busse Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory

  • When: November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
  • Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
  • Website

You can see the Paul Busse Garden Railway in the Grand Mallway at Franklin Park Conservatory! This outdoor train display has been set up throughout the year and will be decorated for the holidays during the annual Conservatory Aglow event!

Conservatory Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. After 5:00 PM there is a special engagement rate for this event. But you can see this train during the regular daytime hours for the regular admission price or with your membership.

4. Holiday Trains and Letters to Santa at Ohio Railway Museum

  • When: Select weekends in December
  • Where: 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website
Train at Ohio Railway Museum
Photo provided by Ohio Railway Museum

Ohio Railway Museum hosts Letters To Santa in December. Kids can write a letter to santa and mail it in the Railroad Post office Car and there will be craft making for kids! This event will happen in 2022, stay tuned for confirmed dates!

5. Holiday Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club

  • When: Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and each Saturday and Sunday in December, 2022 from 12:00-4:00 PM. (Closed Christmas Day)
  • Where: 6471 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website
boy in front of a model railroad

Thanksgiving Weekend and every Saturday and Sunday in December you can visit Central Ohio Model Railroad Club during their Holiday Open House. They have an extensive display including an interactive Thomas the Train layout that kids can run!

Look for new structures, scenery and trains ! Admission and parking are free! Raffle tickets for prizes will be sold for $1 each or 6 for $5.

Central Ohio Model Railroad Open House
  • If you have kids that love trains, you should plan a trip to EnterTRAINment Junction, an amazing train museum open all year round!

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Jack Minute

Friday 1st of December 2017

Julie, Thank you for these ideas. I have a nephew who absolutely loves trains. Was wondering where to take him to that will "blow his mind" during the holidays. We'll be definitely checking out your recommendations.