Model trains are synonymous with Christmas. Toy trains remind us of simpler times and they evoke sentimental feelings when related to all things Christmas. Model trains sets have always been a popular Christmas gift and many household make up their own display under the Christmas tree. Oh what fun it is to see the choo-choo train chugging along the track around the tree.
Because of the deep history America has with model trains, train shows pop up during the holidays with magnificent displays that delight children and adults alike.
Here are some of the model train shows happening this holiday season in and around Connecticut. Make sure to take your children to one of these trains show and enjoy a bit of nostalgia.
The Annual Connecticut River Museum Holiday Train Show take places November 22, 2022 through February 19, 2023 and features train artist, Steve Cryan’s fully operational 26-foot train layout.
The Annual Eli Whitney Museum American Flyer Train Show features a 3/16” scale model train exhibit from November 25th, 2022 and runs through January 15, 2023. Admission is Free but donations are appreciated.
The Annual Holiday Express Train Show at the Fairfield Museum open December 3, 2022 at 10am and runs through January 2, 2023. Members of the Fairfield-based Housatonic Model Railroad Club, the Connecticut G-Scalers Club, and the Central Connecticut G-Gaugers Club will be on hand to answer questions and point out details of the collectibles, classic trains, modular dioramas, and antique trains in this eye-popping holiday display.
Returning the day after Thanksgiving through January 16, 2023, the Annual Wilton Historical Society Great Holiday Train Show is one of the most cherished of Wilton’s traditions. Take the children in your life to an entrancing afternoon with trains and holiday excitement.
The Annual New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is happening November 19, 2022 through January 16, 2023 in the Bronx, New York where you will delight as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks.