Annual Dallas holiday train exhibit worth the trip

December 13, 2013 by  

The Trains at NorthPark will once again delight young and old alike on the second level of NorthPark Center. This will make the 15th year that the Bank of Texas has sponsored this mammoth train display, considered by many to be the most elaborate exhibit of its kind in the state.

Allen residents making the short drive to Dallas between now and January 5 should set aside the time to see the many miniature Texas landmarks included in the display. Visitors can watch as trains whizz past such sites as the Texas State Fair, Dallas’s own Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and the Cotton Bowl.

With 1,600 feet of track, the trains travel “across America” rolling through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and past Times Square on their way to Washington D.C., where they glide by The White House. The whole exhibit covers more than 4,000 square feet. This allows the trains to visit other iconic locations across the country, such as the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, and where everyone used to get their “kicks”, Route 66.

The proceeds from admission go to the Dallas Ronald McDonald House and entrance fees are $6 per adult and $3 for children and senior citizens. To raise more money and provide visitors with a memento to keep, organizers of events like this often engage postcard printing companies.

The trains do not run on Christmas Day. Their hours of operation are 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 6:00 pm on Sundays. There are early hours of closing on Christmas Eve (4:00 pm) and New Year’s Eve (6:00 pm).