Where Kids can Find Their Favorite Christmas Train Express

There is something magical about trains at Christmas time. Whether it is the site of train tracks wrapped underneath a family’s Christmas tree or watching a holiday favorite like The Polar Express, trains are a holiday tradition for many.

Last night my son set up his electric train in the living room and I could just see it running under our Christmas tree when we set it up. Christmas trees + trains = magic. 

We are really excited about the new Storytimes at the Ford Roadhouse, where you can see the old Breton Village Train at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, catch a train-themed story, and visit the museum for free! (Includes families with children visiting the story time.)

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Display Holiday Trains Around Grand Rapids

Here is where you can experience the delight of Christmas trains with our list of train displays and ride-on train options in the area.

“Breton Village” Train Display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum

Gerald R. Ford Museum,  303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

This is so fun for kids to see! So many fun details for kids to look for beginning December 1, 2019. After being gone for the 2017 season, it’s back again this year–complete with story times. 

Admission will apply to see the train after December 1 with the following exceptions:

Free Dates to see the “Breton Village” Train: 

  • Friday morning Storytime at the Ford Roadhouse. A train-themed story time with crafts and activities will be held at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, and 11:00 am. Free admission to the museum for families with children attending the program.
  • Christmas Break (December 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020) the entire Museum will be open free of charge.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World 

Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Display runs from November 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020. The display train runs through a miniature Grand Rapids village through several indoor Gardens.

Holland Modular Railroad Club Holiday Train Show

Holland Miller Community Center, 14 S Church St, Zeeland, MI 49464

The layout will be set up from Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 14th (Monday-Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). Admission is free, but they ask to please consider non-perishable food donations. All food donations will be donated to His Harvest Stand for the Ken Dewilde memorial.

Lakeshore Model Railroaders Train Show

Fennville District Library, 400 West Main Street, Fennville, MI 49408

The Lakeshore Model Railroaders train show is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Sunday December 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  On Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM you can also find live reindeer from the GG Reindeer Farm in Caledonia.

Christmas Train Rides in Michigan

Coopersville Santa Train

Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 Danforth Street, Coopersville, MI 49404

Train rides run Saturdays and Sundays November 30 – December 22, 2019. Full size train with opportunities to visit with Santa and his elves – each child receives a small present from Santa himself. These rides tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase tickets early.

If you’re open to driving, consider the following Holiday Trains:

North Pole Express 

This popular steam train in Owosso, Michigan, puts Christmas tickets on sale almost a year in advance and often sells out. Buy early if it’s on your list–as of mid-November it is mostly sold out for the 2019 season.

Little River Railroad

The Holiday Express happens in Coldwater, MI, in early December and requires pre-purchased tickets. As of mid-November, they still had a few tickets available. Check schedule and ticket availability here.

Huckleberry Railroad

Located in Flint, MI, Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic 2019 starts November 29, 2019 with opportunities to ride the train, hear music, see plenty of Christmas lights, and find some serious holiday cheer.

Ho, Ho, Ho… More Grand Rapids Holiday Fun!
The Big List of Santa Parades
Christmas Tree Farms List
Favorite Christmas Light Displays
Where To Find Holiday Trains
Where to Buy Holiday Treats & Sweets
12 Days of a Grand Rapids Christmas
Where to Visit Santa in West Michigan
Nutcracker & Other Holiday Show Schedules
Live Nativities
Meet the REAL Santa Claus, GR
Christmas Eve Activities & Church Services

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