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.

The best news of the season: after a brief hiatus, you can now find the beloved Breton Village Holiday Train at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. This holiday classic will be displayed in the lobby through the month of December so you and your family can view the Christmas Train for free.

Find out where you can experience this holiday magic with our list of train displays and ride-on train options in the area.

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Display Holiday Trains Around Grand Rapids

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

This is so fun for kids to see! So many fun details for kids to look for. After being gone for the 2017 season, it’s back this year! Gerald R. Ford Museum,  303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Christmas Village and Train Display at the Firehouse

The display debuts Saturday, November 24th at 10am and will remain on display through the holiday season. Free to the public. Bring the family and check it out. 6610 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, Michigan. (616) 895-8121.

Wednesday 1:30 to 7pm
Thursday 11am to 5pm
Friday 11am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm

Holiday Train Show in Zeeland

Display begins November 26, 2018. Non perishable food donations accepted for Harvest Stand Ministries. Howard Miller Community Center is in the basement of the Zeeland Library, 14 South Church St, Zeeland, MI 49464.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World 

Display runs from November 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019. The display train runs through a miniature Grand Rapids village in the Arid area of the indoor Gardens. Train is located at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 

Model Train Show at Fennville District Library

On display:

  • November 29 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM,
  • November 30 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • December 1 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Sponsored by Lakeshore Model Railroaders, Fennville District Library, 400 West Main Street, Fennville, MI 49408.

Christmas Train Rides in Michigan

Coopersville Santa Train

Train rides run Saturdays and Sundays November 24 – December 23, 2018. Full size train with opportunities to visit with Santa and his elves – each child receives a present. These rides tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase tickets early! Train is located at the Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 Danforth Street, Coopersville, MI 49404. 

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.

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.



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By |2018-12-04T11:22:30+00:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Christmas|3 Comments

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  1. Stacey Van Den Hout via Facebook November 26, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

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  3. Jeff November 26, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

    There are also several model train clubs around the area as well for those who enjoy model trains. One is located at Hobby World 2851 Clyde park, Wyoming Michigan. It is run by the Western Michigan Model Rail Road club and is open to the public Tuesday from 6pm -8pm(all year) and Saturdays during the Christmas season. Call the store for more info or message them at grhobbyworld.com

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