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Iconic Duke Energy Holiday Trains return for their 70th year
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and holiday programming kick off November 6
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition is back! Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains opens Friday, November 6 at Cincinnati Museum Center. This year marks the Duke Energy Holiday Trains’ 70th holiday in Cincinnati.
Experience hundreds of model trains zipping around a winter wonderland as the priceless Duke Energy Holiday Trains join Cincinnati Museum Center’s family-favorite Holiday Junction exhibit. Admission is free to Duke Energy customers with a special confirmation code. Click here to get your code.
“It’s no exaggeration to say this is the most wonderful time of the year,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Families reconnect against the backdrop of this Cincinnati tradition and this year we’re especially excited about several new additions alongside the incredible Duke Energy Holiday trains.”
A Cincinnati holiday mainstay since 1946, the Duke Energy Holiday Trains are celebrating their 70th year this holiday season. At 36 ½ by 47 ½ feet, the Duke Energy Holiday Trains are one of the largest portable models in the world. The trains are authentic “O” gauge, meaning that a quarter inch on the model is equivalent to one foot on a real train. The rail cars, tracks and buildings are 1/48 actual size. During the holiday season, the trains will travel more than 100,000 scale miles!
“We are looking forward to another great year with the Duke Energy trains at their new permanent home at Cincinnati Museum Center,” said Casey Ruschman of the Duke Energy Foundation. “Seeing visitors’ faces light up with delight and enjoyment while visiting the train display solidifies that moving them to a permanent location was critical for their continued success and operation for many holiday seasons to come.”
This year there’s even more for families to love about Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. A raised platform surrounding the Duke Energy Holiday Trains gives visitors of all sizes and heights a better view of the iconic trains. Santa’s fireplace makes for a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss as you document your child telling Santa everything on their list this holiday season. And you’ll want your camera ready once you see the incredible locomotive engine built by Santa himself! From the track to the stack to the wheels, the entire locomotive is carved and painted by the big man in red, a gift to the Museum Center for being extra nice.
A group of OKILUG (Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO® Users Group) members have done their own elf impression by building a LEGO train layout you won’t want to miss. Spot some of your favorite Cincinnati landmarks bustling with over 100 minifigs, including celebrities like Spiderman, Batman, the Ghostbusters and the gang from Scooby-Doo. The layout measures 12 by 24 feet, or, in LEGO terms, 448 by 768 pips and uses 336 baseplates, each with 1,024 pips.
Also new this year is a rare Carlisle & Finch train set dating back to 1904. Headquartered in Cincinnati, the Carlisle & Finch Company invented the first electric toy train in 1896, featuring metal cars and locomotive that ran on metal rails two inches apart. The extremely rare 1904 set includes both a train and trolley, complete with overhead wires. At the start of World War I the government ordered Carlisle & Finch to cease toy train production and instead focus on producing searchlights for the United States Navy and Coast Guard. The company never returned to build toy trains but their invention inspired a legacy that has lived on in the basements, garages, living rooms and underneath Christmas trees for over a century.
Your other holiday favorites are back, too, with some minor improvements. Our resident reindeer have done a little home improvement project and you can stop by their new digs for the Pogie and Patter Super Spectacular Holiday Fun Hour. Join them to hear some of your favorite holiday stories and songs. Little train lovers can escape to their own winter wonderland as they ride through an elf workshop. Tokens to climb aboard the kid-size train are $1 per child, per ride. Cincinnati Museum Center Members receive one free ride per visit for each Member child.
The observation deck overlooking the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is back and provides a bird’s eye view and photo opportunity of the historic trains. You’ll also see examples of popular Garden Railway, “N” and “Z” scale layouts and a collection of Lionel trains, including an exact reproduction of the Lionel dealer display layout of the Super “O” Track, complete with interactive push buttons.
Santa’s also filled our expanded gift shop with plenty of trains and other toys for gifts and stocking stuffers.
Duke Energy Customer one-time admission codes
Available through December 24, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky customers can visit www.holidaytraindisplay.com to print a personalized admission voucher, or if you don’t have the ability to print the voucher, to simply retrieve a personalized confirmation code. In either case, the printed admissions voucher or the confirmation code must be presented at the Museum Center Box Office for exhibit tickets.
This unique admission voucher or confirmation code must be exchanged for exhibit tickets at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Box Office. The entry tickets will be good for same day, one time entry and is valid from November 6 – December 24. The admission voucher or confirmation code is good for four free admissions (maximum two adults) to visit Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and the Cincinnati History Museum. The voucher and code have no cash value.
Rocky Mountain Express returns to the OMNIMAX® Theater
Rocky Mountain Express is pulling into station and is ready to take you back to the age of steam with beautiful landscapes, breathtaking vistas, jaw-dropping chasms and roaring river gorges. Ride the rails aboard a steam locomotive as you retrace the steps of those pioneers who tamed the wild beauty of the Canadian countryside and built a railroad through the treacherous Canadian Rockies.
Santa arrives in style
Once again, Santa’s giving Rudolph and all of the other reindeer a little more time to rest up for the big day. But don’t worry, Santa’s still flying in. Be here at 11 a.m. Friday, November 27 as Santa arrives by helicopter to light the Union Terminal tree and begins checking his list twice as he invites children to sit on his lap and share their holiday wish lists.
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains Hours
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 24th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cincinnati Museum Center is closed November 26 and December 25 for the holidays.
Don’t wait too long to experience this Cincinnati tradition! The last day for free exhibit entry with your Duke Energy voucher is December 24!
While Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open to the public from December 26 through January 3, only Cincinnati Museum Center Members can enter at no cost. An All Museums Pass ($14.50 adult / $10.50 child) or admission to the Cincinnati History Museum ($10.50 adult / $8.50 child) includes entry to Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.
Holiday Membership deal
Not a Cincinnati Museum Center Member? The holidays are a great time to join! Family Memberships are just $99 if purchased between November 6, 2015 and January 3, 2016. While you’re at it, renew your Membership for the next two years during the sale period and lock in the $99 price. Memberships make great gifts for family and friends and Members get discounts on special exhibits, OMNIMAX® films, in our retail shop, free admission to our three museums and free parking. Buy yours online by visiting www.cincymuseum.org/join.
Activities for all ages make this the most wonderful time of the year
For a full list of holiday programming please visit www.cincymuseum.org/holiday-junction.
LEGO Space Camp
Wednesday, November 25 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scrambling to get to the grocery, get your house ready, prep the food for Thanksgiving and entertain your kids? Well we can’t cook or clean, but we can definitely entertain your kids. Drop them off at this one day camp where they’ll blast off into space with the new OMNIMAX® film Journey to Space, learn what propels a rocket, test their astronaut skills and visit The Art of the Brick. Before and after care is available.
Santa’s Arrival & Union Terminal Tree Lighting
Friday, November 27 – 11 a.m.
The holidays just aren’t the holidays until Santa arrives! Join us as Santa Claus and his family arrive at Union Terminal by helicopter to turn on the Christmas lights and usher in the holiday season at Cincinnati Museum Center. A family tradition you are not going to want to miss!*
Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Tree lighting at noon.
November 27 through December 20 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Rotunda will once again welcome local performers this holiday season with the return of Holiday Harmonies. Enjoy singers, dancers and musicians from around the community as they fill the Rotunda with holiday spirit.
December 5 & 6
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Francie & Tom Hiltz
Pancakes with Santa
Saturday, December 5 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a special morning featuring decorate-your-own pancake buffet and family-friendly activities. With a special appearance by Santa Claus himself, this is sure to be a holiday event the entire family will remember.
Otto M. Budig Dance Academy presentation of The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 5 – 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Dance Academy is pleased to bring The Nutcracker to Cincinnati Museum Center for a special performance. Journey through the Land of Sweets and Sugarplum fairies in this abbreviated version of a beloved classic which is sure to delight kids and adults of all ages.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy is the region’s only pre-professional training program which combines superior instruction, unparalleled performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Come watch these young talented dancers in this timeless holiday classic. See you at the ballet!
Mystery Dinner Theatre – Who Sleighed Santa?
Sunday, December 13 – 5 p.m.
Looking for a unique experience this holiday season? Join us for a holiday train-inspired night of Mystery Dinner Theatre. Perfect for date night or a fun night out with friends, this holiday whodunit will leave someone on the naughty list. Tickets include dinner and the show.
Cincinnati Museum Center or Enjoy the Arts Member: $50
Bricktastic Pajama Party
Friday, December 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Put on your best PJs and join us for games, hands-on activities and lasting memories in this LEGO-inspired winter paradise.
Winter Solstice Celebration Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate holidays from around the world! Enjoy a weekend of fun, hands-on activities about Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Kwanzaa and La Posada.
International New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year and travel around the world as we ring in the New Year in a different country each hour. Join us as we celebrate the unique culture, music, games and crafts of countries from around the world. Be sure to stop by Customs to get your passport stamped.
For tickets or more information about holiday programming visit www.cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7001.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.