The Trains at Northpark

The Trains at NorthPark Center is an elaborate miniature toy train exhibit.

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Many North Texans will travel over the holiday season, but those who don’t leave D-FW can take an imaginary journey across America through this 31st annual exhibit at NorthPark Center. Featuring 1,800 feet of track, toy locomotives “travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, with stops along the way to see New York City, Washington D.C., our beautiful city of Dallas and the desert Southwest, including the Grand Canyon and the Garden of the Gods,” organizers say. (You might even spot “interplanetary visitors from outer space,” they add.) More than 70,000 visitors are expected to view the elaborate display, which has raised more than $13 million for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas since 1987.

Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), and presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark will mark its 20th year at NorthPark Center with more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes. Each year, the beloved holiday experience welcomes more than 70,000, and has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD since its original run in 1987. The Trains at NorthPark features cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Mount Rushmore and Route 66. The charming exhibit has been seen by around two million since its original run over 30 years ago.

The display is on view on Level Two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's from Nov. 17-Jan. 6, 2019 (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas; closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, 6 p.m. on New Year's Day). Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children and seniors.

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