Holiday Trains for Metro Detroit Families

Local attractions offer train-themed fun for the Christmas season. Get all the details on this year's happenings.

The holidays are chugging into town, and metro Detroit is full of train-themed fun. Climb aboard a real train or check out some cool holiday train displays sure to put a sparkle in your child’s eyes this season.

Christmas Holiday Magic

Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 28-30, 2023

  • Address: Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint
  • Cost: $25/adults, $24/seniors, $23/kids 2-12, free/under 2

Travel north to Flint for Christmas at Crossroads Holiday. Little train lovers can climb aboard an authentic Baldwin steam locomotive for a 40-minute journey along the shores of Mott Lake and Crossroads Village, a historic town that’s transformed into an 1800s-era Christmas village.

Santa’s Sleigh Cabin and Train

Nov. 24-26, 30; Dec. 1-3, 7-10, 14-23, 2023

Ride the musical Spicer Train and then enjoy visiting with Santa at his Sleigh Cabin. Also, a fairy tale trail, bonfire, yard games and more.

Holiday Express Train Rides 

Dec. 9, 16, 2023  

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation and the Michigan Transit Museum team up to bring local families a holiday train ride complete with a reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate, cookies and carols. The trains are enclosed but not heated so be sure to dress for the weather.

Henry Ford Museum Lionel Train Display

Through Dec. 31, 2023

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $30/adults, $22.25/ages 5-11, free/members and children 4 and under

During its Holidays in Henry Ford Museum event, the halls transform into a wonderland with Christmas trees covered in hundreds of ornaments – and a giant Lionel train display. It boasts 435 feet of track lined with tiny versions of historic buildings and figures, plus seasonal engines, handcars and lights. Originally owned by Richard Kughn, former CEO of Lionel Trains, this display has called Dearborn home since 1983.

This post was originally updated in 2015 and is updated regularly. 


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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