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A model train on a track in front of a decorated holiday tree.

All Aboard the Trains at NorthPark Exhibit in Dallas


There’s still time to see the largest display of model trains in Texas at Trains at NorthPark, which runs through Jan. 3, 2021, at the NorthPark Center. Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, this festive event has been a holiday tradition in Dallas for more than 30 years and has raised over $13 million to date.

What Will I See at the 2020-21 Exhibit?

This elaborate display features more than 1,600 feet of track with numerous trains rolling through iconic cityscapes like New York City and Washington D.C., natural settings like the Grand Canyon and New England’s fall foliage, and a variety of Texas landmarks and scenes. You may even see some visitors from beyond planet Earth! There’s also a raffle you can enter online to win one of five prizes valued between $498 and $1,400 dollars.

What’s Different This Year?

In accordance with current health guidelines, face masks are required for all attendees over the age of 3, and social distancing will be enforced. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance, for the day you plan on visiting the exhibit and cannot be purchased onsite. Capacity restrictions will be implemented and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

Location, Dates, Tickets & Times

The display is located on the second level of the NorthPark Center (8687 North Central Expressway), between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Hours of operation vary and the exhibit is closed on Christmas Day. Visit their fact sheet for the detailed schedule. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children aged 2 to 12 and senior citizens aged 65 and older. Children under 2 are admitted free, and children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

So head for NorthPark Center to see all the action, and catch some of the holiday sales while you’re there. For more ideas about how to enjoy your time, check out the Olympus at Ross blog.