Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center begins November 13th

The trains will be back for 2020.

Holiday Junction on the Duke Energy Holiday Trains opens on November 13 at the Cincinnati Museum Center for the holiday season.

The event has been a staple of Cincinnati for over 70 years. There are new additions this year, but no major programming changes given the pandemic.

This year, Holiday Junction has new additions including the Northern Lights display, a scavenger hunt, and the return of Lego Brickopolis. Guests can also learn the history of the display with a contactless book.

“The story of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is also told through an interactive picture book that the guest can leaf through with just one movement of the hand. The contact-free experience offers historical photos and stories of the trains that are projected onto a huge picture book,” according to a press release specified.

Tower A, the historic control tower of the Union Terminal, is open during the holiday season and offers a view of the active freight yard. Tower A is open from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the holiday season.

Santa Claus will be returning to Union Terminal from November 27th.

“Although guests are unable to sit down with Santa, they can chat by the fireplace by Santa, who is presented by Kroger to make sure he hears their wish-list. His stomach is shaking like a bowl of jelly in public Landing next to Holiday Junction, “reads a press release. “Santa will be busy preparing for the big day, but will happily pause to speak to guests through a plexiglass barrier.”

Holiday Junction is open Friday through Sunday from November 13th to January 3rd from 10am to 4pm. Further information and opening times can be found at

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