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The Trains at NorthPark Celebrates 30 Years of Holiday Fun

Texas’ Most Elaborate Miniature Toy Trains Exhibit Continues Through to January 7


The Trains at NorthPark is continuing its 30th annual holiday run through January 7, 2018. Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), and presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark features more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes. Each year, the beloved holiday experience welcomes nearly 70,000, and has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD since its original run in 1987.


“This is a milestone year for our little exhibit that could,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “Over the last three decades, The Trains at NorthPark has grown to be more than just our largest source of annual funding. It has become a ‘can’t miss’ on the holiday list for thousands of families from around the state, who come to experience the magic and leave having helped the 1,200 families we serve each year.”


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 and Route 66. Thomas the Train and his friends also draw families to the charming exhibit, which has been seen by around two million people over its 30-year run.


One-of-a-kind, personalized railcars are currently on sale as a holiday gift that gives back, perfect for individuals, families and organizations to also have a presence on the rails. This year’s featured railcar is a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Passenger Car in emerald green, available for $275. Additionally, standard railcars are available for $175, cabooses for $225, and engines for $325.


Tickets for The Trains at NorthPark are $4 for children ages 2-12 and seniors over 65. Adults are $7, while children under 2 are admitted for free. The exhibit closes for Christmas and Thanksgiving, also closing early at 4 p.m. for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This year, The Trains at NorthPark will be at a new location on the 2nd level of NorthPark Mall between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.


Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark through sponsorship, volunteering or purchasing a railcar can do so by visiting or contacting Janie Robertson at

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Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 36,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visit

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