Christmas Train Sets

by jptanabe

A Christmas Train is so much fun! You can enjoy a huge train set up at a store, or buy one to run under your own tree.

I'm not quite sure where the idea came from that Santa drives a train full of Christmas gifts - I always thought he flew around on a sleigh pulled by reindeer! Regardless though, the idea of a Christmas train is just delightful.

Our local hardware and lumber store sets up this amazing train set every year in their store. It's just wonderful to watch, and to watch the kids (and adults I have to admit!) enjoying it so much. My family makes a point of going to that store every December whether we need to buy anything there or not, just to see the train. And if it's not running, we wait around till it starts up. Now that's a good sales technique they've got going! But you can also have your own Christmas train set. Now that would be lovely! Here are some great ideas.

Image of Santa on Train from AllPosters.

Christmas Train Sets are Mesmerizing!

Christmas train sets are just so magical!

I love this photo with the boy looking so intently at the train set. Can't you just imagine this little guy's excitement as he waits for the train to come into view? And I'm sure he could stand there for hours if his parents let him - even if it's the same train arriving each time it's still wonderful.

And there are adorable miniature Christmas trees dotted around the landscape!

Christmas Train Set at Williams Lumber

For the past 20 years our local Williams Lumber store has set up the most amazing Christmas display in their store. It takes them a whole month to set up and is well worth the wait! They have decorated trees, stuffed animals like penguins, deer, bears, and puppies, Santa of course, and model trains running through the wonderland.

Here  are a couple of videos of the Christmas train set that we love to watch every year at Williams Lumber. It is featured in one of their advertisements, because I guess I'm not the only one who goes there every December just to see the train. It's a family business so the people are kind of low key local types, but the train set looks great!

Musical Santa Express

Now this train doesn't actually go anywhere, although the wheels turn as the train plays Christmas songs.

I love it because it just looks so festive and jolly, all those colorful presents, and the elves move as they work away at the presents and happy Santa waves!

The Real Deal: Lionel Train Sets!

Lionel Winter Wonderland Express

A fun, family-friendly way to bring magic to the Christmas season, this train set is just the right size to go around your Christmas tree.

There are steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell, and user-activated announcements, an operating headlight, and the engine puffs smoke!


Harry Potter Hogwarts Express!

Lionel Hogwarts Express LionChief 4-6-0 Set Electric O Gauge Model Train Set - perfect for Harry Potter fans of all ages!

Highly detailed with authentic train sounds (including bell and whistle); switch controlled smoke & sound; Operating headlight; die-cast metal body, Dementors silhouettes, and interior flickering effects. The set includes LionChief remote, or via Bluetooth; Passenger coach, Dementors coach with sounds and combination car; FasTrack includes: 8 curved 036 tracks, two 10” straight tracks, terminal, Plug-Expand-Play power lock section; 41.4W power supply. Requires three AAA batteries (not included) to operate remote control. 

Lionel Ready to Play Polar Express Train Set

This is the larger gauge train set suitable for younger children and runs on batteries (train requires 6 C batteries, not included). It has an easy-to-operate RC controller (requires 3 AAA batteries, not included) that has buttons to make the train go forward and reverse, sound the whistle, ring the bell, and play announcements.

This set includes a working headlight and 3 train cars. It also includes 24 pieces of curved and 8 straight plastic track pieces which can create a circle, a rectangle or an oval layout..

Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge

This is the smaller gauge (O Gauge) Polar Express train from Lionel Trains.

The train will go backwards or forwards, after a bit of practice by the driver! It is a great set: The die-cast metal locomotive has operating headlight and puffing smoke; there is an air whistle in the tender; passenger cars feature interior lighting and silhouettes in windows.

Polar Express Book and DVD

In case you don't have the book or DVD, or just need a new copy in Blu-ray!
The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express [Blu-ray]

Holiday Thomas

Who doesn't love Thomas the Tank Engine. And here he is wearing a cute Santa hat all ready to deliver the gifts.

Includes complete Thomas the Tank Engine, Two pieces of rolling stock, Three interchangable Thomas faces, track, Remote controller, and a sound system with steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell and user-activated Thomas announcements,

Christmas Train set for little kids

Perfect for the youngest kids!

Easy to use push to start button gets train running on tracks while singing popular Christmas songs: We Wish you a Merry Christmas, Ho Ho Ho, and Jingle Bells while blowing its horns.

Train tracks are easy to assemble for little kids includes 4 green trees for beautiful decorations. Also includes 2 small gift boxes to be placed in the train wagon.

Updated: 12/13/2023, jptanabe
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candy47 on 10/23/2015

My brother-in-law collects anything that has to do with trains. Buying a gift for him is easy...trains!

blackspanielgallery on 10/20/2015

Trains can be used as gifts and as decorations, which makes them quite popular.

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