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 Santa's Flyer Train Set

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. It features festive colors and the boxcar plays Christmas music (battery not included), and the engine puffs smoke!

Set includes engineer and fireman figures affixed in the locomotive cab to lead the way. Track layout is 40" x 60". In addition to the smoke, the locomotive has an operating whistle and headlight.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Express!

Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express G-Gauge train set - perfect for Harry Potter fans of all ages!

Highly detailed with authentic train sounds (including bell and whistle), these "larger scale" battery operated train sets are designed perfectly for children ages four and up. The set includes G-gauge 4-6-0 steam locomotive engine and tender, one passenger coach, one combination car, 12 curved and 4 straight track pieces, RC remote controller, six C batteries, two AA batteries, and operating instruction manual.

Lionel G-Gauge Polar Express Train Set

This is the larger gauge train set (G-Gauge) and runs on batteries. It has an easy-to-operate RC controller (with two AA batteries included). Based on the book and movie "The Polar Express" it features a diorama with a scene from the movie set. This delights anyone who loves the movie!

This train set includes a highly detailed G-Gauge steam locomotive that features a working headlight and authentic train sounds. Also included is a passenger coach and an observation car with disappearing hobo feature, and three Polar Express figures.

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 Delivery Thomas

For younger children, this set is just adorable! Who doesn't love Thomas the Tank Engine. And here he is wearing a cute Santa hat all ready to deliver the gifts.

This trackmaster set includes track designed to go under the tree. A motorized snow covered Thomas the Tank Engine with a removable snowplow and wearing a Santa hat pulls a cargo of presents. Maithwaite station is included as well as a snow covered mountain tunnel and three snow covered trees

Fisher-Price Christmas Train

Perfect for the youngest kids! They can control the train two ways - push it along or control the action with an easy-to-use RC controller. The train features working lights in each of the cars and automatically activates lights in the mini-sites as it passes by. So much fun!

There are 2 movable street lights; a bridge that plays holiday music and lights up 4 lamp posts and track underneath the bridge; and a skating rink with spot lights, also Santa & his Elf Jingle who can ride the Train, Toy Town Arch, 2 Gingerbread Men, 2 Toy Soldiers, 2 North Pole Signs and 2 Christmas Tree Signs. The Easy-Rail Station lighted features include: 3-faced clock tower, 2 gas and 2 street lights, and station windows. Set also includes 16 pieces of durable, Snap-Lock track, holiday décor that snaps onto the guard rails, street lamps, the bridge, and station as well as signs that can be placed throughout the set. Works with all GeoTrax trains.

Updated: 10/26/2018, 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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