Shauna Steigerwald reports:
Lights, decorations, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and holiday-themed train displays will all be part of the fun at Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, which kicks off this Saturday.
The experience begins with a stroll down “Main Street” — a 1930s cityscape decked out for the season, complete with a sidewalk café, gift shop, party rooms and Junction Hobbies & Toys, a hobby and toy shop selling Thomas the Train merchandise, trains and accessories, doll houses and miniatures, Playmobil toys, Papo collectables, Calico Critters, Cobi military toys and other classic and nostalgic toys.
From there, the public can visit three free holiday-themed train layouts, including a Lionel train display originally exhibited at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, in the Junction’s Expo Center.
Other highlights include a “Journey to the North Pole” walk-through attraction, which leads visitors to the North Pole and Santa’s Village, complete with a post office, sleigh house, reindeer barn and an elves’ workshop. Kids get a cookie from Mrs. Claus before they visit with Santa (through Dec. 24).
In addition to the Christmas offerings, the other EnterTRAINment Junction attractions — the world’s largest indoor model train display, a 1,000-foot replica of historic Coney Island, the A-Maze-N Funhouse, a kids’ interactive play area and the American Railroading Museum — will be open.
Details: Times are Mon.-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16-Jan. 5. Extended hours until 9 p.m. Dec. 14-Dec. 30. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Township. Magical indoor scene with lights and decorations. Pricing starts at $9.95; free holiday-themed train displays in Expo Center. 513-898-8000; www.entertrainmentjunction.com.