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CT Bucket List: Holiday Train Show at CT River Museum

An outing to this locomotive extravaganza is perfect for train fans and all who are young at heart.

The family-friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex for its twenty-seventh year of fun for all ages.

The train exhibit opens Tuesday, November 24. 

This year, train artist, Steve Cryan, has implemented more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.

Visitors are challenged with the “I SPY” scavenger hunts for objects hidden both in the train layout and the entire third floor.

The American Flyer and Lionel train layout is specifically designed for toddler size viewing.

An outing to this locomotive extravaganza is perfect for train fans and all who are young at heart.

Sponsored by Lorensen Auto Group, the exhibit runs through February 14, 2021. 

"We look forward to welcoming guests to the museum for the 27th annual train show exhibit. Although we have to make slight changes to the overall experience because of the pandemic protocols, the important thing is that this beloved tradition will continue," Connecticut River Museum Executive Director Jennifer Carlson explained. 

In order to maintain safe distancing while still enjoying the annual tradition, we have created safety protocols for the 2020-2021 holiday exhibit.

There is timed, ticketed admission for all guests, including Members.

Admission groups will hold a maximum of 12 guests for 30-minute intervals.

Guests will not be admitted to the 3rd-floor exhibit without an admission ticket. 

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex, CT, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children age 6-12, free for children age 5 and under.

For more information, call 860-767-8269 or click here