The Trains at NorthPark

All aboard! On November 22, Trains at NorthPark takes off on its annual journey, delighting families and spreading holiday cheer. Come experience new exhibits and classic favorites in a magical winter wonderland!

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The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas, will celebrate its 16th year at NorthPark Center in 2014. The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. More than 50,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season as part of their holiday tradition.

Since 1987, The Trains at NorthPark presented by Bank of Texas, has raised money for the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Currently this annual fundraiser provides the funds for almost one-third of our annual operating budget.

2014 Trains at NorthPark Information:

November 22, 2014–January 4, 2015
Location: Northpark Center,  (Map) Level one, near Nordstrom.
Cost at Exhibit: $7.00 for adults; $3.00 for children (ages 2 - 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older)
Children under 2 admitted free.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Early Closings:
November 26, Thanksgiving Eve, at 6 p.m.
December 24, Christmas Eve, at 4 p.m.
December 31, New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; Open New Year’s Day

There are several ways to purchase tickets.

    1. Discount tickets are at Tom Thumb ($1.00 off regular admission).

    2. At the door of the exhibit at NorthPark Center.

    3. Pre-Order through our online form. Your tickets will be available at will-call any day of the exhibit. Order Tickets


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The Trains at NorthPark offers sponsorship opportunities to individuals, businesses, community organizations and schools. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Recognition at the Exhibit
  • Recognition in printed materials 
  • Tickets to the Sneak Peek Opening Breakfast  
  • Complimentary tickets to the Exhibit 
  • Personalized hand painted railcar 
  • Holiday valet passes at NorthPark Center
  • Invitation to the Sponsor Cocktail Party

This event raises almost one-third of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas' annual operating budget. 100% of sponsors' contributions are used for house operations.


Just as visiting The Trains at NorthPark has become a tradition for families and businesses, ordering personalized railcars have also become a holiday tradition. Talented local artists hand-paint railcars with a message of choice, either a company name or logo, children's names, or a holiday greeting. Each year, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas sells approximately 500 railcars which decorate the walls of the Exhibit and ride on the tracks. December 15th is the last day to order a railcar for this year's event. 

Personalized railcars also make great holiday gifts! A tax-deductible donation will purchase:

  • Engine- $325
  • Limited Edition Passenger Car - $275
  • Limited Edition RMHD Boxcar - $275
  • Caboose - $225
  • Standard Railcar - $175


Community volunteers are vital to the success of the Trains at NorthPark. It takes more than 1,500 volunteers to operate the Trains during the 6-week exhibit. Volunteers are needed to perform the following tasks:

  • Exhibit Cashier
  • Raffle Ticket Sales 
  • Exhibit Greeters
  • Exhibit Host/Hostess 
  • Line Monitor

Volunteer Shifts

Monday - Saturday
9:45am - 1:00pm
12:45pm - 4:00pm
3:45pm - 6:15pm
6:00pm - 9:15pm

11:30am - 3:00pm
2:45pm - 6:15pm

Please dress appropriately for the event.  Comfortable shoes are necessary and we ask that you do not wear shorts, flip flops or sweat pants. Volunteers must be 15 to volunteer without a parent and 12-14 to volunteer with a parent.

Scheduling for individual volunteers will begin in September, and scheduling for businesses and organizations will begin in June. Available dates and times can be viewed at Once you have picked a shift, please email with your preferred shift to get on the calendar.

Thank you for your willingness to volunteer at The Trains at NorthPark.

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