Schedule of Events

The Holidays at Union Station

November & December

Union Station has become renowned for its grandeur and beauty. There is no more beautiful time in the station than during the holidays. Visitors plan their trips around the station’s decorating schedule and DC residents come out every year to see the station adorned in all its holiday glory. Some of the major features of the station’s holiday transformation are the Norwegian Christmas Tree, the Miniature Train Display, and the Holiday Wreaths.

Norwegian Christmas Tree

Since 1996 it has been a station tradition for the people of Norway to donate a Christmas tree the United States as gift of appreciation our country’s assistance during and after World War II. Every year a ceremony is held at the lighting of the tree. This year’s ceremony will be held on Monday, December 01, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on the West Carriage Porch.

For more information on the theme for this year's tree (tree in photo is from a previous year) and the tree lighting ceremony click here.

Holiday Train & Wreaths


The Holiday train and wreaths on the exterior of the building will once again be on view. The train which will unveil on November 28th in the Main Hall is very popular with travelers and shoppers and viewing the train has become a holiday tradition for many of our guests. From the elaborate mountain landscape to the vintage cars, trees, people, dogs and cats make for a realistic setting. We’ve heard whispers that there may be some special additions this year as well.  Our beautiful, fascinating lit holiday wreaths are sure to amaze visitors and tenants alike. As tradition endures the three enormous wreaths will be hanging in the archways of the front colonnade as of November 23rd.  This year they have received a makeover to ensure that they are as beautiful as they ever have been.

Holiday Decorating Schedule Highlights

November 27th - Tree will be on display (will not be lit until the lighting ceremony).

November 28th - Holiday Train Display begins.

December 1st - Christmas Tree will be lit.