50 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
At Union Station the Annual Holiday Train Display is a time honored tradition dating back over 20 years. The tradition started with the donation of the Original Holiday Train by the Norwegian Embassy as a part of their ongoing appreciation for the United States involvement in World War II. Year after year the train attracts thousands of visitors and has become an institution at the Station. As the years went by, however, the train became more difficult to maintain as parts for the Old Norwegian beauty were becoming few and far between. Until finally in 2011 the original train was unable to be salvaged, and it seemed that this icon of Union Station was on the verge of being lost forever.
However, after much work and renovation our Holiday Train Display will once again be on view in the Main Hall. The train now features 3 G-Scale LGB Steam Locomotives running on 200 feet of track. The train is to scale at 1:22 the size of an actual train. A mountain landscape with 40 new structures, 25 trucks and vintage cars, 100 trees along with people, dogs and cats make for a realistic setting. This year’s festive setting will be open for our guest’s enjoyment from 10am-7pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sundays beginning November 29th through January 3rd. Happy Holidays!
This year’s Annual Marine Toys for Tots drive will be held on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th from 6am until 6pm on the platform area in front of Gates A & B.
Marine Reservists will be on site to collect new unused toys and donations (checks can be made payable to Toys for Tots) for the children of the DC area. Please give and help make a child’s Christmas brighter this year.
Additionally Amtrak is proud to bring you Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They will be strolling through the Station greeting our guests and taking pictures for your enjoyment.
True to tradition, the Royal Norwegian Embassy will give a Christmas tree to the people of Washington, D.C. as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Norway. It also expresses Norway’s gratitude for assistance received from the United States during and after World War II. For the second year in a row, the Norwegian Christmas tree will be staged on the West Carriage Porch where it brings light and holiday cheer to Station visitors.
This year, the tree is specially decorated to mark the 150th anniversary of the well-known Norwegian artist Edward Munch who painted the infamous “Scream”. The Norwegian Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 3rd at Union Station is open to the public. There will be Christmas Carols and Santa will visit with Munch inspired treats for the children.
Fantom Comics is now a Toys for Tots location! We have a box that is just waiting for some superheroes to swoop in and fill to the brim with toys, books, games, etc! You can purchase a book from Fantom at 20% off to donate or you can bring in your own unopened games, toys, and comic books!
What is Toys for Tots, you ask? It is an amazing drive organized by the Marine Corps Reserve that collects toys for local kids ages 1-12 (or up to 14-16, thereabouts) to hand out as Christmas gifts. It brings a bit of the holiday cheer and fun to kids in our very own community!
Fantom Comics is very excited to see this box full of lovely gifts for local kids! Let’s all be superheroes this holiday season!
If you need more information about the Toys for Tots campaign or what kind of gifts would be appropriate, check the FAQs here.
Our beautiful, fascinating lit holiday wreaths are sure to amaze visitors and tenants alike. Like years past the three large wreaths will be hanging in the center front archways each weighing as much as a small vehicle or Santa on a bad day!
Every Christmas, you always see the spirit of the season here. It makes you want to stop and get something for someone special.