December 15th-31st, 2018 – Festival of Trains is BACK!


YES it’s that time of year again!! The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Northern Michigan Railroad Club and the City of Traverse City are pleased to announce the return of the Festival of Trains for 2018! The Festival starts Saturday, December 15 and runs through December 31 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 322 Sixth Street in Traverse City.

-Admission is $5 per person (children 4 and under are free) and are sold on arrival.
-Festival Household Passes allow unlimited entry for two adults and all children living in the same household and can be purchased at the door for $30.00.

-Groups of 10 students or more (and their chaperones) are welcome – reservations are required in advance. Information on scheduling reservations can be found by calling 231.932.4526.

**PLEASE NOTE*** THE FESTIVAL IS NOT AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM- It is at the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 322 Sixth St.***

Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday – 12 to 4 pm

Special days/hours:
December 24th 10 am to 4 pm
December 31st 10 am to 4 pm
Closed on December 25th

Special Events:
Swap Meet December 15th and 16th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Volunteers are needed for all days! Information on volunteering and an online sign up can be found HERE!


And if you’re coming into town to see the trains- why not head over to the Great Lakes Children’s Museum to make a whole family day out of it!?

Trains and Bridges exhibit in the Great Lakes Children’s Museum!

Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Executive Director Mike Long says, “If it’s been more than a year since you have visited the Children’s Museum, there are LOTS of new things to check out.”

Please direct questions about the festival hours, field trips, or volunteering to 231.932.4526 or