Today’s post is written by Kristin Marks, a.k.a. cBus Mom . She writes a blog by the same name , which she created to offer suggestions and reviews of kid-friendly activities in Central Ohio.


Huntington Holiday Train at the Columbus Metropolitan Library by Kristin Marks, cBus Mom

Huntington Holiday Train

To the left of the mountain is green Percy!

Do not miss the Huntington Holiday Train set up at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. I took my 2 year-old Thomas-aholic and we were both mesmerized for almost an hour. Thomas with Annie and Clarabell and Percy with those mischievous freight cars, along with a few other trains, run the the tracks through a replica of a town in Germany.

Teased by a train track crossing sign in the atrium, patrons get the real surprise when they walk into the library. The Huntington Holiday Train is a pleasant shock the first time you lay eyes on it – it is so big and beautifully crafted. My son actually gasped, his eyes almost popped out of his head, and his smile reached from ear to ear. I think I got major mommy points…especially when he saw Thomas for the first time. The display is so beautiful and magical. Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, miniature people selling wares or playing in streets, detailed buildings made of wood, and lots of train tracks offer a step into another world.

We watched the trains from every standpoint – the front, both sides, and looked down from the stairwell behind the display.

My son was thirsty, so we took a break for some water from the stand in the lobby. The first thing my son said when he was finished with his fruit was, “I need to see more trains, and Thomas books.” We went back in, checked out some books (Thomas the Tank Engine, of course), and then were off on our merry way full of smiles and happiness.

Huntington Holiday Train at Columbus Metropolitan Library

Look closely for the flash of blue - that is Thomas!

This is the second year the Huntington Holiday Train has been set up at the Main Library. You can see how cool it is by watching this video .

It will be there through mid-January and it is free as long as you have been naughty and not nice – oops – I meant the other way around. There is also one hour free parking in the library parking garage. Check out the Huntington Holiday Train before it makes tracks for (other) great destinations.

Main Library Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10-8pm Friday & Saturday: 10–4 pm Sunday: 1-5 pm

If you go:

  • If you park in the library parking garage, don’t forget to take your ticket in. You’ll need to pop your ticket in the receipt machines by the elevators and pay for parking there (if you are longer than an hour).
  • Take a snack and make an afternoon of looking at the trains, books, and just hanging out with your kids.
  • Bring cash and coins – makes it easier. My parking was 50¢ for an hour and half.