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Source: The Trains at NorthPark | 11/18/16 | Dallas
The Trains at NorthPark, the most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, will arrive in Dallas November 19, 2016, and depart January 8, 2017. Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), and presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark features more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot intricate configuration of tracks set against notable American landmarks. This year, The Trains at NorthPark will also feature a special tribute to the Dallas Police Department.
A beloved holiday tradition for more than 70,000 each year, The Trains at NorthPark features cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and Route 66. Thomas the Train and his friends also draw families to the charming exhibit, which is in its 29th year. The Trains at NorthPark has raised more than $13 million for the thousands of families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children.
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“Staging The Trains at NorthPark is the highlight of our year,” said Jill Cumnock, chief executive officer of RMHD. “It is an enchanting display that delights guests of all ages with everything you imagine at Christmastime – trains, the holidays, shopping, and giving back to those in need. This exhibit also provides about a third of the funding that ensures we’re able to serve the 1,200 families that come through our doors each year.”
The chairs of this year’s event are Annika Cail and Sara Friedman. Honorary chairs are Christina and Christopher Durovich. Christina serves on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Texas, and Christopher is president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health, the leading pediatric health system in North Texas anchored by Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano.
“Just like our train display is so beloved by visitors to Children’s Medical Center, The Trains at NorthPark are an iconic Dallas fixture during the holidays,” Christopher Durovich said. “In the spirit of the season, Christina and I are honored to be part of an event that supports Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, which does an amazing job of keeping families – including many of those we serve at Children’s Health – together during their time of need.”
Tickets for The Trains at NorthPark are $3 for children ages 2-12 and seniors over 65. Adults are $7, while children under 2 are admitted for free. Discount tickets for $1 off general admission are available at local Tom Thumb stores. The exhibit closes for Christmas and Thanksgiving, closing early at 4 p.m. for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This year, The Trains at NorthPark will be at a new location on Level 2 between Nordstrom and the AMC Theater.
Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark through sponsorship, volunteering or purchasing a railcar can do so by visiting www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contacting Bailey Kafer at bkafer 'at' rmhdallas.org.