Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Trains at NorthPark 2012

The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this holiday season. Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, The Trains at NorthPark will roll from November 17, 2012 through January 6, 2013. The attraction is located at NorthPark Center on Level Two between Barneys New York and Nordstrom.

Attracting more than 80,000 people annually, The Trains at NorthPark is the most elaborate miniature holiday trains exhibit in all of Texas, with locomotives traveling on a journey across America, past Dallas’ skyline, New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the exhibit has been updated with new landmarks. In addition to the favorite hand-painted railcars available for purchase, there is also a limited edition silver anniversary boxcar available this season.

Additions to the exhibit include Dallas’ new skyline icon, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which opened earlier this year. San Francisco will be even more recognizable with moving trolley cars, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and a few more surprises around the San Francisco Bay. Albuquerque has been added, with hot air balloons that go up and down, a nod to the city’s hot air balloon festival. Children and adults will discover trains rolling simultaneously, even on different levels, as well as interactive buttons that can be pushed to activate certain features.

The exhibit includes approximately 1,600 feet of track and more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments.

More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to run the trains. If you are interested in volunteering to work a three-hour shift as an individual or group, visit www.rmhdallas.org. Volunteers must be 15 years old to volunteer without a parent and 12-14 years old to volunteer with a parent.

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