For some people (maybe your dad or grandpa?), a Christmas tree isn’t complete without a Christmas train.
Model trains have been chugging around Christmas trees for generations. And while they may have reached their heyday in the 1940s and ’50s, toy trains in various forms continue to delight children and adults alike.
Why Have a Christmas Tree Train?
You may think setting up a Christmas train is more trouble than it’s worth. But unlike Grandpa’s heavy (and likely expensive) model train, today’s Christmas train sets are lightweight and easy to put together and run.
Plus, you can find a festive-looking Christmas train set, complete with engine, cars and track, for a very reasonable price.
Best of all, having a train around the Christmas tree is fun! Toy train sets are colorful and add light and animation to your Christmas tree decorations. Many Christmas trains feature working headlights and realistic engine and whistle sounds. They may even play music as they chug along. Running a toy train set is another good reason to gather around the Christmas tree.
Where Will You Put Your Christmas Train?
Before you buy a Christmas train, think about where you want to put it. Around the Christmas tree? On a table? Consider size and scale so you don’t buy a train that’s too large or too small for your space.
Know the dimensions of the area you want to fill. Pay attention to the track length and diameter listed in the product description and take measurements to be sure it will fit.
Think ahead, too. You may want to expand your Christmas train layout in the future with additional accessories. Many Christmas village collections began as a way to complement a Christmas tree train layout, and many Christmas trains are purchased to accessorize a Christmas village.
If children will be playing with your Christmas train, consider easy-to-use train sets that run on batteries. This eliminates worries about small children plugging in electrical cords or pets playing with wires. A battery-operated train set turns on and off with just a switch, so you don’t need fancy controls or a degree in electrical engineering to run it.
Look for a train set with track that snaps together easily. One less Christmas frustration to worry about!
Also, many Christmas model trains offer versatile track configurations that convert from ovals to circles to adapt to size.
Working lights and train sounds make your toy train seem more realistic and add to the enjoyment.
Train sets are low tech toys that encourage children to use their imaginations as they play.
Christmas trains are incredibly nostalgic and a great way to bring generations together around the Christmas tree.
In fact, don't be surprised if you find Grandpa on the floor playing trains with the kids!