You might have already heard that this year's Duke Energy Holiday Train Display has moved from downtown over to the Cincinnati Museum Center. After 65 years of holding the free event downtown, Duke announced the Holiday Train display will now be part of the Museum Center's Holiday Junction. Duke says they were running out of room for the lobby for the trains, and were having problems finding volunteers and employes to set up the display and run the trains in recent years.
The display runs now through Jan. 1, 2012.
Though the Duke display has historically been free, the Museum Center does have a All Museums admittance fee ($12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. It also costs $6 dollars per vehicle to park. But there are a couple of ways you can save. If you're a Duke Customer you can get four vouchers (two adults, and two children) and see the trains. The voucher is good until Dec. 24. You can cut out the parking costs by taking a Free shuttle from Westin Hotel on Fifth Street every 20 minutes to the Museum Center. If you want to drive, parking goes down to $4 after 4:30, which could work out for a Friday visit when the center keeps later hours. But I would suggest making a day of it checking out all the holiday happenings downtown, and heading over to the display!
You should have gotten your vouchers through Duke already, but if you haven't go here to request them.
If you go:
Cincinnati Museum Center:
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Dates and Hours of Train Display:
|Monday through Thursday||10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Sunday||11 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Christmas Eve||10 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.