Model Train Festival

More than two decades of model train memories...

Purchase TicketsSanta’s elves make a lot of train sets each holiday season, but they can’t hold a candle to the quality and scale of the ones on display each year at the Washington State History Museum’s Model Train Festival. The popular annual event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts across the state. The displays occupy every floor of the museum and include the largest permanent model train layout in the state.

Please note, the Washington State History Museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Special guests include Santa Claus himself and Balloon Artist Jami Kraus. Keep an eye out for dates!

To be a vendor at the festivals, contact Mark Sylvester, Head of Support Services, at 253-798-5891 or at