Model Train Festival


December 21 - January 1* 

While Santa’s elves produce a lot of train sets each holiday season, 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 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.

*Closed December 24 & 25

Special Guests!!

11am - 3pm
December 21, 22, 23
Included in Museum Admission

SANTA CLAUS will be here for pictures.
Bring your camera or let us take the picture with our iPad and email it to you. 

BALLOON ARTIST Jami Kraus will delight visitors with her amazing balloon animals.

Vendors at this year's festival include:
  • Kitsap Live Steamers
  • LEGO
  • Pierce County Lionel Group
  • Mt. Rainier N-Scale
  • Boeing Model Railroad Engineers
  • 4D PNR HO Model Railroaders 

Purchase Tickets

Model Train Festival is sponsored in part by the Port of Tacoma.

Port of Tacoma Color Logo






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