We originally published this post about the Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show in 2014. We update it annually.
Don’t miss the 30th Annual Barron Arts Holiday Model Train Show!
The Barron Arts Center is located in a beautiful building, on the National Register of Historic Places, near downtown Woodbridge. During the holiday season, it hosts the Holiday Model Train show, a free event open to all. The Holiday Model Train is simply a must see! It’s impossible to describe the amount of detail in the displays, the beauty of the model trains, and the looks on the faces of those in attendance. One train has a camera on it and you can watch the “trains eye view” on a television in the room!
The Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show has local landmarks, a boardwalk scene, sports displays and so much more. Upon entering one of the helpful volunteers will offer you a scavenger hunt list. All items are at kid’s eye view and are things kids will want to look for!
The trains and corresponding displays are the work and property of Mike Gelesky, a Woodbridge resident. The day of our visit to Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show he stood by quietly, enjoying watching the crowd marvel at his creation. He happily chats with guests, letting them know details of the displays, the workings of the trains, and the story behind some of what his scenes are. Look for him if you visit!
Don’t leave without a stop into the Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show gift shop where you will find a Christmas tree filled with handmade origami ornaments. And if you let a volunteer know you finished the scavenger hunt you may get a surprise!
Plan to spend at least a half hour looking at the Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show displays. The space is tight, so leave strollers at home and avoid bringing in extra bags, coats, etc. The display is FREE, but donations are appreciated. There are limited weekday and weekend reservations available. There’s a maximum of 10 allowed in the space at a time, and face masks and distancing are required.
You won’t regret fitting it into your schedule and you may leave wondering how you can incorporate a train display into your holiday decor!
Admission to the Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show is FREE.
See more Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show photos from our visit in our Facebook album.
Barron Arts Center Holiday Train Show Location
The Barron Arts Center is at 582 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 (732) 634-0413.