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International Trees & Model Trains Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

The Lorain Growth Corporation Tourism Committee’s idea to bring attention to Black River Landing during the winter months has undoubtedly changed and grown over those ten years.

However, the event continues to bring together Christmas trees with decorations representing countries from around the world, various organizations, and other favorite themes, combined with the love of model trains. And it’s still a free event taking place at the Black River Landing Transportation Center at 421 Black River Lane.

The 2020 COVID-19 Christmas season was a change the Tourism Committee didn’t expect. The committee did not want to cancel the event when they learned that they could not have visitors inside the building, so they arranged the indoor displays to face the outside. Visitors came and enjoyed walking around and looking in the windows while bringing back memories of the classic Christmas windows of the past.

This year, Trees and Trains can welcome the public back inside with a few exceptions. First, they ask that guests protect everyone by wearing a mask. And to avoid crowding, they will only let a certain number in at a time.

International Trees & Model Trains inside the Transportation Center at Black River Landing
photo by Jen Navarro

The most significant change from years past is that Winterfest will have Santa Claus stationed in his house across from the Transportation Center.

If you enjoy the feeling of the holiday, decorated Christmas trees, and model trains, Trees and Trains opens on Saturday, November 27, during Lorain Winterfest and continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 26.

The hours are Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 3–7 p.m., and they are closed December 24 and 25.

Hours with Santa:

          Saturday, November 27—Opening night until 9 p.m.

          Fridays: 12/10, 12/17 5–9 p.m.

          Saturdays: 12/11, 12/18 5–9 p.m.

          Sundays: 11/28, 11/5, 12/12, 12/19 3–7 p.m.

See all the details at lorainwinterfest.org and treesandtrains.org.