Sunday, December 18, 2011

Union Station (A Holiday Transformation)

Have you ever been to Union Station in Kansas City, MO? Today my family made our visit to the station to see its holiday transformation.The station was built in 1914.
This magnificent tree greets you as you enter the station. You can imagine its size by comparing the people in the picture to the size of the tree. There were so many people there, I couldn't get a shot of the tree by itself.



As air travel increased, the station fell into disrepair was closed in 1980 but was renovated and opened again in 1999. Each holiday season the station has it's Holiday Model Railroad Experience. People come to see the beautiful architecture of the building but kids (big and small) come to see the model trains.

If you look closely in this picture you can see the nutcracker standing in front of the tree on the right side.

Same shot just a little higher so you can see the ceiling and the gold stars and snowflakes handing from above.


Just in front of the two big trees is a cute little old train from Macy's (I think) that kids can ride. My two grandsons thought the train was so fun.


On to the model train exhibits:



These were just a few of the many train exhibits. I always enjoy visiting Union Station so if you are ever in Kansas City, stop and visit the station.

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16 comments:

Ann said...

Was there last year and It really is a beautiful display. I love going downtown this time of year. Have a good week.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A beautiful venue! Lovely to see such grand old architecture living with life again!

Cafe au lait said...

Lovely pics!

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Liza said...

Lovely shots. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

w0rkingAth0mE said...

Lovely pics i like the model train exhibit most. Visiting via Blue Monday

Jeanne said...

Yes, I have been there but not at Christmas. My SIL and family live in Kansas City. Your photos really shared the Union Station in all it's Christmas beauty. Loved it and your adorable grands.
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas.
Jeanne

cassandrasminicorner said...

Wow, so fancy, so beautiful!


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FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a beautiful station, so festive and it looks old fashion, from way back, cozy and elegant. Gorgeous! Your grandsons are adorable and they're having a blast! My granddaughters cannot wait!! Thank you for sharing sweet lady and many blessings for this Christmas Season to you all. FABBY

chubskulit said...

Very well decorated!

My BLUE. Have a wonderful week full of love and joy for the holidays!

Cindy said...

Wonderful Post! I didn't know they had a Christmas Display. We live near KC and I love going to Union Station! Did you catch the Diana Exhibit? Fabulous! I am a transplant from California and I love it here. The Plaza at Christmas is fun too. Have a Merry One,
Cindy

Karen said...

What beautiful architecture and a great holiday outing for the whole family. I wish that I could see it in person. Thanks for sharing, visiting from BNOTP.

SmilingSally said...

Beautiful place, and your grandsons are precious! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, Judy.

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Emille said...

Wow, that's worth the visit! Especially with all the holiday decorations, and the cute train displays:) Merry Christmas to you!

Tanya@takesix said...

That is a spectacular building. I'm so glad it was renovated and reopened. I really enjoyed our tour. What a fun place to visit at this time of year! Merry CHRISTmas!

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