Crossroads Village Christmas and Huckleberry Railroad | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
I can't think of a better way to celebrate a lovely nostalgic Christmas with friends and family than to climb aboard a vintage steam train and wander through a cheerful 1800's Christmas village!
You can experience it all at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint Michigan. The Huckleberry Railroad is an incredible Michigan winter train ride experience!
From your first step into this nostalgic 1800's era village, you can't help but feel joy and holiday cheer! Wander through the streets or along the sidewalks to peek into several buildings to see what it was like to live in 1860-1880.
Check out the Stanley School, reconstructed from largely original materials, the Dr. Barbour’s Office, Fenton General Store and Opera House. We love walking through the 1800's era U.S. Post Office.
The opera house was previously used by churches, schools and fraternal organizations. It was used as a dime store until it was closed in 1975 and taken down. The store was then rebuilt where it currently stands in 1978.
If you take a close look at the bricks, you can see the initials FLT. It was a symbol for the Odd Fellows International fraternal organization and means, “Friendship, Love and Truth.”
So as you wander along, take in all the lovely sights, sounds, smells, and activities characteristic of the 1800's. Purchase some freshly roasted almonds for a snack along the way.
Hungry? You can purchase tickets for their holiday buffet that is available at set times.
One of the highlights of Crossroads village is the incredible vintage carousel complete with colorful horses and cheerful music. And if you are brave enough, you should ride the vintage Ferris Wheel for a nostalgic feel of the past, but be sure to dress warm!
Another favorite is the train shop, where this conductor is putting together a vintage train set.
All of the pathways and buildings are brightly lit with thousands of lights, so it's a joy to just wander the village.
Check out the drying shed, print shop, mill, cider mill (shown above) and ice. Some of the building are only viewable from the outside.
You can also take a tractor pulled wagon ride!
I was so giddy to get this photo as we had just arrived in the parking area and the train began to chug by this corn field! Isn't it lovely?
The train rides are sold for set times, so check out their website for details. There are 11 train cars so there is plenty of space!
It's super exciting to watch the train arrive on a cold evening as the steam bills past your face!
This lovely lit 152 train is just one of many lit structures you will see along the way. Our train car also erupted in Christmas carols which was so fun and cheerful!
Some nights, the village is open for drive through only nights which charges a small fee per vehicle. So if you have small children or just want to enjoy the village from the warmth of your vehicle, check out their website for details. Ticket sales end at 8:30 pm
All Aboard, my friends! You will absolutely love the Michigan Polar Express Train in Owosso, Michigan! The 1225 Pere Marquette train is breathtaking! Plus, you can see Santa while visiting the Christmas village of Ashley.
Since you will be in Flint while visiting Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad, why not stay for a bit? There are so many more fun and exciting things to do in Flint!
See the stars at Longway Planetarium, visit the Flint Institute of Arts and see what else you can do in Flint!!