It’s Christmas in July at this popular West Chester attraction

EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester Twp. is holding its annual Christmas in July event where kids can have a private audience with the big guy. The amusement center gets about 20,000 visitors every July.
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EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester Twp. is holding its annual Christmas in July event where kids can have a private audience with the big guy. The amusement center gets about 20,000 visitors every July.

About 20,000 people flock to West Chester Twp. to see Santa every July for a mid-year check-up on who has been naughty and who has been nice.

EnterTRAINment Junction, just off Tylersville Road and Interstate 75 is home to the largest model train operation in the world, according to its owners, and for six weeks in the summer — and of course at Christmastime — they also open up their winter wonderland. The best part is kids get to have a private audience with Santa himself.

General Manager Bill Balfour said the intimate setting gives the tots time to really make sure they let Santa know what they’d like to find under their tree in December.

“Santa takes you into his study the kids aren’t freaked out by it as much as they would be say at a mall, where they’ve got other kids screaming and there’s a big long line,” Balfour said. “It’s a nice little set up where you get to meet Santa Clause and you talk to him and the parents are the only other ones in the room.”

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Mrs. Claus is also there on weekends with Christmas cookies during the six-week event that began last week.

Keegan and Colton Murr traveled about an hour from Northern Kentucky last week to meet with Santa. The six-year-old said she was going to ask for a new iPad cover and her four-year-old brother wants a dirt bike.

Their mom Kim Murr said they didn’t just come for Christmas, they also had fun in the maze room and fun house and other interactive and play aspects of the place.

“It’s a lot of fun, a good little trip, the kids have loved it so far,” Murr said. “They loved the mazes and the jungle gyms, they’ve had a blast.”

Balfour said the entertainment center is approaching its 10th birthday this summer and through the years they have had visitors from 40 countries and all 50 states.

It boasts the world’s largest indoor model train set — it takes up 25,000 square feet — that takes visitors through the mid-1800s, the mid-1900s and modern day train routes.

The displays feature handmade Civil War soldiers in the early period and even little people sitting on miniature stools at a soda fountain inside an old F.W. Woolworth store along the tracks.

“Almost everything is handcrafted by the model-makers themselves,” Balfour said. “Who are usually volunteers from the local train clubs. They’re the guys who are nuts about trains and modeling. All the bridges were made by hand, there’s trains up and down and everywhere.”

The indoor entertainment center is located at 7379 Squire Court and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information call 513-898-4656 or visit their website: https://entertrainmentjunction.com/

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