Best Lionel Train Sets for Christmas

By in Toys & Games

(Last Updated On: January 14, 2020)

‘Tis the season! A season of fun, celebration and fond memories. Most of the kids would agree that watching the toy train moving around the Christmas tree while waiting for their gifts to be opened is the most exciting part of the holiday season.

Lionel Train Sets

The tradition of putting a train under the tree has been going on for a long time. If you’re new to this tradition, worry not! Because we’ve got you covered with a list of Lionel’s best Christmas train sets that are suitable for your children to play with and also make excellent Christmas decorations. Basing from the best to the good we’ve put together

Lionel The Polar Express Electric O Gauge Model Train Set

Lionel The Polar Express Electric O Gauge Model Train Set

Price: $280.49

Recommended age: 10 years or above

This is ranked as number 1 in Amazon.com. The highest quality, pure die-cast metal, version, which also includes more sounds, lights make it a realistic replica of The Polar Express the movie. Although a bit expensive this is amongst one of the best train sets Lionel has come up with.

Set Length: 63 ⅜”

The set includes:

  • 2-8-4 locomotive and tender.
  • Two coach cars and an observation car.
  • Four articulated movie characters.
  • Eight curved O36 FasTrack sections.
  • One 10” straight FastTrack Plug-Expand-Play power lock-on section
  • One FasTrack terminal section, and two 10” straight FasTrack sections.
  •  Wall-pack power supply.
  • The Polar Express bell.

Locomotive features include:

  • Electric locomotive controlled by remote or LionChief Bluetooth.
  •  Official “All aboard The Polar Express” and “Tickets Please“ movie sound clips.
  • On/Off switches for smoke and sound.
  • RailSounds RC sound system with steam chuffing and engine background sounds.
  • Whistle, bell and user-activated announcements.
  • Operating headlight. Puffing smoke unit.
  • Operating coupler on rear of the tender.
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor.
  • Two traction tires.
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body
  • Large pilot and headlight lens shield

 Hogwarts Express Model Lionel Train Set

Lionel Hogwarts Express Model Train Set

Price: $88.00

Recommended Age: 4 years or above

Set Length: 50”x73

Ah, this one is my personal favorite and so is for all the Potterheads! What I like in this train set is that it includes sound clips from the original movie. Interesting and nostalgic isn’t it?  Ready to board the train from platform 9 ¾? Hogwarts, here we come!

The set Includes:

  • Battery-powered steam 4-6-0 locomotive and tender.
  • Two Passenger coaches. 24 curved and 8 straight plastic track pieces.
  • RC Remote Control.

Locomotive Features:

  • Battery-powered.
  • Authentic train sounds including bell and whistle.
  •  Movie Sound Clips.
  • Working headlight.
  • Requires six C cell batteries (not included)

Lionel Christmas Train Set-O-Gauge (Mickey’s Holiday to Remember Disney Christmas Collection)

Lionel Christmas Train Set-O-Gauge

Price: $260.69

Age recommended: 10 years or above

Get ready to experience a holiday in Disney style! This set will be a perfect gift for your Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck obsessed kids. This particular set amongst the other Lionel train sets comes with Mickey conducting the engine and Donald handing out the presents. Plus, it’s very much suitable for under the tree decoration.

Set includes:

  • 4-4-0 General-style locomotive with wood tender
  • boxcar, animated gondola (Mickey and Minnie)
  •  54W power supply

Locomotive features:

  •  Battery Powered.
  • Eight curved O36 FasTrack track sections
  • two 10” straight FasTrack sections
  •  Easy operating remote control
  • puffing smoke, chuffing sounds, die-cast locomotive

Lionel Christmas Train Set (Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Edition)

Lionel Christmas Train Set

Price: $198.85

Age recommended: 8 years or above

The picture of Santa chilling with a bottle of coke makes the Christmas eve even merrier! This Christmas train set is handy for stuffing candies into the gondola for the kids and hence makes a great “under the tree” decor. The remote controller makes everything even more hassle-free.

Set includes: 

  • Coke General Style Locomotive and tender
  • Boxcar center
  • Cupola Caboose

Locomotive features include:

  • Battery-powered trains
  • Working headlight
  • Authentic train sounds including bell and whistle
  • Opening doors on boxcar

Remote features:

  • Forward and backward
  • Sound the whistle and rings the bell

Santa’s Helper Christmas Lionchief Train Set

Price: $339.99 (special offer from Lionel)

Age recommended: 5 or above

Gather around children, Santa’s helper has come with presents! Painted in the colorful red and green along with the snowy effect on the roof makes it seem so appealing. A bit expensive than the other Lionel toy train sets that I’ve mentioned earlier but the overall features make it in the list of my selected best. Oh, and the gondola is filled with presents too!

Set includes:

  • 0-6-0 Dockside switcher
  • Boxcar
  • Gondola with presents
  • Work caboose
  • Eight curved O36 FasTrack® track sections
  • One 10” FastTrack Plug-Expand-Play Lock-on track section and one FasTrack terminal section
  • Wall-pack power supply
  • LionChief™ remote for locomotive

Locomotive Features:

  • Electric locomotive controlled by remote
  • Operating headlight and back-up light
  • Directional lighting
  • Puffing smoke
  • On/Off switches for smoke and sound
  • RailSounds RC™ sound system with steam chuffing and background sounds, and user-activated whistle, bell and announcements
  • Chuffing sounds in synched with puffing smoke
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body and frame
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Traction tires
  • Engineer and fireman figures

And that’s the list of our best Christmas train sets. Bring home any of these Lionel trains (or all) and give them to your children as gifts or set them to display to stylize your living room.

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