Best Train Sets To Go Under Your Christmas Tree
Toy train sets have been much-loved kids Christmas gifts for more than 100 years, and the tradition of placing them under the tree is just as historic. We take a closer look at this festive throwback to find out more and reveal our pick of the best Christmas tree train sets.
Why Do People Put Trains Under The Tree?
There’s something so idyllic about seeing a wooden train chugging its way around a Christmas tree, twinkling under the glow of a hundred fairy lights. This nostalgic trend is big in America, but no one can be totally sure how the tradition began. Though historians believe it dates back to the early 1900s, when manufacturer Lionel made the first electric train toy.
Some families set up their train sets at the same time as they decorate the tree, or you could wait until the eve of the 24th to surprise your little sprouts on Christmas morning.
What Are The Best Christmas Tree Train Sets?
Any of these train sets will look be-yule-tiful under your Christmas tree, and we’ve also matched them with battery-operated engines which can power carriages along the track hands-free.
My First Train Set
Wrap the track around the base of your Christmas tree and set up the chunky figures to charm your excitable youngster! The circular shape of this toddler train set is ideal for looping around your tree. It comes with a train engine, two carriages, eight pieces of track and extras including wooden houses, trees and figures. Pair your tot’s First Train Set with our Battery Operated Mighty Red Loco train engine.
Fairy Town Train Set
Spark your littlen’s i-magicnation with this enchanting Fairy Town Train Set. Waking up to see this bright pink set waiting beneath the tree will delight your pocket-sized prince or princess. It comes with 75 play pieces, including a pink train engine, carriages, tunnels, a bridge, helicopter and more. Pair with our Battery Operated Powerful Pink Loco train engine.
Flying Scotsman Train Set
Treat your elf to our Heritage Collection Flying Scotsman Train Set. The Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 and became famous around the world for being the first train to reach 100mph. This legendary locomotive is a retro favourite on the toy train scene, so it’s perfect for adding a traditional touch to your Christmas tree train set-up. The 42 pieces feature a Flying Scotsman train, ticket office, trees, cars, houses, local workers and village folk. Pair with our Battery Operated Flying Scotsman Engine.
Christmas Trains & Accessories
To add to the magic on Christmas morning, deck out any of our wooden train sets with a few Christmas-themed trains and accessories.
Santa Sleigh With Reindeer
While Dasher and the gang are out pulling Santa’s sleigh through the starry night sky, you can bring this magical scene to life with our Santa Sleigh With Reindeer. It’s the ultimate wooden train accessory to spruce up your kids train set.
Mind the gap, Santa! Father Christmas is testing out a new mode of transport this year, delivering the children’s presents by rail. The three wooden carriages each have magnetic couplings, so they can all be pulled along together by the Christmas Train. It also comes with two pieces of wooden train track and a buffer.
This Candy Crane accessory goes with our Christmas Train (sold separately), helping Santa to deliver the world’s presents safely! Turn the dial to raise the crane, then lift the gift-filled carriages up and off the festive freight by their magnetic points, before lowering them carefully on the ground. Adding to the jolly yuletide scenes is the snow-topped tunnel, decorated with a frosty window, snowman, logs for the fire and a robin.