There’s nothing better than having a train running under your Christmas tree as your family celebrates the holiday.
But, if you have a toddler at home you may know the trouble that comes with trying to have something under the tree.
There is hope though, that you can still enjoy this tradition by buying the best Christmas train for toddlers.
These trains may not be exactly the ones that you see in home and garden magazines but they will be ones that your young child can play with. You won’t have to worry about paying a lot of money for it and then your child breaking it the first day.
The Best Christmas Trains for Toddlers
Here are a few different choices for toddler Christmas trains depending on what you may be looking for in the train as well as the age of your child.
Best Train for Younger Toddlers Ages 18 months to 3 Years:
Fisher Price Little People Musical Christmas Train
If you have a younger toddler (or even a baby), this Little People Christmas train is probably your best option for the holiday this year.
Although it may not the train track set that can ride around in a circle under your tree, this train is lots of fun and makes a cute decoration as well as a toy.
The train plays music and each train car has a different fun activity that goes along with it. It even includes 3 Little People figures including an elf, reindeer, and of course Santa.
This train is a bunch of fun for toddlers as they can push it all around and hear Jingle Bells but it can also be used by parents to introduce Santa and Christmas for younger kids.
If your toddler is a fan of Little People, then this is a must-have toy for Christmas this year. And even if they don’t have any Little People yet, these are one of the most popular toys for this age group and a great way to celebrate Christmas with a young one.
Best Inexpensive Train for Under the Christmas Tree:
MOTA Classic Toy Train Set
This is a great inexpensive train that is perfect for under the Christmas tree.
The cool thing about this train is that it has lights and sounds and even blows real smoke. Your kids will love watching this train go around the tree and best of all it is child-friendly.
Parents will have to put the track together but then the train is easily controlled with a switch. Your child will be delighted with the realistic sounds and the cool smoke that comes from the train.
The set comes with the engine train as well as 3 additional cargo cars to pull around. There are curved and straight track pieces included so you can make a circle under your tree.
You could always use the train on a table or another place besides under the tree as well as it is not just for under the tree.
Do keep in mind that this is a really inexpensive train and definitely can’t be beat for the price. But, don’t compare it to other train sets that cost over $200 as this is a simple yet very neat train.
Best Thomas The Train Christmas Train for Toddlers:
Fisher Price Thomas and Friends Santa’s Workshop Express Set
If you have a Thomas the Train fan in your home, then the Santa’s Workshop Express Set may just be the hit of the holidays this year.
There are several different Christmas themed Thomas the Train sets but this one really is one of the best for toddlers and is new for 2016.
This is a wooden set, which means it’s durable and will last but is also great for little hands.
The set comes with Thomas all covered in snow pulling his cargo car loaded with gifts.
It also has some great accessories along with the track including Sir Topham Hat dressed like Santa, a decorated Christmas tree, A north Pole sign, and more.
The track does feature a mountain Thomas has to climb up to Santa’s workshop as kids will love watching Thomas roll up and down as he delivers the gifts.
This set isn’t only great for Thomas fans though as it’s a fun and festive train set that is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. If you get your child this train set you may just find he leaves your Christmas stuff alone.
Do keep in mind though this is a great Christmas train set, it isn’t wide enough to go around the base of a Christmas tree and is not motorized either. You can add on with other wooden Thomas railway pieces if you already have them at home or if you want to buy a separate pack though.
Christmas trains are great and can become a wonderful tradition in your home.
If you have little ones you are going to want to start out with trains that can easily be handled by them or ones that you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
Although these are the best Christmas trains for toddlers that I recommend, there are more options available if you are still looking for something else.