Dallas Holiday Tradition

Trains at NorthPark kickoff reminds Dallasites why this holiday tradition matters

Trains at NorthPark kickoff reminds Dallasites why tradition matters

Regen Fearon, Dr. Jeffrey Fearon, Tia Wynne, Len Critcher, Bob White, Jamie Singer, Jill Cumnock
Regen Fearon, Dr. Jeffrey Fearon, Tia Wynne, Len Critcher, Bob White, Jamie Singer, Jill Cumnock Photo by Rhi Lee
Annika Cail, Bridget Miller, TANP Spsonor Party
Annika Cail, Bridget Miller Photo by Rhi Lee
Christie Escochea, Jaquie Donovan, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fulligim, TANP Sponsor Party
Christie Escochea, Jaquie Donovan, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fulligim Photo by Rhi Lee
Richard Eiseman, Jr, Betsy Eiseman, TANP Sponsor Party
Richard Eiseman, Betsy Eiseman Photo by Rhi Lee
Ryan Shore, Destin Shore,  Meg Florence, Doug Florence, TANP Sponsor Party
Ryan Shore, Destin Shore, Meg Florence, Doug Florence Photo by Rhi Lee
Whitney Newell, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fullingim, TANP Sponsor Party
Whitney Newell, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fullingim Photo by Rhi Lee
Carrie Arnot, Whitney Newell, TANP Sponsor Party
Carrie Arnot, Whitney Newell Photo by Rhi Lee
Alissa  Gearing, Alan Gearing, TANP Sponsor Party
Alissa Gearing, Alan Gearing Photo by Rhi Lee
Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, TANP Sponsor Party
Jennifer Tobin, April Cook Photo by Rhi Lee
Regen Fearon, Dr. Jeffrey Fearon, Tia Wynne, Len Critcher, Bob White, Jamie Singer, Jill Cumnock
Annika Cail, Bridget Miller, TANP Spsonor Party
Christie Escochea, Jaquie Donovan, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fulligim, TANP Sponsor Party
Richard Eiseman, Jr, Betsy Eiseman, TANP Sponsor Party
Ryan Shore, Destin Shore,  Meg Florence, Doug Florence, TANP Sponsor Party
Whitney Newell, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fullingim, TANP Sponsor Party
Carrie Arnot, Whitney Newell, TANP Sponsor Party
Alissa  Gearing, Alan Gearing, TANP Sponsor Party
Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, TANP Sponsor Party

Before the Trains at NorthPark opens in all its holiday glory on November 22, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas thanked sponsors and donors at the home of Len Critcher.

Each year brings exciting additions, and the group of almost 100 —including Regen Fearon, Tia Wynne, Bob White, Jamie Singer and Jill Cumnock — raised a glass to this year’s changes, which include a new location, level one near Nordstrom, and new Perot Museum and Dallas skyline exhibits.

Although all chairs have a personal connection to the Ronald McDonald House, honorary chair Dr. Jeffrey Fearon really put things into perspective. When Fearon’s sister was young and very ill, she visited Boston Children’s, where there was no RMH, and he personally remembers how hard it was for his mother to stay in a hotel by herself.

Through his practice as a craniofacial surgeon, he sees plenty of patients, many of whom stay at the RHH. He finally decided as a family that he and his wife needed to take their twins and visit this place to experience it for themselves.

“I was taken by the humanity of the people feeding families at Ronald McDonald House,” Fearon said. “The amount of stress that the house reduces is enormous.”

Since 1987, the Trains at NorthPark has raised money for the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Currently this annual event provides the funds for almost one-third of RMHD’s annual operating budget.

The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, the Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge; the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C., with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, among other highlights.

The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments, complete with steam engine and coach cars, ticket booth, train station, and interactive features. More than 50,000 people visit the Trains at NorthPark each season as part of their holiday tradition.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 to 12) and senior citizens (65 and older), and free for children under 2. Discount tickets for $1 off regular admission are available at Tom Thumb. The exhibit runs from November 22 to January 4.