The Thomas Kinkade Wonderland Express Christmas Tree: Product Review
I’m always on the lookout for exciting new Christmas decorations.
I recently picked up one of this season’s most highly sought after Christmas collectibles…
The Thomas Kinkade Wonderland Express Animated Tabletop Christmas Tree With Train from The Bradford Exchange Online. (What a mouthful! ) From this point forward I shall refer to it as the TKWEATCTWT… wait that’s a mouthful too! Let’s just call it the Train Tree for now.
The Train Tree is a tabletop decoration adorned with Thomas Kinkade village scenes, animated trains, animated Santa (with sleigh and reindeer) and Christmas lights, lighted houses, a Chapel and snowmen.
Because so many people are interested in this popular decoration, I decided to write this review and share my personal experience with you.
Note: all images on this page can be clicked to enlarge.
Enter the Grandkids
Even though it wasn’t quite Christmas time yet, I wanted to see how some of my Grandkids would react to this dynamic piece of Yuletide splendor.
I knew they would like it… but their reactions totally floored me!
I want you to see their response in this short home video. Pardon the poor quality, this was shot with an older digital camera. We’re hoping to get a better camera soon.
Of all the Christmas decorations I have, this one creates the most excitement. My grandchildren love it. They love the trains, they love the music, they love the trains, they love the little houses, they love the trains, they love the flying Santa Claus. And did I mention they love the trains?
I did have a couple of other videos of the kids interacting with the Train Tree, but the quality was so poor I decided against showing them. Never the less, they made some adorable comments while exploring the tree. Here are some quotes of Peyton (my 6 year-old granddaughter) and Rayce (my 2 year-old grandson). Since Rayce is 2, I translated his baby talk.
"There’s lights even. Oh my goodness there’s Christmas lights! Come here Rayce look!"
"It’s Santa Claus! Oh look there’s goodies in the back!"
"Awwe! Look that little girl can see the reindeer!"
"This house is huge! It goes all the way around like that!"
"You would sooooo want to have that out for Christmas!"
"uhitz turnin round!" (It’s turning around!)
"Baby in der!" (Look there’s a baby in there!)
"Waher faw, waher faw! I see waher faw!" (Waterfall, waterfall! I see a waterfall!)
I did my own examination of the tree. It really is exquisite. The houses are beautifully detailed. You will find lampposts on the streets. There are many tiny people everywhere; there are bridges over ponds and fir trees laden with snow and snow covering the ground. There’s a gorgeous glitter effect to the snow. You’ll even find a snowman—actually two. One you’ll have to look very hard to find.
Click the thumbnails below to see some detailed close-ups of the Train Tree.
Anna Beth’s Adorable Take On the Tree
My grandchildren loved the tree, but my little 4-year-old granddaughter, Anna Beth could have watched it all night. After we turned it off, she came to me in her tiny little voice and said, “Grandmama, I love the tree.” A few minutes later, she came back to me and asked if we could turn it back on. She stayed with it a long time just looking at it and listening to the music.
But don’t worry about having to listen to the music constantly. You can turn the music off (or down) while the children watch Santa and the trains.
Not Just For the Kids!
Just because I’ve shown you my grandchildren’s reaction doesn’t mean this decoration is only for the children. On the contrary; adults love it, too. I’ve already described the little village and the houses that light up. It’s an adorable table decoration at a distance, but the closer you get the more fascinating it becomes. I find something new every time I go back and look at it. With the nostalgic feel of the village scenes and the fine craftsmanship, it’s enough to appeal to any adult even with the most discriminating of taste.
It Looks Great But is it Fragile?
Before letting the children near the tree, I checked it out to see if it was going to be a parent’s nightmare. You know how children love to touch everything. The first thing you know, your nice decoration is broken and you have to try to glue it back together.
I think somebody knew what they were doing when they added the trains to this decoration. I personally tested it out to see just how secure the trains really are. They’re very secure. It would take a very aggressive little child to pull one off. Just keep a watchful eye and your tree will be fine.
I’m not suggesting the tree is indestructible, however. My little grandson was able to pull off one of the tiny people. It was easy to return this tiny little character to his proper position and no one will ever be the wiser.
The 2 Main Reasons I Love This Decoration
Most of us consider the children when we’re decorating for Christmas. We want things to be fun and we want to make happy memories. Believe me, your children will look forward to opening the “train tree” box every Christmas. And years from now, when they look back and reminisce, this tree will bring back special memories. And if you take good care of it, your grandchildren will have special memories too.
In fact, looking at it will bring back childhood memories of ice skating, building snowmen, snowball fights and hurrying in from the cold to drink hot chocolate.
When you think about it, this decoration is a…
- Christmas tree
- Santa and Reindeer Figurine
- 3 complete, moving Train Sets
- Lighted Thomas Kinkade Snow Village
- and a Music Box
… all rolled into one.
I’ve seen comparable items selling for $200/$250 (and they don’t look as good either). But the Wonderland Express Tree is selling for just $150 – yippee! I still can’t believe it’s that low.
If this Train Tree sounds like something you’d be interested in, then I highly recommend getting your own - and sooner rather than later. I feel fortunate to have gotten one early in the Christmas season. This is a limited edition collectible, so once they sell out they’ll be gone for good.
I hope you have found this review insightful and helpful. And if you get this wonderful decoration, I hope it brings you and your family as much joy as it’s brought me and mine.
Click here to make your own memories with the Thomas Kinkade Wonderland Express Christmas Tree.
One last note: Because I’m a shamelessly proud grandmother here are a few more pics that show how much the kids love this wonderful Christmas Tree. And just to be clear - none of the photos or video on this page were posed. We just showed them the tree and started shooting. Click images to enlarge.