Holiday Traditions@BCM

Now Open Thru Jan. 5, 202

MateoandSal BCM TrainsToy trains go click-clack down the tracks, snow dogs spin on the ice rink and BCM is all aglow with lights, music and the holiday spirit with the 2019 Holiday Traditions@BCM.

This is the 28th year for BCM’s Holiday Toy Trains display with its 250 feet of track and more than 30 guest-activated displays. Guests can also enjoy Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kid-size, animated exhibit based on the children’s book by Kenton Hills author Diana Grady, “The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me,” plus special Polar Express and Wahoo readings, Santa visits, Charles Dickens Victorian Village display, holiday concerts and more.  

train readingOn Sunday afternoons between Thanksgiving and Christmas, local children’s librarians will read aloud from Grady’s book and the Christmas classic, “Polar Express.”  The readings will take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Holiday finery or comfy PJs are encouraged for the story hours, which include crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Activities are included with museum admission, but space is limited, so reservations are required by the preceding Friday. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (859) 491-4003.


Several local communities are sponsoring special hours for their residents to visit Holiday Traditions@BCM for free. Guests must show proof of residency. Special hours are:

*    Park Hills Day, Sunday, December 1, 1-5 p.m.

*    Edgewood Night, Friday, December 6, 6-8 p.m.

*    Fort Wright Day, Sunday, December 8, 1-5 p.m.

*    Ludlow Day, Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

*    Fort Mitchell/Lakeside Day, Sunday, December 15, 1- 5 p.m.

*    Villa Hills Day, Saturday, December 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.







Holiday Traditions@BCM, which is sponsored by Central Bank, will be on display until Sunday, January 5, 2020. Behringer-Crawford Museum is located at 1600 Montague Road-Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011. The exhibits are free for museum members. For non-members, they are included with paid admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60+ and $5 for children. Wednesdays are Grandparent’s Days: one grandchild admitted free with each paying grandparent. Parking is free. For more information, call 859-491-4003.

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Other holiday activities at BCM include:


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Friday, November 29, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Members-Only Holiday Room

BCM members can take a relaxing break from Black Friday shopping and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and make a holiday craft. Free for BCM members. Not a member? Join at the door!

Thursday, December 5, 1-2 p.m.: Chippie’s Sensational Science Labs: Santa’s Science

Chippie, BCM’s chipmunk mascot, introduces Christmas-themed science to children aged 3 to 5 in this fun and educational monthly series, which incorporates S.T.E.A.M. elements and age-appropriate experiments. Museum admission plus $3 lab fee per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required: call (859) 491-4003. 

Saturday, December 7: Ornament-Making Workshops@BCM

Homemade ornaments can become part of your own family’s traditions. Learn how at these special workshops for adults and children.

⦁    Adults: 10:30-noon. Craft a cozy, no-sew quilted ornament for your tree. Museum admission plus a $10 craft fee.

⦁    Kids: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Make an old-fashioned, punched-tin ornament like the pioneers did. For children age 7 and older. Museum admission plus a $5 craft fee. 

Reservations required: call 859-491-4003. 

Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m.: NKU SOTA Dance Troupe

Dancers from the NKU School of the Arts will perform a holiday-inspired concert. Included with museum admission.

Saturday, December 7, 1:30 p.m.: Comedy@BCM

The comedy troupe "This Side Up" from the NKU School of the Arts will create an improvised show inspired by the audience’s suggestions.

Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m.: Concert – Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers

The popular group, consisting of more than 150 musicians ranging in age from the mid-20s to mid-80s, will perform seasonal music on the Appalachian, or mountain, dulcimer (Kentucky’s state instrument since 2002) and other traditional mountain instruments.  Included with museum admission.

Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m.: Concert  NDA Chorus

The chorus from Notre Dame Academy will perform holiday favorites. Included with museum admission.

Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.: Concert – St. Agnes Children’s ChoirWileyWahooCovington

The St. Agnes Parish Children’s Choir of Fort Wright will perform Christmas songs and other favorites. Included with museum admission.

Tuesday, December 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Tot Tuesdays! – Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen

Wonderful seasonal aromas waft from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen as she bakes her holiday goodies! Parents and their toddlers can hear a story about Christmas and decorate their own cookies. Included with museum admission plus a $1 craft fee per child. Reserve spots for you and your child at (859) 491-4003.

Thursday, December 19, Noon-1:30 p.m.: Brown Bag Luncheon – Be Your Beautiful Best for the Holidays

Jessica Hansen of Southern Style Soap of Erlanger will explain the causes of common skin problems and how to treat them, plus share secrets for some great at-home beauty  treatments. Bring your own brown bag lunch – we provide the drinks, dessert and discourse. Cost: $3 for BCM members; $10 for future BCM members. Reservations recommended: (859) 491-4003.

Friday, December 27, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Concert – Jake Speed Sings Train Songs

Behringer-Crawford Museum presents "Jake Speed Sings Train Songs", a one-hour, live folk music show featuring songs about trains, railroad legends and locomotive lore where each kid will walk away with a lesson on how to make their free harmonica chug like a train!

Jake Speed, a five-time winner of Cincinnati’s Best Folk/Americana Musician, plays guitar, harmonica, washboard, and kazoo all while tap-dancing along to tunes like “Freight Train,” “Waiting for a Train,” “Railroad Bill,” and many more classic train songs. Throughout his two performances (11am, 1pm), Speed will regale audiences with his story of Haystack Wiseacre, the legendary boxcar hobo who taught Speed everything he knows about the history & performance of train songs. As Speed retells Haystack’s musical lessons, kids and adults alike will learn instructive tips for how to play the American folk instruments that recreate the chugging of the train.

This kid-friendly show will have the boys & girls singing and dancing along before the grand finale: a Jake Speed-led kid train where young audience members use their free harmonicas to make train-chugging sounds as they march over to the Holiday Toy Trains display (a 28-year tradition of delighting generations with more than 30 animated, guest-operated features and 250 feet of track running through busy cities and snowy countrysides).

Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members; the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation. 

Thank you to our 2019 sponsor:

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Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and national holidays

Behringer-Crawford Museum

1600 Montague Road - Devou Park

Covington, Kentucky, 41011

Phone: (859) 491-4003


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