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Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks, 4621 Leeds Avenue, Arbutus, MD. Our train garden will not be open this year, see you in 2015!
Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 21st Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Garden, new designs every year. November 23 through January 3, Weeknights 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Weekends 11am - 8:30pm, Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, and New Year's Day, 11am - 4pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 410-242-6601, www.arbutusvfd.org
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Magical Holiday Express. Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express "Community Giving Train", a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, a winter wonderland of family fun and activities and a way to help local charities who help those in need this season. There is something to see and do every day at this event with all new holiday decorations, hands-on crafts and contests, live entertainment, train rides, model train layouts, appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and LEGO Man and much more! Be sure to check out their website for all the details! November 22 - January 4, Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Day and New Year's Day. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org
Baltimore City Fire Department, Engine Company 45 and Medic 14, 2700 Glen Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Continuing a longtime tradition, the Baltimore City Fire Department presents its 58th Annual Holiday Train Garden. Each year the garden features displays with themes relative to the Fire Department and current issues. The Train Garden occupies almost half of the station and is expected to draw more than 10,000 people. Operating every day 9am - 9pm from November 29 through January 4. 443-984-1529.
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD. Open House 2nd Sunday of the month, 1pm - 5pm. Two large (12'x65') layouts featuring diesel, steam trains, and trolleys in HO and O scale, operating Thomas the Tank Engine model. Additional static model displays, 34 authentic railroad heralds, and railroad manufacturer's publicity photos. Special Holiday open house dates: November 9, December 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11, 18, and 25, 410-837-2763 (Friday evenings), www.modelengineers.com
Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. "Santa's Streetcar", Ride an authentic streetcar with Santa Claus, see the 16' decorated tree and train gardens, listen to a reading of "A Visit from Saint Nick", and enjoy holiday refreshments and music. Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7, 13, and 14, Noon - 5pm. 410-547-0264, www.baltimorestreetcar.org
Catonsville Historical Society, 1824 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD. Christmas Open House. Our Townsend House and Pullen Museum will be decorated for the holidays, our trains will be up and running on both days. We also have a wonderful doll house, that will be on view. Our train garden and trains are 1940-50's from the Catonsville Fire Department, which were renovated about 10 years ago. December 6 1pm - 5pm and December 7, 1pm - 4pm. 410-744-3034, www.catonsvillehistory.org
Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 17th time this year, shoppers can feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas, jewelry, and floral arrangements along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. A model train garden is also part of the event. People can begin their holiday shopping, relax with a glass of Glühwein, and converse with a friend in a festive setting. Guided tours of Zion Church are available. Saturday November 30 10am - 4pm, Sunday November 30, 11am - 4:30pm. 410-727-3939, www.zionbaltimore.org
Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 67th year, this street in the Hampden district of Baltimore is brilliantly lit up for Christmas, and the glow spills over into the surrounding neighborhood. And, since there are some trains in it, I get to include it in this list! November 29 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm. www.christmasstreet.com
Don Myers, 3064 Deepwater Way, Edgewood, MD. Outdoor train display and huge roller coasters, sponsored by K'NEX. Be sure to keep an eye out for Daffy Duck! November 30 through January 4 (except closed December 10-13), 6pm - 9pm weekdays, 1pm - 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed Christmas Day.
Don Thompson and Jim Lanahan, Our train garden will not be open this year, see you in 2015!
Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. This year's train garden trains running on four different levels, some down right where the little ones can see them. Modeling Maryland from Ocean City to our hometown of Dundalk, with over 150 action scenes, including a huge carnival and an expanded zoo. Open December 4 through the January 4. Open seven days a week Noon - 8pm. Closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. The museum will also feature Luminary Night on December 19. Call 410-284-2331 for more information. dundalktraingarden.blogspot.com
Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. "Holiday Festival of Trains" Enjoy the museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. Santa will be on-hand to greet visitors opening weekend. See the custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. This masterpiece made completely of LEGO toy pieces is interactive for children of all ages. There are push buttons along the sides that will activate lights, motors, and sounds. Other model exhibits featured at the Station will include a small N-scale layout in the museum's Superintendent's Office, an O gauge crazy train in the Telegraph Office, and a push button O gauge children's layout in the Main Waiting Room. Opening November 28 and running through January 25. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am – 4pm, closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 410-461-1945, www.ecborail.org
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Our train garden will not be open this year, see you in 2015!
Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, MD. See 42 antique fire engines and a 1950s “O” Scale Train Garden. The new Underground Subway, Light Rail system plus the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park, the Baltimore Zoo, the Viaduct, Baltimore neighborhoods, and a car dealership on fire are featured. Be sure to check out the historic photos of Baltimore area train gardens. Open November 29 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), December 6, 13, 20, and 27-30, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500, www.firemuseummd.org
Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Come visit us and enjoy some holiday fun provided by train enthusiast Dennis Moore. Our Holiday Train Garden features four continuously operating trains. Visitors of all ages delight in the buttons to activate accessories or sounds. November 22 through January 11. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840.www.visithowardcounty.com
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD. The Museum has added a Christmas garden this holiday season. It started as a spur-of-the-moment suggestion that grew into a small layout, complete with some Martin aircraft. Museum operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11am -3pm. Closed Christmas and New Year. 410-682-6122. www.mdairmuseum.org
Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department, 4812 Butler Road, Glyndon, MD. Seventh annual holiday train garden. The 12 x 32 ft "O" scale layout took volunteers over 1550 hours to create. Lots of interactive buttons for the kids to push and a scavenger hunt to follow throughout the garden! There are 5 trains on the layout and many fully operational accessories. The man in the red suit will be visiting on weekends for children who want to have pictures taken with Santa. Opening 3pm November 28 through January 11. Monday through Fridays 5:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays Noon - 9pm. Closed Christmas day. 410-833-1262 ext. 5, www.gvfd40.org
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 6-7, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com
Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. A new Highlandtown tradition enters its sixth year with new layout features! Grand Opening Day December 5, 6:30pm - 8pm. November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20-24, 26-31, January 1, 2, 3, 11am - 5pm. www.highlandtowntraingarden.com
Howard County Fire and Rescue Train Garden and Open House, Hosted by Ellicott City Fire Company #2, 4150 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD. 18th Annual Train Garden. A 24 x 10 Foot display that largely fills a glass-walled room. Coal locomotives, switch tracks, flashing train signals. In all there are eight trains, including a circus train, an Amtrak passenger train and a long freight train that course along various tracks, on various levels, chugging into tunnels, disappearing into and then emerging from snow-covered mountains. There’s a carousel and a North Pole scene, complete with Santa Claus and his elves. Open December 1 through January 1. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am - 8:30pm, Wednesday through Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm. Call 410-313-2036 for additional information and additional hours. www.ellicottcityvfa.com
John & June Sturgeon, 836 Turf Valley Drive, Pasadena, MD. 19th Annual Train garden with 11 trains consisting of an amusement park, football stadium, hot dog stand, and a winter wonderland that includes lighted houses, ice skaters, and skiers. Enjoy lots of lighted yard decorations. November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 15-23, 26, 27, 6pm - 9pm. Please park on Hunt Ridge Road and walk to the house. Look for flashing RR crossing sign in the back yard.
Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. Celebrating 25 years! An extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complimented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages, also nightly entertainment for the whole family! November 28-30, Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org
Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 19 years. Created by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, this legendary display features a number of multi-level scenes featuring 16 trains and many landscapes - airport, beach, raceway, towns, oil fields, freight yards, the North Pole with the Polar Express, Gumdrop City and scenes from the movie "Cars" - with a number of interactive elements for the enjoyment of parents and children alike. And a passenger train circling it all from above. Opening November 22 and running through December 31. 410-766-2033, www.marleystation.com
Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 29 through January 3, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm - 6pm.
Rawlings Conservatory, 3100 Swan Drive in Druid Hill Park (near the corner of McCulloh Street and Gwynns Falls Parkway), Baltimore, MD. “It’s a Wonderful Life at the Rawlings Conservatory” Poinsettias are the premier signature holiday flower. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well, with names such as Jingle Bells, Monet, and Fireworks. Come brighten your winter day with us! December 6 through January 4. Wednesday through Sunday: 10am - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day. Santa visits on Sunday, December 8, 1 – 3pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit on Saturday, December 13, 10am – noon. 410-396-0008. www.rawlingsconservatory.org
Severna Park Model Railroad Club, 3 Riggs Avenue, Severna Park, MD Home of the historic HO scale Chesapeake & Allegheny Railroad, spanning Maryland, “From the Mountains to the Bay,” circa 1950. Noted for their urban scenery, impressive steel works and robust coal operation, this club has been featured on the cover of Model Railroader four times. Located in the old Severna Park train station along the Baltimore & Annapolis rail trail. Open House December 6 & 7, Noon - 5pm. severnapark.railfan.net/
The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. "Making Tracks to Kenilworth for the Holidays". A spectacular holiday tradition –over ninety-two feet of action packed model trains, animations and hundreds of your favorite characters!! The annual Christmas train garden, which runs from November 22 through January 9, has been a legendary tradition at The Shops at Kenilworth for 25 years. The vast display of trains, bridges and animated displays and figures is created each year by The Train Group consisting of 10 model train enthusiast who are dedicated to providing a display that appeals to all ages. Train opens at 9am and operates all mall hours. While you're there, check out the train layouts down in Stebbins Anderson too! 410-321-1909, www.theshopsatkenilworth.com
Subway City Holiday Train Garden, Mondawmin Metro Subway Station, 2307 Liberty Heights Avenue (intersection with Reisterstown Road), Baltimore, MD. The interactive train garden, in its 7th year, features a four-car subway train moving around a cityscape, platform, zoo, park, neighborhoods and a construction site. Kids young and old can experience the magic of the train garden and are encouraged to participate in the fun by pushing interactive buttons and watching objects move in the train garden. The holiday display was designed and built by MTA Metro Subway employees on their own time with materials and time donated by the MTA and several contractors. The rest of the time you can run the trains yourself by pushing the button! The display is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Mondawmin Metro Station and is available for public viewing during normal Metro Subway operating hours, from November 27 through January 1.
Sykesville and Patapsco Railway, Downtown Sykesville, MD. This display of railroad history includes a 1910 Pullman Parlor Car, 1927 B&O Caboose, 1910 Interlocking Tower with N, HO, O, and G-gauge model train displays. Open house Saturday December 6, 3pm to 9pm, in conjunction with the Sykesville tree lighting ceremony, which runs from 6pm - 9pm that evening. Santa will be in the caboose from about 6:30pm - 9pm. Train displays also open December 7, 13, 14, & 20. January 3 & 4, Noon - 4pm. Open houses are normally held the 1st Sunday of each month from Noon - 4pm. 443-280-9878, www.sprailway.org
Toy Train Operating Society, Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire House, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD. The National Capital Division presents their Family Train and Toy Show. Trains and accessories (old and new) in all scales for sale, repair and replacement parts, and test tracks. Operating layout display by the Baltimore Area American Flyer Club. Sunday December 14, 9am - 3pm.
Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 34th Holiday Train Display. November 29 through January 4. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends Noon - 9pm, closed Christmas Day. 410-288-0710, www.wavfc.com
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Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD. For the 13th year Bowie resident Ted Tuck (shameless plug for WVMGRS club member) uses elements of his Abyss Western Railway (Come to Bowie and Go AWRY) to show that it is possible to run G Scale trains in an urban-suburban-rural-parkland environment confined to a 5x15 foot space. Every year features new structures, and a variety of trains and vehicle parades occur throughout the display season. December 1 through January 23, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2pm - 4:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm - 7:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30am - Noon. 301-809-2300, www.cityofbowie.org/seniorcenter
Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society returns for its tenth year to operate a garden railway inside the South Conservatory. The South Conservatory comes to life with a landscape in miniature, as trains and trolleys wind their way through town and country scenes, past one-of-a kind models of the Brookside Gardens Conservatories, the Dentzel Carousel and the Chautauqua Tower of Glen Echo Park. Colorful plantings light up both greenhouses, with bold Poinsettias in red, pink and white blending with other strong colors of Clerodendrum quadriloculare, fireworks flower, Bouganvillea, and Salvia. Silver and blue Plectranthus, white snapdragons, blue Browallia, purple Nicotiana and peppers provide accent and contrast in the scene. Winter may rule the outside landscape but the conservatories will be bright with color and active with sound and motion to match the festive feeling of the season. November 28 through January 11, 10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day). NOTE: There will be no Garden of Lights this year due to parking lot reconstruction but the show will return in 2015! 301-962-1400, www.wvmgrs.org and www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside
College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. "Holiday Trains and Planes" Exhibit. During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum. Saturday, December 13 through Saturday, December 19, 10am - 5pm. 30l-864-6029; TTY 30l-864-4765, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com
Gaithersburg Model Train Show, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg,, MD. 9th annual show, all gauges and scales for sale, large operating layouts. (There is also a concurrent, co-located railroad memorabilia show but it's more for the grown-ups.) November 2, 9am - 4pm. www.gserr.com
National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. In addition to the regular museum experience, also visit with Santa and see the Christmas garden exhibit with toy trains. Saturdays and Sundays, December 6 through 28, Noon - 5 pm. 301-384-6088, www.dctrolley.org/index.htm
The National Christmas Tree, The Ellipse, Washington, DC. What's a Christmas tree without a train running around it? For the 21st consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). December 4 through January 1, 10 - 10 daily. 202-208-1631, www.nps.gov/whho/ and www.nctrr.com
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW. Washington, DC. The Zoo has a train exhibit with the opening of its holiday lights and family fun festival, ZooLights! Featuring trains on three levels. View three exciting train exhibits: The Land of Lego, Thomas the Train, and a 125th Zoo Birthday Party display, focused on the birth of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and its amazing history. A special treat for the whole family. Look for all the excitement in the Visitor Center, near the Zoo’s entrance on Connecticut Avenue. There will also be a ride-on train circling the Great Cat Circle and tubing on Lion/Tiger Hill. And don't forget the new carousel will be running! ZooLights will run November 28 through January 1, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, from 5pm - 9pm. nationalzoo.si.edu
Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 24th Annual Modular Train Show. The show features several rooms of large operating displays of model railroads – Z, N, and HO Scales; a Garden Railway Setup in G-Scale; a Lionel modular setup; and a Lego layout – provided by local Model Railroad Associations. Their members are always eager to talk with visitors about their railway systems and the designs, as well as share insights or answer any questions about model railroading. Saturday November 8, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 9, Noon - 4pm. www.rockvillelions.org
Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington DC. At Union Station the Annual Holiday Train Display is a time honored tradition dating back over 21 years. The tradition started with the donation of the Original Holiday Train by the Norwegian Embassy as a part of their ongoing appreciation for the United States' involvement in World War II. Year after year the train attracts thousands of visitors and has become an institution at the Station. As the years went by, however, the train became more difficult to maintain as parts for the Old Norwegian beauty were becoming few and far between. Until finally in 2011 the original train was unable to be salvaged, and it seemed that this icon of Union Station was on the verge of being lost forever. However, after much work and renovation our Holiday Train Display will once again be on view in the Main Hall. The train now features 3 G-Scale LGB Steam Locomotives running on 200 feet of track. The train is to scale at 1:22 the size of an actual train. A mountain landscape with 40 new structures, 25 trucks and vintage cars, 100 trees along with people, dogs and cats make for a realistic setting. November 28 through December 31. Monday to Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday Noon - 6pm. Closed Christmas and New Year's. 202-289-1908, www.unionstationdc.com
U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. " Season's Greenings" Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant parts. Don't worry if you get seasick; train travel is still possible with our marvelous model trains! Come in from the cold and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of Season's Greenings. Display opens November 27 and runs through January 4, 10am - 5pm daily. Extended evening hours until 8pm with seasonal music on December 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23. 202-225-8333, www.usbg.gov
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Applewood Farm, 4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford, MD. "Christmas at Applewood". Eight model train displays and The Applewood Express, a miniature 1870's vintage steam train that will carry guests on a scenic 6/10 mile tour. Plus Christmas trees, hayrides, petting zoo, kiddy maze, lawn bowling, reindeer antler toss, & 1773 log barn. November 29 through December 21, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 4pm. www.applewoodfarm.org
Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 16th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 16 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 9, 16, 23, 30, Thursday December 4, 6:30pm - 9pm. Saturdays December 13, 20, 27, 11am - 4pm. Sunday December 7, 298 1pm - 5pm. If you need information or directions, please call our office between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. 410-658-4297.
Christopher’s Train Garden, Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 1700 South Fountain Green Road (MD 543), Bel Air, MD. Train garden displayed in memory of Christopher Cooper by his family and friends. See the Ocean City Boardwalk, complete with an operating model roller coaster, rides and many other favorite OC attractions. Come experience the magic of the Polar Express. Enjoy trains of all sizes as they circle in and around models of local favorites such as Bel Air’s Main Street, Brooms Bloom Dairy Farm and Annie’s Playground. Feel the holiday spirit with the Dickens and Christmas Villages along with lots of animation including skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters and much more. There is a play area for children with a train table and an area to color, read stories and write letters to Santa. November 29 through December 28. Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 8pm. 410-399-COWS, www.bbdairy.com
Historical Society of Harford County, North Main Street (at the corner of Main and Gordon Streets), Bel Air, MD. There will be no train garden this year due to renovations to the building (former Bel Air Post Office, WPA Depression Era construction), see you in 2015!
Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. The Jacksonville Train Garden has expanded this year and includes more Jacksonville landmarks, Fort McHenry, Disney's Magic Kingdom, the modeled home of last year's raffle winner and more. December 15 through 31. December 15, 29, 10am - 8pm, December 16-19, 22-24, 26, 27, 30, 31, 10am - 3:30pm. 410-887-8208, www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/centers/jacksonville.html
Jarrettsville Nurseries, 4336 Saint Clair Bridge Road, Jarrettsville, MD and 1121 Holy Cross Road, Street, MD. Create a holiday tradition. Cut your own or fresh cut trees, wagon rides, wreaths, and other decorations. And, of course, train gardens at both locations. November 28 through December 21. Weekdays 10am - 5pm. Weekends 9am - 5pm. 410-452-8677, www.jntrees.com
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 33rd Annual Train Garden open from November 28 through January 11. Open 6:30pm - 9pm Fridays, 1pm - 9pm Saturdays and Sundays, 9am - 9pm Saturday December 13 for the Craft Fair. Also 1pm - 9pm January 1 and 6:30pm - 9pm December 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, January 2. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890, www.jarrettsvillevfc.com
Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, Bel Air Town Center, 500 Block of Baltimore Pike (US Business 1, enter between Chili's and Taco Bell and go straight), Bel Air, MD. View two G-gauge layouts: a large, 72-foot long modular layout with scratchbuilt model structures the depicting local area and lots of animated scenes. Also, a smaller Christmas tree layout with illuminated buildings in a wintry scene is in the store window. November 28 - December 30, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 8pm, Saturdays Noon - 9pm, Sunday Noon - 5pm, also December 29, 30 Noon - 9pm. www.mdlsrs.com
Perryville Railway Museum, Perryville MARC Train Station, 650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD. The museum features railroad pictures and memorabilia from different time periods of Perryville history. There is a model train layout showing how the tracks for both Norfolk Southern and Amtrak run through Perryville. Sundays year-round Noon - 4pm. www.perryvillemd.org
Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD. 32nd Annual "Christmas in the Valley" The train garden was redesigned features several new attractions as well as some favorites from past train garden displays. This year's layout includes an amusement park, farms, towns, a quarry, and fire scenes along with many other detailed items. Saturday and Sunday November 22 through January 4 from Noon - 4pm, except December 27 and 28 will be Noon - 6pm. November 28 - Special after Thanksgiving showing, Noon - 6pm. Christmas Eve 3pm - 7pm. December 26, 29, 30, 4pm - 8pm. 410-848-1977, www.pleasantvalleyfire.org
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Antietam Station, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike (Route 34), Sharpsburg, MD. The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum presents their Open Houses with operating model train layouts. December 28, January 4, 11, 18, 25, Sundays 1pm - 5pm. 301-800-9829. http://antietamstation.com
The Barn at Springfield Farm, 16 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. The 6th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas Celebration "Reindeer in the Rafters" features over 80 decorated trees, Santa and “Buster” the talking bear will visit with children, plus music, train display, and more. December 6, 7, 13, 14 5pm - 8pm and December 10 11am - 5pm. www.williamsportmd.gov
Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD. For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile railyard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! See lots of real trains running just down the street! Fridays 10am - 2pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. 301-834-7100, brrm.net
Frederick County Society of Model Engineers, 423 East Patrick Street (near the Great Frederick Fairgrounds) in Frederick, MD. The club HO and HOn3 layout is housed in a restored heavyweight Chesapeake & Ohio six-door baggage type car. A G-scale layout is adjacent to the car. Open House Schedule is as follows. All dates are 1pm - 4pm. City of Frederick, Children's Weekend, December 7; Annual Winter Open Houses, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1. fcsme.com
Greenway Farms, 14098 Monticello Drive, Cooksville, MD and 15101 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD. Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms plus other decorations and crafts. There is a train display at both locations, plus plenty of hot cocoa and hot cider! Opens November 23 through December 20. Cooksville field, weekends 9am - 4:30 pm. Woodbine field, weekdays 11am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 6pm. 410-442-2388, greenwaytrees.net
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. The 25th anniversary "Trains of Christmas" Show features an "O" Scale 3-Rail Christmas layout with steam and diesel trains by Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver, and others operating in snow scene on four levels. The smoke and sounds of the steam and diesel locomotives fill the air with railroading past and present. Our "O" and "HO" trains will also be in operation. Railroad artifacts, photos, trains for kids to run, and a gift shop too. November 21 - March 1, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 301-739-4665, www.roundhouse.org
Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town, 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 23rd year, come see 26 trains running indoors and one running outside around a 5,000 gallon pond! Beautiful self painted backdrops, custom built bridges of various lengths and types, greatly detailed buildings and figures , several “one of a kind” custom assemblies and a collection of some locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories, many dating to the 1940’s. And children will love it!! Many hidden characters from TV and movies to be found. November 28 through January 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 11 - 7pm. Closed December 13.
Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship, MD. Holiday Open House. Train garden, antique displays, live music, refreshments and rides (weather permitting). December 6, 7, 13, 14, Noon - 4pm. www.farmheritage.org
Maryland and West Virginia Model Railroad Association, Allegany County Fairgrounds, off US Route 220 South - 11490 Moss Avenue Extended, Cumberland, MD. Holiday Season Open House. Saturdays November 29 and December 20, 1pm - 5pm. Wednesdays December 3, 10, 17, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 30 and December 7, 14, 1pm - 5pm. www.freewebs.com/mdwvmodelrrclub
Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 10th Annual Holiday Train Garden December 6 through January 4. Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 301-829-0100 ext. 361, www.mavfc.org
Roads and Rails Museum, 200 North East Street Frederick, MD. One of the largest model train displays in the country, with a zoo, circus, a working volcano, subway, coal mine, castle and much more. It took three years to build the "O" scale set-up and to collect some rare "orphan" cars to include in the display. Monday, Thursday, and Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon - 5pm. 301-624-5524, www.roadsnrails.com
The Train Room, 360 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. Come play with us at The Train Room and see one of the largest electric train displays with lots of hands on displays for kids of all ages. Home to one of the largest collections of rare and unusual items from Lionel, model railroading, and toys. Much of the collection pre-dates World War II. Mondays and Fridays 9am - 6pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 9am - 5pm, and Saturdays 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. 301-745-6681, www.the-train-room.com
Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown, MD. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will feature their Holiday train display in the storefront next to American Eagle Outfitters close to Center Court and Santa's Holiday Home. This intricate, festive train display is guaranteed to delight all ages! November 19 through December 24. 301-582-0700. www.shopthevalleymall.com
Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, 41 North Main Street, Union Bridge, MD. The museum houses an extensive collection of WM artifacts and memorabilia, a voluminous photo archive, archival material directly from the Western Maryland, and an extensive railroader's library. Major exhibits include the Caller's Boards from Hagerstown and Ridgely, and the CTC panel for the Lurgan Subdivision. An N-Scale model railroad is also featured. Sundays 1-4pm. 410-775-0150. www.westernmarylandrhs.com
Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. The Four County Society of Model Engineers will have their Modular HO layout set up during the Holiday Season. November 28, 29, December 6, 13, 20, 24, 26, 27, 10am - 5 pm. November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28-31, January 1-2, Noon - 5pm. December 5, 12, 19, 22, 23, 5pm - 8pm. December 10, 10am - Noon. www.fcsme.org
Westminster Toy Train Show, Agricultural Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD. Toy trains and related items for sale. Find those things needed for your Christmas Garden! Large operating train layout by the Baltimore American Flyer Club. November 23, 10am - 3pm.
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Blue Heron Christmas Tree Farm, 317 Devers Branch Road, Centreville, MD. "Choose-and-cut" Christmas trees, wreaths, and roping. Our farm has a kid's outdoor train display and we provide free hayrides beginning at 1pm on weekends. November 28 through December 21, Thursday and Friday, 1pm - 5pm, Weekends, 9am - 5pm. www.blueherontreefarm.com
Cambridge Rescue Fire Company, 307 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD. Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages! The Train Garden features little towns, industrial areas, rural areas, scenic areas and several emergency rescue displays. The display, now in its 80th year, has grown to 14 trains running on 750 feet of track, and is created each year by the volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. It takes six RFC members nine weeks and more than 400 man-hours to assemble the Train Garden. December 1-30. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm. 410-228-1211, www.tourdorchester.org
Caroline County Public Library, North County Branch, Greensboro Community Center, 101 Cedar Lane, Greensboro, MD. 15th Annual Toy and Train Exhibit. Experience the wonder of toy trains. Free exhibit of operating O, S, HO, N and Standard Gauge trains. December 6-7, 10am - 3pm. www.carolib.org
Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. Open house featuring layouts in N scale, N Scale modules, HO, O Tinplate, O Scale, Standard, and G Scale. November 29-30, December 6-7, January 3-4, and January 10-11. Saturdays 11am to 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 410-482-2173. www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org
Denton Volunteer Fire Company, Caroline County 4H Park, 8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD. 12th Annual Toy and Train Show. December 13, 9am - 3pm. www.dentonvfc.com
Museum of Eastern Shore Life, at Kent Narrows Outlets Shopping Center, 28 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD (Take Exit 41 from Route 50/301 at the West end of the Kent Narrows Bridge). Queen Anne’s Railroad Society. Festival of Trains. All kinds of electric trains and antiques, from Z to G, and Santa will be there on Sundays 1pm - 3pm! Refreshments served. December 6-7 & 13-14, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5pm, 410-758-8640, historicqac.org and www.qarrs.org
Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 2nd annual Holiday Layout features over 150 Department 56 buildings and Lionel trains operating on hundreds of feet of track. What began in 2013 as a small layout has more than tripled in size after a positive reception from the community and numerous donations of buildings and trains to allow us to expand. November 28 through January 1. Open weekdays 6pm - 8pm and weekends 2pm - 8pm. 410-822-4848. www.eastonvfd.org
Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 312 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 22nd Annual Corddry Company Crossing Train Garden that is reminiscent of Snow Hill many years ago. Children and their families will love this recently renovated enchanted wonderland reduced to "O" gauge. December 5, 5pm - 8pm. December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 22, 27, 28, 1pm - 4pm. www.snowhillmd.com
Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Old Fashioned Christmas. Museum open, model train running, refreshments. December 6-7 & 13-14, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm. 410-438-3501, www.sudlersvillemuseum.org
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Calvert Hospice 26th Annual Festival of Trees, St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD. Beautifully decorated trees, family entertainment, model train displays, craft vendors, Santa’s Workshop, poinsettia display, and gingerbread house competition. November 28-30, Friday 7pm - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. 410-535-0892, 301-855-1226, www.calverthospice.org
Homestead Gardens 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Set amid lavish banks of the nursery’s Christmas flowers and decorations, this stunning train garden offers so much to see that benches are set up around the display. With 7 G-gauge trains running through a wonderland of lavish scenery. Animated skiers and cable cars traverse the slopes under natural light pouring through the translucent roof. Display runs November 1 through January 1, Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 8am - 6pm, and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Check for extended hours during the holiday season. Visit after dark and also enjoy their unique and spectacular outdoor light display, beginning November 15. 301-261-4550, 410-798-5000, www.homesteadgardens.com
St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 29th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. The St. Clement's Island Museum comes alive with antique dolls, collectible toys, and working miniature trains. December 1 - 19, Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 4 pm. December 20 - January 4 every day 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Eve and New Year's Day) 301-769-2222, www.co.saint-marys.md.us
Tan’s Motorcycle Shop, 9032 Chesapeake Beach Avenue, North Beach, MD. Since Christmas 2000, Tan’s Motorcycles has set up a huge Lionel model train display with village, tunnels, roads, pond, waterfall and more. It’s grown to a 20-by-20-foot display with 16 trains, two waterfalls, an airport complete with touch-and-go model plane, a disappearing train tunnel, pond, skating resort and more buildings in the model villages. November 28 through January 17. Monday through Friday 3pm - 8pm, Saturday Noon - 5pm. 410-257-6619, www.tanscyclesparts.com
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Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA. Come see the Prince William County Model Railroad Club's display, Saturday, November 15, 10:00am - 5pm, Sunday November 16 Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org
Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly, VA. Come see the Piedmont Modular Club HO layout, an O Scale Lionel winter layout, a large Lego Train display, and a large scale train that kids can run. Saturday, December 13, 10am - 3pm. 703-263-1188, www.chantillybible.org
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA. For the 25th year, trains travel through a snowy western landscape. Saturday & Sunday December 20-21 & 27-28, 11am - 4pm. 703-759-2771, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm
Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 25th Annual Model Train Display. Almost all scales are represented by our model train clubs: Lionel, HO, O, N, Standard, Z and Lego inside the museum and caboose, and the Garden scale outside encircling the museum. Santa will be there, and if the weather cooperates, we also will have numerous antique cars on display. Saturday December 6 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 7 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225, www.fairfax-station.org
Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. Ninth Annual Herndon Holiday Model Train Show. Operating model train displays will be provided by members of the Northern Virginia N-Trak (N gauge) and the Potomac Modular Crew (HO gauge). December 13 & 14, Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm. The Caboose and the historic W&OD Depot museum will be open the same hours and are also on Lynn Street. www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org
Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA. The Model Railroad Club presents a Christmas Display of Lionel Trains. Operating both HO layouts and a Lionel setup. Thursday, December 18, 10am - Noon. 703-765-4573, www.hollinhallseniorcenter.org
Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, 231 Dominion Road, Vienna, VA. The NVMR is a HO scale model railroad layout that is on permanent display at the Vienna station. The club models a small railroad, the Western North Carolina, set in the 1950's. Open Houses November 15 and December 13. 1pm - 5pm, and open December 1 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157, www.nvmr.org
Prince William County Model Railroad Club, Quantico Depot, 550 Railroad Street, Quantico, VA. The PWMRC has a HO layout at the historic Quantico Depot. Open Houses December 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am - 4pm. www.pwmrc.org
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Bevell’s Hardware, 109 North High Street, Blackstone, VA. Beginning over 30 years ago as a small train display on a 4’ X 8’ sheet of plywood with 2 trains and a very little scenery, has now grown into a 18’ X 56’ train display. Featuring more than 10 trains, with realistic mountains, bridges, animation, large circus and amusement park, lighted houses and beautiful snow village, burning house and town, accident scene, farm scene, replicas of local businesses both past and present and much, much more. November 28 through January 11 (closed Christmas and New Year's Day), Monday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Sunday, Noon - 3pm. 434-292-7208, bevellshardware.com/TrainDisplay.aspx
Dickens' Christmas Towne, Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Lower Level, 111 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. This holiday season, journey through a Magical World of Christmas characters, carolers, sweet treats, shops, games, activities & crafts, photos with Father Christmas, outdoor train rides (Saturday & Sunday evenings), regular musical performances, indoor Christmas train display, unique seasonal gifts, kids Scavenger Hunt, strolling carolers, and Victorian street scenes. November 21 - December 14, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm; Sundays, Noon – 6pm. December 17 through December 28: Weekdays and Saturdays, 10am – 8pm, Sundays, Noon – 6pm. Open December 24, from 10am - 2pm. Closed Christmas Day. www.norfolkwaterfrontvenues.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. "A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden" Holiday tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights - the region's ultimate holiday extravaganza! Visitors can also marvel at displays in the Garden’s Conservatory and decorations in the Visitors Center and the Education and Library Complex. November 28 through January 12 (closed Christmas Eve and Day), 5pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887, www.lewisginter.org
Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 17th Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 13 and 14, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-848-4633, www.rmrailroaders.com
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 37th Annual Model Railroad Show. Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family. November 28-30, Friday & Saturday 9:30am - 5pm, Sunday 11:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400, www.smv.org
Tidewater Big Train Operators Club, Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, VA. An indoor display with many large scale trains running. December 5-13, Monday-Friday, 6pm - 8:30pm, Saturday December 6 10am - 8:30pm, Saturday December 13 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1-8:30pm. www.tbto.org
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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 38th annual operation. 20 S Gauge trains run continuously on 2000 ft. of track on 3 levels of an 800 sq. ft. layout. Animation and automation abound. A night scene is illuminated by more than 800 miniature lights. Open Saturdays and Sundays, November 29 through December 21, then daily from December 26-31. 1pm - 4pm. 717-392-1568, www.bartspneumatics.com
Antique Auto Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA. "All Aboard!" Visitors can enjoy a variety of train displays located throughout the building. Our Roads to Rails display has multiple trains running in the town of Tuckerville along with many interactive elements and Thomas the Tank Engine, a family favorite! Other trains include a Hershey Trolley, Western theme train and Polar Express. November 15 through January 4, Daily 9am - 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 717-566-7100, www.aacamuseum.org
Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 7 and 21, 1pm - 5pm.
Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, 440 Nelson Street, Chambersburg, PA. Christmas Open House. We have over 3700 pieces of rolling stock. 1207 on the tracks and 2500 on display. There's 909 square feet of HO, 501 of O and 120 of N. There are 35 gauge miles of HO track, 8 O scale miles and 10 N gauge miles. G gauge is under construction, we have engines running a complete oval above your head when you walk in the door. December 14, 21, and 28, January 3, 10, and 18. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447, www.cvmrrc.com
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA. Toy Train Exhibit in the Centennial Barn. HO gauge trains displayed by the Keystone Model Railroad Society on a layout representing communities in Central Pennsylvania delight children of all ages. See passenger trains, freight trains and even Thomas the Tank Engine. While not specific to any locale, scenes are reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside that are familiar to local residents. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Each year new components are added; visit the display to find new attractions or see what you missed on the last visit! November 29 through December 21, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 717-599-5751, www.forthunter.org
Glen Rock Fire Department, Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA. Annual Christmas Train Display features 4 large layouts, HO, American Flyer, O, and G. With all of the trains we have over 1800 square feet of trains. There is lots of animation. See the real water and fish on the Garden layout. November 28 through January 4. Fridays 6pm - 8pm, Sundays 2pm - 6pm. Also Christmas Eve 9pm - Midnight. www.grfd.org
Harsco Science Center at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. A variety of beautifully decorated trees, surrounded by themed toy train sets and hands-on activities, will rekindle memories of holidays past and delight children of all ages. Open from November 22 through January 4. Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 5pm. 717-214-ARTS, www.whitakercenter.org/holiday
Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 67th anniversary. Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one half-million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift bards, and landscape. See the hand crafted outdoor train display with multiple tracks, station, and village. November 1 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5:30pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving to January 1, Weekdays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays, 5pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5pm - 9pm. Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day. 610-488-1110, www.koziarschristmasvillage.com
Lutheran Home at Topton, Brandywine Community Library, Old Main Building, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA. Public tours of the Christmas Putz, A traditional miniature display that covers 560 square feet, the Christmas Putz is a collection of antique miniature holiday displays. Mrs. Ida Henry, matron of The Lutheran Home at Topton during its years as an orphanage, originally assembled the Putz between the years of 1909 and 1945. As a gift to the children who resided at the home, every year she added a new scene. Among the 17 scenes within the Putz are the story of the Holy birth, a replica of Radio City Music Hall complete with an organ and an orchestra in the pit, a circus, Toonerville trolley, and a large church complete with tiny hymnals, baptismal fonts and a pipe organ. A number of trains are featured in the layout. The name comes from the German verb “putzen,” which means to brighten or display. Open 1pm - 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays November 29 through December 28.
Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "Snowbound Christmas Express" Trains, toys, and much, much more as we "deck the halls" for kids of all ages. This exhibit is displayed in the Freight Station Gallery. November 15 through January 17, Wednesday through Friday Noon - 3pm, Saturday from Noon - 5pm. 717-697-6088, www.mechanicsburgmuseum.org
Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 71st Annual Model Railroad Open House, come see 30 by 80 foot layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, operating coal dump and water front, cog railway, diesel shop and transfer table, coal mine, steel mill, new roundhouse and turntable, and much more. November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, January 3, 4, 10, 11, 1pm - 5pm. 717-599-5751, mrrcy.com
National Christmas Center, 3427 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Paradise, PA. Toyland train mountain! Three tiers high and 30 feet in diameter, our mountain of electric trains is a world in miniature - tiny figures, animals, buildings and landscaping make it a place of magic. May 1 through January 4 - Open daily, 7 days a week, 10am - 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day; closing 3pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Extended hours November 28 - December 23, Sunday through Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 7pm. 717-442-7950, www.nationalchristmascenter.com
Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. 12th Annual Holiday Open House in the historic Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad’s Red Lion Train Station with O, S, and HO-Gauge layouts. December 7, 14, 21, 28, 1pm - 5pm; December 29, 30 7pm - 9pm, December 31 7pm - 11:30pm. www.redlionpa.org
Roadside America, Exit 23, Interstate 78, Shartlesville, PA. A panorama of life in rural United States (which includes trains, of course!). The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time and lets you see, in exquisite miniature, how people lived and worked in pioneer days - through the years since then - right up to the present. Winter hours Monday through Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Closed Christmas Day. 610-488-6241, www.roadsideamericainc.com
Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, 3291 Waynecastle Road, Greencastle, PA. Winter Festival Open Houses feature layouts in HO, O (3-rail), Scale O (2-Rail), and N gauges in a historic grain mill at Route 16 RR overpass between Greencastle and Waynesboro. November 29, December 7, 14, 21, 27, January 3-4, 11, 18, 24-25, 1pm - 5pm. www.waynesboromrrc.com
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