Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2017

Since immigrating to the Baltimore area to be close to his train-crazy grandsons, the Assistant Webmaster has become enamored with the Baltimore tradition of Christmas Train Gardens. In collaboration with Chris Hancock of "Trainsrcool", he has compiled this list of train gardens. The list is meant to be inclusive, in addition to the traditional Baltimore firehouse holiday train gardens, any train display, open house, etc., whether holiday themed or not, is included, with a rather broad geographic coverage as well.

Here are links to some articles on the history of train gardens:

Tracking Down a Seasonal Baltimore Phenomenon (Baltimore City Paper 2000)

Holiday Train Garden Traditions (Fire Museum of Maryland)

And you might enjoy, as I did, Paul Race's musings on "What Do Trains Have To Do With Christmas?"

We strive to maintain a comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date list of train gardens, displays, and open houses in the greater Baltimore-Washington DC area. Please help us by sending any corrections, additions, deletions, broken links, etc. to
(Last updated: 27 December 2017)


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Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. For its 17th year, the Arbutus Auto Body Train Garden has returned and moved to the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. I'm keeping a separate entry on the list both to acknowledge the long-time support the Auto Body Shop gave this Train Garden and to help folks find this train display.

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 24th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Garden. This year’s new design features Charles Richter's Train Garden that was previously displayed at Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks. Two train gardens at one stop, you can't beat that! November 19 through January 2, 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,

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, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event! Be sure to check out their website for all the details! December 1 through 31, Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Day and New Year's Day. 410-752-2490,

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 61st 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 25 through January 7. 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: December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 410-837-2763 (Friday evenings),

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. "Santa's Streetcar", Ride an authentic streetcar with Santa Claus, see the 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 9, 10, 16, and 17, Noon - 5pm. 410-547-0264,

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 13 years ago. December 2 10am - 5pm. 410-744-3034 is the Open House. The train garden will also be open November 25, December 16, 23, and 30 from Noon - 4pm.

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 20th time this year, The Christkindlmarkt features - Imported German Products, including: Stollen, Advent Calendars, Lebkuchen, Domino Steine, Printen, Spekulatius, Pfeffernüsse, Lübecker Marzipan, Collector Gift Boxes from Nurnberg, and more; German and American Arts and Crafts Venders Products include: Pyramids, Smokers, Nutcrackers, Jewelry, Ornaments, Figurines, Schwibbogen/Candle Arches ... A Train Garden ... Join us for a bit of glühwein, a wurst, gulaschsuppe, imported bier, and gemütlichkeit! Guided tours of Zion Church are available. Saturday November 25 10am - 4pm, Sunday November 26, 11am - 4pm. 410-727-3939,

Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 71st 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 25 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm.

Clayville Railroads, 8269 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Pasadena, MD. Clayville Railroads, established in 1999, is an outdoor G scale train garden with approximately 400 ft. of track that run through multiple different town areas throughout the 1500 sq. ft. display. It is set in all-natural landscape and hardscape including a fishpond with a waterfall. We have a total of 6 tracks running with two tunnels and a bridge going over the pond and one of the tunnels goes under the waterfall. November 30 to December 3 and December 7-10, 4pm - 9pm. Many, many special events and activities, be sure to check out the website and Facebook page. and

Don Myers, 3064 Deepwater Way, Edgewood, MD. Outdoor train display and huge roller coasters, sponsored by K'NEX. Attempting to build and run the tallest K'NEX roller coaster. Be sure to keep an eye out for Daffy Duck! November 26 through January 1, 6pm - 9pm weekdays, 3pm - 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed Christmas Day. Santa will visit on December 23rd providing the weather is good.

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. The 17th annual train garden has 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 circus and an expanded zoo. Open December 2 through the January 7. Monday-Thursday, 4pm - 8pm, Friday-Sunday Noon - 8pm. Closing at 5pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Call 410-284-2331 for more information.

Ellicott City Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Holiday Model Train Gardens featuring the Washington, D. C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club 360 Degree Layout and more! Special LEGO events by Classic Plastic Bricks! Opening November 24 and running through January 28. The Railroad Station Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 7pm, and Sundays from Noon - 5pm. 410-313-1945,

Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Visit us soon to see our 5th Annual Christmas Train Garden. It's fun for the whole family! Featuring trains, carnival rides, skiers, moving & lighted displays, Rudolph’s Village, and more. Opening on November 18 9am - 2pm for the Christmas Bazaar, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Santa's Elf, and Mr. Grinch will be there for pictures. November 19 through January 6. Saturdays Noon - 5pm and Sundays 10am - 3pm. Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5pm. 410-485-7654,

Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, MD. See 42 antique fire engines and a 1950s “O” Scale Train Garden. The 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 26 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), December 2, 9, 16, 27-30, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500,

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 19 through January 14. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840.

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD. Trains and planes and eastern Baltimore county memorable places are featured in this 4th annual Aviation Christmas Train Garden. Expanding into a new exhibit gallery, this holiday display, included with Museum admission, opens with special guest Santa on November 24 at 11:30am. November 24 through January 13. Museum operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11am -3pm. 410-682-6122.

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 2-3, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087,

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. A new Highlandtown tradition enters its 9th year with new layout features! November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16 through January 1, except Christmas Day, 11am - 5pm.

Howard County Fire and Rescue Train Garden and Open House, Hosted by Ellicott City Fire Company #2, 4150 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD. 20th 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 2 through January 1. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am - 8:30pm, Wednesday through Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm. Closed Christmas Day Call 410-313-2036 for additional information and additional hours.

John & June Sturgeon, 836 Turf Valley Drive, Pasadena, MD. I understand that this will be the last year for this display so I highly recommend that you make an effort to visit. 23rd 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 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15-23, 26, 27, 6pm - 8:30pm. 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 28 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 24-26, Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Make Studio, 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD. Something a bit different for this year but still just a stone's throw away from the 34th Street lights -- drop in to our Showroom Gallery to enjoy a holiday train garden! Make Studio and the Boy Scouts of Troop 161 have teamed up to bring you a unique train garden to amuse all ages, with Harry Potter and Disney themed trains. In addition to the train garden, there will be original art and gifts for sale, and hot chocolate and sweet treats available. November 25, December 3, 10, 17, and 23. 6pm - 9pm.

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 21 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 18 and running through December 31. Monday to Saturday, 10am - 9pm, Sundays 11am - 6pm. 410-766-2033,

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 25 through January 1, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm - 6pm.

Pinehurst Wine Shoppe, 6242 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore, MD. The Burke Express, named in honor of 11-year-old store regular Burke Manual, consists of a detailed tabletop display and a suspended layout overhead with over 260 feet of double track. Open during store hours, Monday through Saturday 9am - 7pm. The Charlesmead Pharmacy next store has an old fashioned soda fountain serving lunch, milkshakes, and snowballs!

Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 4th Annual train garden with new designs every year. Eleven trains on display with skiers, moving, and lighted display. December 26 through 29, 10am - 3pm.

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 2 & 3, Noon - 5pm.

The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. A spectacular holiday tradition – The 29th annual Christmas Train Garden featuring ninety-eight feet of action packed model trains, animations and lots of your favorite characters!! The display contains nine different trains running simultaneously including a commuter train, a freight train, passenger, trolley, military and three different Thomas the Tank Engine trains. The display also features lots of animations, displays and figures including a series of blinking signal lights. Every year the Train Group who designs, produces and constructs the Garden add new and exciting features for all to enjoy. The 2017 Train Garden will feature a tribute to our troops, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, city scene with lots of new buildings, fireman’s carnival, and rural scenes. November 18 through January 5, Monday through Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sundays 11am - 7pm. 410-321-1909,

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 8th 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. 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 24 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 2, 4pm - 8pm, in conjunction with the Sykesville tree lighting ceremony, which runs from 6pm - 9pm that evening. Santa will be in the caboose from about 6pm - 8pm. Train displays also open December 3, 9, 10, 11, & 16. January 6 & 7, Noon - 4pm. Open houses are normally held the 1st Sunday of each month from Noon - 4pm. 443-280-9878,

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. Sunday December 10, 9am - 3pm.

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 37th Holiday Train Display. This year's layout which is over 1000 sq. ft. in size, 5 levels, 13 trains & 2 trolleys on their own loops, 12 trains are O Gauge and one train that is a Lionel Standard gauge train in a scene looking back 100 years to show what it may have looked like back then. One train you can't see because it is under water and about 250 different animated items bring the display to life which includes our famous operating highways. A 10' bridge that links the city to the North Pole for the scale O Gauge Polar Express which is new this year. An 8' x 8' water area at the end of our 20' real waterfall that is 5 levels high. And in the water you may see a sail boat, a shark attacking a jet ski, a power boat pulling a skier or something else moving on the water and it will be running thru the bridge's piers. Watch animated Orioles & Ravens games, see our giant amusement park which includes our famous roller coaster. Also see our totally new professional lighting system which will let you see the display from morning through evening back into morning. Come out and help us break our attendance of 29,000 visitors last year and we can tell you that you will not be disappointed. November 25 through January 7. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends Noon - 9pm, closed Christmas Day. 410-288-0710,

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Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society returns for its thirteenth 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, the Chautauqua Tower of Glen Echo Park, and many other Montgomery County landmarks. Colorful plantings light up both greenhouses, plantings providing 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 24 through January 1, 10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Eve and Day). Also open for Garden of Lights ticket holders, November 24 through January 1 (closed December 24 & 25), Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10:00pm. 301-962-1400, and

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 16 through Saturday, December 23, 10am - 5pm. 30l-864-6029; TTY 30l-864-4765,

Gaithersburg Model Train Show, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD. 12th 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 5, 9am - 4pm.

National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. Holly TrolleyFest. Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 through 23, Noon - 5 pm. 301-384-6088,

The National Christmas Tree, The Ellipse, Washington, DC. What's a Christmas tree without a train running around it? For the 24th consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). November 30 through January 1, 10 - 10 daily. 202-208-1631, and

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 27th 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 11, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 12, Noon - 4pm.

Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington DC. One of the station’s most popular holiday traditions since 1997, the Union Station Christmas tree is a gift from Norway to the people of Washington, D.C. The treasured Union Station holiday train, with its setting evocative of coastal Maine, returns to Main Hall and will relocate to the center of Main Hall. November 24 through January 1. Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm. Sunday 10am - 6pm. Closed Christmas and New Year's. 202-289-1908,

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Join us as we celebrate the season with festive decorations and iconic holiday plants. See hundreds of poinsettia blooms, a holiday train show where model trains chug around models made from plant parts, a holiday concert series, and more. Display opens November 23 and runs through January 1, 10am - 5pm daily. Extended evening hours until 8pm with seasonal music on December 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29. 202-225-8333,

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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 25 through December 17, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 4pm.

Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 20th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 17 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 5, 12, 19, 26, Thursdays December 21, 28, 6:30pm - 9pm. Saturdays December 9, 16, 23, 30, 11am - 4pm. Sunday December 3, 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 24 through December 31. Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 8pm. 410-399-COWS,

Hickory Hill Farm, 3123 Copenhaver Road, Street, MD. We introduced our train garden in 2013. One of our customers is an avid train enthusiast. He had been looking for a place to share his work. We made some space and Hickory Hill Train Garden was born. Hickory Hill Train Garden has been a labor of love and a dream come true. November 17 through December 17. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9am - 5pm. 410-838-2820,

Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. This year's Jacksonville Train Garden features Fells Point, Inner Harbor Maritime Weekend, Little Italy, Monster Trucks at Royal Farms Arena, Mount Royal Station, Edgar Allan Poe House, American Visionary Art Museum, Mount B'More, Ocean City Cruisin' Cars, Polar Bear Plunge, Wisp Ski Resort, and "Secret" Western Maryland Location. December 10 through 29. December 10, 16-17, 23, 11am - 5pm, December 11-15, 18-22, 26-29, 11am - 3pm. 410-887-8208,

Jarrettsville Nurseries, 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, a train garden! November 24 through December 22. Weekdays 10am - 5pm. Weekends 9am - 5pm. 410-452-8677,

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 36th Annual Train Garden open from November 24 through January 14. Open Fridays 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 9pm, 9am - 9pm Saturday December 9 for the Craft Fair. Also December 26-29, January 1, 6:30pm - 9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890,

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, 3209 Main Street, Manchester, MD. 4th Annual Holiday Train Garden, Grand Opening Friday November 24, 6pm - 9pm. November 25 through January 6, Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 5pm, Thursdays 6pm - 8pm. 410-239-2286,

Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, Bel Air Town Center, 500 Block of Baltimore Pike (US Business 1, former Scrapmasters Store next to Liberatore's Restaurant), Bel Air, MD. 25th Annual Christmas Train Show. 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. Opening Day November 24 1pm - 9pm. Then November 25 - January 1, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays 1pm - 9pm, Sundays 1pm - 5pm, also December 26-27 1pm - 9pm.

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.

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD. 35th 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. November 24, Saturday and Sunday November 25 through December 30 from Noon - 4pm, except December 23-24 will be Noon - 6pm. December 26-29, 4pm - 8pm. Also November 11 9am - 3pm for "Christmas in the Valley". 410-848-1977,

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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. January 7, 14, 21, 28, Sundays 1pm - 5pm. 301-800-9829.

The Barn at Springfield Farm, 16 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. The 9th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas Celebration Walk through the beautiful Christmas wonderland inside this historic Barn filled with a hundred+ decorated trees, visit with Santa Claus, Buster the 8' tall Bear, admire the electric trains, and take a horse drawn wagon ride through the park (small fee). December 2, 3, 8, 9 3pm - 8pm and December 5 & 7 11am - 5pm.

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 rail yard 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,

Brunswick Train, Toy, and Collectible Show and Sale, Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick, MD. 4th Annual Show. Operating model train layouts. December 16, 9am - 3pm. 732-600-9059

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. Annual Winter Open Houses, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4.

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 24 through December 21. Cooksville field, weekends 9am - 4:30 pm. Woodbine field, weekdays 11am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 6pm. 410-442-2388,

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. The 28th anniversary "Trains of Christmas" Show. Come and enjoy our Christmas at the Roundhouse Celebration, featuring the "Trains of Christmas" including the Polar Express! This 3 rail "O" scale layout features your favorite steam & diesel trains operating on 4 levels of winter wonderland. You get to enjoy the Trains of Christmas in addition to the year-round displays at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. November 17 - February 18, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Also open weekdays, December 26 through 29. 301-739-4665,

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 25th 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 24 through January 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 11 - 7pm. Closed December 9.

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 2, 3, 9, 10, Noon - 3pm.

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 25, 1pm - 5pm. Wednesdays November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 26 and December 3, 10, 17, 1pm - 5pm.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 13th Annual Holiday Train Garden. Every Saturday and Sunday in December Noon - 5pm, except Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Noon - 3pm. 301-829-0100 Option 2,

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, Friday, and Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon - 5pm. 301-624-5524,

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. Monday and Friday 9am - 6pm, Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. 301-745-6681,

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. Wednesdays 9am - 3pm (closed for lunch 11:30 - 12:30), Sundays 1-4pm. 410-775-0150.

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 24, 25, 26, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 26, 30, January 6, 10am - 5 pm. December 3, 10, 17, 27-29, 11am - 5pm. December 1, 8, 15, 20, 21, January 1-5, 5pm - 8pm. December 22, Noon - 5pm. December 31, Noon - 4pm.

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 19, 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 24 through December 17, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 9am - 5pm.

Cambridge Rescue Fire Company, 311 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 81st 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,

Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. 32th Annual Holiday Open House. 4 Weekends of great fun for the whole family! Come see over 8,000 sq. ft. of operating train layouts, including N scale, N Scale modules, HO, O Tinplate, O Scale, Standard, and LGB (G Scale). November 25-26, December 2-3, January 6-7, and January 13-14. Saturdays 11am to 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 302-856-9250 or 410-723-1709.

Eagle Line Railroad, 12169 Ober Lane, Ridgely, MD. We have one of the largest Model Railroad Displays on the Shore! Every year we open our display during the holiday season for all to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to bring your family and friends and enjoy this creative attraction that we love to share with all! December 5 through January 7, Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 9pm. December 10, 17, 31, January 7, Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Santa will be our guest December 21.

Lands End Fellowship / His Praise Place, 102 Worcester Street, Ocean City, MD. Our train garden features three trains and a trolley on three different levels. The top level has 2 to 4 % grades unsupported by trusses. Open December 15 through January 28. Tuesdays Noon - 6pm, Sundays Noon to 3pm.

Main Street Deli, 10 South Main Street, Berlin, MD. Our 6th Annual Train Garden features five O gauge trains on three levels, along with several animated pieces. November 24 through January 1. Check their website for deli hours or call 410-641-1531.

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 4th 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 24 through December 25. Open weekdays 6pm - 8pm and weekends 2pm - 8pm. 410-822-4848.

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. Refreshments served. December 2-3 & 9-10, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5pm, 410-758-8640,

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 312 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 25th Annual Corddry Company Crossing Train Garden that is reminiscent of Snow Hill many years ago. Children and their families will love this enchanted wonderland reduced to "O" gauge. December 4 through January 7, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. Also December 1, 5pm - 8pm. 410-632-3971 for group info.

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Old Fashioned Christmas. Museum open, model train running, refreshments. December 2-3 & 9-10, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm. 410-438-3501,

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Greenstreet Gardens, 3391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. Holiday Train Garden. November 17 to December 24, weekdays, 9am -6pm., weekends 8am - 6pm. 301-769-2222,

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 3 through December 30, 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 18. 301-261-4550, 410-798-5000,

St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 32nd Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. The St. Clement's Island Museum comes alive with antique dolls, collectible toys, and working miniature trains. December 1 - 22, Thursday through Monday, Noon to 4 pm. December 23 - January 1 every day 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Day) 301-769-2222,

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 24 through January 6. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3pm - 8pm, Saturday Noon - 5pm. 410-257-6619.

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Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA. Come see the Prince William County Model Railroad Club's display, December 9, 11am - 4pm, Sunday December 10, Noon - 4pm.

Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA. Trains will chug as The Prince William County Model Railroad Club displays a variety of model trains, Saturday, Saturday, November 11, 11am - 5pm, Sunday November 12, Noon - 4pm.

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 28th Annual Holiday Train Show. 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 2 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 3 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225,

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 16-17, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087,

Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. 12th 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 9 & 10, 10am - 4pm. The Caboose and the historic W&OD Depot museum will be open the same hours and are also on Lynn Street.

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 21, 10am - 11am. 703-765-4573,

National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA. The Prince William County Model Railroad Club displays a variety of model trains on their modular layout, December 17-18, 9am - 5pm. 877-635-1775,

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 18 and December 16. 1pm - 5pm, and open November 27 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157,

Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA. Come see the Northern Virginia NTRAK Railroad Club's display, December 16, 10am - 4pm, Sunday December 17, Noon - 4pm.

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 2, 9, 16, January 6, 10am - 4pm.

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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 an 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 24 through January 14 (closed Christmas and New Year's Day), Monday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Sunday, Noon - 3pm. 434-292-7208,

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 19, 26, December 3, 10,17, Noon - 6pm. November 18, 24, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 21-24, 10am - 8pm. December 1, 8, 15, 18-20, 4pm - 8pm. December 26-30, 10am - 6pm. December 31, Noon - 5pm.

Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. The River City 3 Railers present their Holiday Display. December 1 through January 20. The trains start running on Fridays at 4PM till closing and run all day Saturday and Sunday while the Great Big Greenhouse is open for business. January 20 is “Kids Day in the Garden”. December 16th and 17th is Classic Trains Weekend, The Public is invited to bring their 3 rail trains to run on the layout.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. The 2017-2018 theme is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. Everybody loves a good story. Now imagine myriad stories, plus legends and rhymes, embellished with amazing creativity through a half-million holiday lights! During this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents Stories in Lights, from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics. Indoor and outdoor displays, family activities and holiday events spotlight tales that span cultures and time … explore natural phenomena … teach life lessons … celebrate the seasons … and ultimately, connect people through plants. 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! November 24 through January 8 (closed Christmas Eve and Day), 5pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887,

Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 20th Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 9 and 10, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-891-8963,

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 40th Annual Model Railroad Show. Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Prance with Clydesdales, see healthy holiday cooking demonstrations and take a ride on the Teddy Bear Train! Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family. November 24-26, Friday & Saturday 9:30am - 5pm, Sunday 11:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400,

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 1, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 2, 10am - 8:30pm, December 3, 1pm - 8:30pm, December 4-8, 5:30pm - 8pm, December 9, 10am -4pm. Also special afternoon showing for seniors and mobility impaired, December 6, 2pm - 4pm

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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 41st 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 25 through December 24, then daily from December 26-31. 1pm - 4pm. 717-392-1568,

Antique Auto Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA. Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more! November 17 through December 31, daily 9am - 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 717-566-7100,

Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 3 and 17, 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 HO scale miles of track, 8 O scale miles, and 10 N scale miles. G gauge is under construction, we have engines running a complete oval above your head when you walk in the door. December 10, 17, 23, and 30, January 7, and 14. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447,

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA. Toy Train Exhibit in the Centennial Barn. For many years, children of all ages have delighted in seeing passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. The Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society brings a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides. Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. November 25 through December 23, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 717-599-5751,

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 24 through January 7. Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Sundays (except Christmas Eve) 2pm - 6pm. Christmas Eve 9pm - Midnight.

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 November 16 through January 1. Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 5pm. 717-214-ARTS,

Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 70th 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 4 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,

Lutheran Home at Topton, Brandywine Community Library, Old Main Building, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA. Public tours of the historic Christmas Putz. The miniature display had been taken apart to prevent damage to it from the current $8.2 million renovation project on Old Main but has been reassembled by resident volunteers. 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, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30.

Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "Ride On In - The Winter Wonderland Express" Visit our popular Lionel scale railroad layout. Push buttons to make things happen. See our trees and toys. Meet Wallace, our new snowman. Play "Find Wallace". See vintage toys, dolls, and much more! This exhibit is displayed in the Freight Station Gallery. November 18 through January 13, Wednesday through Friday Noon - 3pm, Saturday from Noon - 5pm. 717-697-6088,

Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 74th 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 25, 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 31, January 6, 7, 13, 14, 1pm - 5pm. 717-434-4277,

National Christmas Center, 3427 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Paradise, PA. Please note that the National Christmas Center will be permanently closed after January 7, 2018, so NOW would be a good time to go and see it! 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 1 - 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 24 - December 24, Sunday through Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 7pm. December 26-30 and January 2, 10am - 6pm717-442-7950,

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders 15th Annual Holiday Open House, with 3-rail O Gauge, N Gauge, and other model railroad layouts located in the historic Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad’s Red Lion Train Station Museum. Also check out the Red Lion Area Historical Society’s recently restored (exterior) Ma & Pa RR 2015 caboose and the many local Red Lion artifacts in the station museum. November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 27, 1pm - 5pm; December 28-30 7pm - 9pm, December 31 7pm - 11:30pm.

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, Thursday, Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Closed Christmas Day. 610-488-6241,

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 25, December 17, 30, January 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 1pm - 5pm.

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