Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2015

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. Chris' printed list is available at some of the Baltimore area train displays and on his website. 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, etc. to
(Last updated: 28 November 2015)


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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 2016!

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 22nd Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Garden, new designs every year. This year features a number of children's books with scenes related to those stories. November 22 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,

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! November 21 & 22, December 1 - January 3, 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 59th 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 27 through January 2. 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 8, December 13, 20, 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 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 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 12, 13, 19, and 20, 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 11 years ago. December 5 10am - 5pm. 410-744-3034,

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 18th 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 28 10am - 4pm, Sunday November 29, 11am - 4pm. 410-727-3939,

Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 69th 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 28 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm.

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 29 through December 31, 6pm - 9pm weekdays, 2pm - 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed Christmas Day.

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. The 15th 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 carnival and an expanded zoo. Open December 4 through the January 3. 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 18. Call 410-284-2331 for more information.

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. New this year is a 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. Opening November 27 and running through January 24. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am – 4pm, closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 410-461-1945,

Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Visit us soon to see our 3rd 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 21 9am - 2pm for the Christmas Bazaar, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Santa's Elf, and Mr. Grinch will be there for pictures. November 22 through January 3. Saturdays Noon - 5pm, 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 28 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), December 5, 12, 19, 26-29, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500,

Flagship Trains, 7927 Stone Hearth Road, Severn, MD. After two years of building we invite you to come see our new Beaverton - train station, downtown shops (you can see inside the shops to see the cupcakes, donuts, flowers and lots of other details), hotel, Santa's Toyland Castle, Courthouse (copper roof and dome), Mansion Row - 4 large Victorian mansions decorated for Christmas, Cathedral (3 feet tall with 24 stained glass windows and bells that sound from 4 bell towers every 15 minutes), 300 little people, Christmas parade, Victorian Era - set in 1919. We have gone to great lengths to ensure it is a must see for traditional Christmas train fans and something everyone will hold as a fond Christmas memory. November 14 through January 3. Weekends 10am - 10pm. On weekdays from 5pm - 9pm. They will run as weather permits. We will have an hourly update on our websites to indicate that the trains are running so check before you come.

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 21 through January 10. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm.

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. December 2 through January 17. Museum operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11am -3pm. Closed Christmas and New Year. 410-682-6122.

Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department, 4812 Butler Road, Glyndon, MD. Eighth 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 5pm November 27 through January 10. Monday through Fridays 5:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays Noon - 9pm. Closed Christmas day. 410-833-1262 ext. 5,

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 5-6, 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 seventh year with new layout features! November 28-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-24, 26-31, January 1-3, 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. 19th 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 5 through January 3. 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.

John & June Sturgeon, 836 Turf Valley Drive, Pasadena, MD. 20th 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 27, 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 14-23, 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 26 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 27-29, Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 20 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 21 and running through December 31. 410-766-2033,

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 28 through January 3, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm - 6pm.

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 5 & 6, Noon - 5pm.

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 21 through January 8, has been a legendary tradition at The Shops at Kenilworth for 26 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,

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 December 1 through January 10.

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 5, 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 6, 12, 13, & 20. January 2 & 3, 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. Operating layout display by the Baltimore Area American Flyer Club. Sunday December 13, 9am - 3pm.

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 35th 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. A 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 28 through January 3. 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 eleventh 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 3, 10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Also open for Garden of Lights ticket holders, November 27 through January 3 (closed December 24 & 25), Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:30pm, 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 12 through Saturday, December 19, 10am - 5pm. 30l-864-6029; TTY 30l-864-4765,

Gaithersburg Model Train Show, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg,, MD. 10th 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 1, 9am - 4pm.

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 5 through 27, 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 22nd consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). December 3 through January 1, 10 - 10 daily. 202-208-1631, and

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! Trains, trains and more trains journey through a land of LEGOs, an alphabet countryside, and a magical animal party in the Zoo's Visitors Center. 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 carousel will be running! ZooLights will run November 27 through January 2, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, from 5pm - 9pm.

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 25th 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 14, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 15, Noon - 4pm.

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, LAST YEAR'S INFO

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. " Season's Greenings" Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Despite the cold winter outside, the Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and a showcase of poinsettias. It wouldn’t be the winter holiday season without the train display in the East Gallery, where trains chug along tracks around and above you through imaginative structures created with plant materials. Explore Pollination Station where you can visit oversized flowers, bees and butterflies in this year’s scenic wonderland. See DC landmarks such as the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument, all made from plants, on display in the Garden Court. Come in from the cold and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of Season’s Greenings. Display opens November 26 and runs through January 3, 10am - 5pm daily. 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 28 through December 20, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 4pm.

Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 17th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 17 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 8, 15, 22, 29, Thursday December 3, 6:30pm - 9pm. Saturdays December 12, 19, 26, 11am - 4pm. Sunday December 6, 27 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 27 through December 30. Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 8pm. 410-399-COWS,

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 2016!

Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. This year's Jacksonville Train Garden features Jacksonville at Holiday Time, Maryland State Fair, Baltimore Inner Harbor, 34th Street, United States Naval Academy, and Army/Navy Lacrosse. Plus a free chance for “Mini Me” raffle (scale model of your house). December 14 through January 2. December 18, 28, 11am - 7pm, December 14-17, 21-24, 29-31, 11am - 3pm, December 19-20, December 26-27, January 2, Noon - 5pm. 410-887-8208,

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. Early Bird opening on November 21st and 22nd at St. Clair Bridge Rd site only from 9am - 5pm. November 27 through December 20. Weekdays 10am - 5pm. Weekends 9am - 5pm. 410-452-8677,

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 34th Annual Train Garden open from November 27 through January 10. Open Fridays 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 9pm, 9am - 9pm Saturday December 12 for the Craft Fair. Also January 1 1pm - 9pm, and December 21-23, 28-31 6:30pm - 9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890,

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, 3209 Main Street, Manchester, MD. 1st Annual Holiday Train Garden, Grand Opening Friday November 28, 6pm - 9pm. November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 11am - 5pm. 410-239-2286, LAST YEAR'S INFO

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 27 - January 3, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays Noon - 9pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm, also November 27 Noon - 9pm, December 26-27 Noon - 9pm, December 28-30 5pm - 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. 33rd 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 28 through January 3 from Noon - 4pm, except December 26 and 27 will be Noon - 6pm. Christmas Eve 3pm - 7pm. December 28-30, 4pm - 8pm. 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 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sundays 1pm - 5pm. 301-800-9829.

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 5, 6, 12, 13 3pm - 8pm and December 8 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,

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 6; Annual Winter Open Houses, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7.

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 28 through December 19. 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 26th 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. You'll also see our new construction that upgraded our "O" scale layout, plus additions to our Miniature Western Maryland Roundhouse on the "HO" layout. Railroad artifacts, photos, trains for kids to run, and a gift shop too. November 6 - February 14, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 301-739-4665,

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town, 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 24th 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 27 through January 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 11 - 7pm. Closed December 12.

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 5, 6, 12, 13, Noon - 4pm.

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 28 and December 19, 1pm - 5pm. Wednesdays December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 29 and December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3 1pm - 5pm.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 11th Annual Holiday Train Garden December 5 through January 3. Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 301-829-0100 ext. 361,

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 and Friday 10am - 5pm, 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. Mondays and Fridays 9am - 6pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 9am - 5pm, and Saturdays 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. 301-745-6681,

Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown, MD. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will feature their Holiday train display near the Sears entrance. This intricate, festive train display is guaranteed to delight all ages! November 14 through January 1. 301-582-0700.

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 27, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 23, 24, 26, 28-January 2, 10am - 5 pm. November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, Noon - 5pm. December 4, 11, 18, 21, 22, 5pm - 8pm.

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 22, 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 27 through December 20, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 9am - 5pm.

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 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,

Caroline County Public Library, North County Branch, Greensboro Community Center, 101 Cedar Lane, Greensboro, MD. 16th Annual Toy and Train Exhibit. Experience the wonder of toy trains. Free exhibit of operating O, S, HO, N and Standard Gauge trains. December 5-6, 10am - 3pm.

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 28-29, December 5-6, January 2-3, and January 9-10. Saturdays 11am to 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 410-482-2173.

Denton Volunteer Fire Company, 400 South 5th Avenue, Denton, MD. 13th Annual Toy and Train Show. December 12, 9am - 3pm.

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 3rd 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 27 through January 1. 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, and Santa will be there on Sundays 1pm - 3pm! Refreshments served. December 5-6 & 12-13, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5pm, 410-758-8640, and

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 312 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 23rd 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 4, 5pm - 8pm. December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 1pm - 4pm.

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Old Fashioned Christmas. Museum open, model train running, refreshments. December 5-6 & 12-13, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm. 410-438-3501,

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Calvert Hospice 27th 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 27-28, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 8pm. 410-535-0892, 301-855-1226,

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 6 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 14. 301-261-4550, 410-798-5000,

St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 30th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. The St. Clement's Island Museum comes alive with antique dolls, collectible toys, and working miniature trains. December 1 - 18, Thursday through Monday, Noon to 4 pm. December 19 - January 3 every day 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Eve and New Year's 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 27 through January 16. Monday through Friday 3pm - 8pm, Saturday Noon - 5pm, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 10:30am - 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, Saturday, December 12, 10:00am - 5pm, Sunday December 13, Noon - 4pm.

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 5, 10am - 3pm. 703-263-1188,

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, November 7, 11am - 4pm, Sunday November 8 Noon - 4pm.

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 26th 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 5 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 6 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225,

Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. Tenth 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 12 & 13, 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.

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 17, 10am - Noon. 703-765-4573,

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 14 and December 12. 1pm - 5pm, and open November 30 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157,

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 November 7, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 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 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 27 through January 10 (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 21 - December 13, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm; Sundays, Noon – 6pm. December 16 through December 27: Weekdays and Saturdays, 10am – 8pm, Sundays, Noon – 6pm. Open December 24, from 10am - 2pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Great Big GreenHouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. The River City 3 Railers present their Holiday Display. "Ladies Night Out" November 20, 5pm - 8pm. December 4 through January 16. December 4, 11, 18, 4pm - 8pm. December 5, 12, 19, 26, 9am - 8pm. December 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am - 7pm, January 8, 15, 4pm - 6pm. January 2, 9, 16, 9am - 6pm. January 3, 10, 9am - 6pm.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. This year’s “H2Whoa” theme showcases water in all its forms. Experience a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. 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 27 through January 11 (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. 18th Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 12 and 13, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-891-8963,

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 38th 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 27-29, 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 4, 6pm - 8:30pm, December 5, 10am - 8:30pm, December 6, 1pm - 8:30pm, December 7-11, 6pm - 8:30pm, December 12, 10am -4pm

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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 39th 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 28 through December 20, 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 21 through January 3, 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 6 and 20, 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 13, 20, and 27, January 2, 9, and 17. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447,

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 28 through December 20, 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 27 through January 3. Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Sundays 2pm - 6pm. Closed Christmas Day.

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 7 through January 3. 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 68th 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 7 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5:30pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving to January 2, 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, 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 28 through December 27.

Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "Rudolf Rides the Rails" Visit our Lionel train layout with push-button operated buildings! See our new Rudolf Village layout! See vintage toys, dolls, and much more! This exhibit is displayed in the Freight Station Gallery. November 14 through January 16, Wednesday through Friday Noon - 3pm, Saturday from Noon - 5pm. 717-697-6088,

Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 72nd 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 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, January 2, 3, 9, 10, 1pm - 5pm. 717-599-5751,

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 3 - 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 27 - December 23, Sunday through Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 7pm. 717-442-7950,

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. 13th Annual Holiday Open House in the historic Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad’s Red Lion Train Station with O, S, and HO-Gauge layouts. December 6, 13, 20, 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 through 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 28, December 6, 13, 26, January 2-3, 16, 17, 1pm - 5pm. January 5, 12 6pm - 8:30pm.

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