Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2019

Grandpa has retired and left the Baltimore area to wander the country in a motor home with Grandma. His grandsons are no longer train-crazy but he is still 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 traingarden@wvmgrs.org
(Last updated: 7 December 2019)


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Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks. In 2017, the Arbutus Auto Body Train Garden moved to the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. I'm keeping a separate entry on the list both to acknowledge the long-time support Arbutus Auto Body Shop gave this Train Garden and to help folks find this train display. www.facebook.com

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 26th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Garden. New design every year. The firehouse also hosts Charles Richter's 23rd annual Train Garden that was previously displayed at Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks. Two train gardens at one stop, you can't beat that! November 24 through January 1, Weeknights 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Weekends 11am - 8:30pm, Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, 11am - 4pm, and New Year's Day 11am - 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 410-242-6601, www.arbutusvfd.org

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Magical Holiday Express. The B&O Railroad Museum’s month-long holiday spectacular is back, and this year we’re diving into the history of the railroad to deliver festive tidings of joy and giving! Magical Holiday Express 2019: Tidings in Transit celebrates both the story of the B&O and the spirit of giving by festively highlighting the four major regions along the railroad’s original route and raising donations for four wonderful charities along the way! So, join us each week as we journey from Ohio to West Virginia, West Virginia to western Maryland, and western Maryland to Baltimore enjoying local treats and traditions — because no matter where you’re from, the B&O Railroad Museum should always feel like home! Be sure to check out their website for all the details! December 2 through 31, Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org

Baltimore City Fire Department, Engine Company 45 and Medic 14, 2700 Glen Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Continuing a longtime tradition, the Baltimore City Fire Department presents its 63rd 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 30 through January 5. 443-984-1529. www.facebook.com

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, One Charles Center, 110 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. Special Holiday open house dates: Sundays December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5, 12, 1pm - 5pm. Saturdays December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11, 11 am - 5 pm. www.modelengineers.com

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. "Santa's Streetcar", come ride a streetcar with Santa Claus, enjoy seasonal refreshments and pose for pictures! Saturday and Sunday, December 7, 8, 14, and 15, Noon - 5pm. 410-547-0264, www.baltimorestreetcarmuseum.org/

Catonsville Historical Society. Transitioning to a new location so the train garden will not be running this year. Hope to see you next year!

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 22nd 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 30 10am - 4pm, Sunday December 1, 11am - 4pm. 410-727-3939, www.zionbaltimore.org

Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 73rd 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 30 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm, except Dec 24 and Dec 31 when they stay on all night! www.christmasstreet.com

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 1, December 5-8, December 12-15, and December 20-22, 5pm - 9pm. Many, many special events and activities, be sure to check out the website and Facebook page. www.clayvillerailroads.com and www.facebook.com

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! December 1 through January 1, 6pm - 9pm weekdays, 3pm - 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed December 8, 9 and Christmas Day. Santa will visit on December 21st providing the weather is good.

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. The 19th 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 November 30 through the January 5. Monday-Friday, 3pm - 7pm (weekdays open at 1pm beginning December 21), Saturday-Sunday 1pm - 8pm. Closing at 5pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Call 410-284-2331 for more information. dundalktraingarden.blogspot.com

Ellicott City Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. See the LEGO, N-gauge and O-gauge models on display. Opening November 29 and running through January 5. The Railroad Station Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am - 5pm. 410-313-1945, www.howardcountymd.gov and www.facebook.com

Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Visit us soon to see our 7th Annual Christmas Train Garden. It's fun for the whole family! Even bigger this year, featuring O and HO trains, carnival rides, skiers, moving & lighted displays, Rudolph’s Village, and more. November 24 through January 5. Saturdays Noon - 5pm and Sundays 10am - 3pm. Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5pm. 410-485-7654, god-is-love.org

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 30 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), December 7, 14 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), 21, 27-30, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500, www.firemuseummd.org

Flagship Trains, 7927 Stone Hearth Road, Severn, MD. A front yard layout with lights, music and Christmas decorations galore! November 2 - January 1. Check the website to find out when the trains are running before traveling. flagshiptrains.com

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. December 2 through January 3. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840. www.baltimoresun.com

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD. The 6th annual Martinville Christmas Train and Plane Garden showcases four trains running over the river and through the woods or, more accurately, over the hills and through the mountains. The airport and aircraft made a return appearance with a beautiful backdrop. Santa arrives by airplane on November 30 at 11:30am! November 30 through January 11. Museum operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11am -3pm. Closed Christmas and New Year. Plus, special Sunday openings December 8 and January 5, 11am -3pm. 410-682-6122. www.mdairmuseum.org

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 7-8, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. For our 11th year, we have replicas of the Southeast Anchor Library and the Mimi DiPietro Skating Rink, Bump and Go Trolleys, and also an entire platform featuring old industrial Highlandtown. November 30, December 1, 7-8, 14, 15, 20 through January 1, except Christmas Day, 11am - 5pm. www.highlandtowntraingarden.com

Howard County Fire and Rescue Train Garden and Open House, Hosted by Ellicott City Fire Company #2, 4150 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD. 22nd 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 November 30 through January 2. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am - 8:30pm, Wednesday through Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm, December 23 11am - 8:30pm, Christmas Eve 11am - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Call 410-313-2036 for additional information and additional hours. www.ellicottcityvfa.com

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. Celebrating 30 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 29 - December 1, Friday & Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 27 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 23 and running through December 31. Monday to Saturday, 10am - 9pm, Sundays Noon - 6pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. 410-766-2033, www.facebook.com

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 30 through December 29, 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. In addition, they set up a LEGO village and train during the holiday season. 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! www.pinehurstwineshoppe.com

Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 6th Annual train garden with HO and O scale trains running on a 44' X 12' platform. Scenes include Baltimore and Ocean City. December 7, 9am - Noon. December 26 through 27, 10am - 2pm.

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 7 & 8, Noon - 3pm. severnapark.railfan.net/

The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. A spectacular holiday tradition – The 31st 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, a tribute to our troops, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, city scene with lots of new buildings, fireman’s carnival, and rural scenes. Every year the Train Group who designs, produces and constructs the Garden add new and exciting features for all to enjoy. November 22 through January 12, open during mall hours, Monday through Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sundays 11am - 7pm. 410-321-1909, www.theshopsatkenilworth.com

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 7, 4pm - 9pm, in conjunction with the Sykesville tree lighting ceremony. Open Houses December 1, 8, & 15. January 4, 5, Noon - 4pm. Open houses are normally held the 1st Sunday of each month from Noon - 4pm. 443-280-9878, www.sprailway.org www.facebook.com

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 39th 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. November 30 through January 5. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends Noon - 9pm, closed Christmas Day. 410-288-0710, www.wavfc.org

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, 10331 Philadelphia Road, White Marsh, MD. Announcing a new Christmas 'O' gauge Train Garden, 16' x 24' in size, with 6 Trains plus a Trolley and a real water waterfalls. November 29 through January 5. Weekdays 2pm - 9pm and Weekends 9am - 9pm. Closed Christmas Day. www.wmvfc.org

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Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society returns for its fifteenth 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 23-24, November 29 through January 1, 10am - 4pm daily (closing at 2pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day). Also open for Garden of Lights ticket holders, November 22-24, November 29 through December 31 (closed December 24 & 25), Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10:00pm. 301-962-1400, www.wvmgrs.org and www.montgomeryparks.org

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. Friday, December 20 through Sunday, December 22, 10am - 5pm. 30l-864-6029, TTY 30l-864-4765, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

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 7 through 22, Noon - 5 pm. December 29-30, 12 Noon - 5pm, Santa has returned to the North Pole but you can still celebrate the season with toy streetcars in the village and trolley rides from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 301-384-6088, www.dctrolley.org

The National Christmas Tree, The Ellipse, Washington, DC. What's a Christmas tree without a train running around it? For the 26th consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). December 5 through January 1, 10am - 10pm Monday through Friday, 10am - 11pm Saturday and Sunday. 202-208-1631, www.nps.gov/whho/ and www.nctrr.com

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 29th 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 9, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 10, Noon - 4pm.

Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington DC. The treasured Union Station holiday train returns for its 31st year. The setting is of pre-World War II Rockland, Maine waterfront for the holidays. There are four tracks running, three locomotives, a hand car, plus rolling stock. The layout also contains 30 hand-made buildings, 36 Franklin Mint pre-WWII cars and trucks, over 125 figures, a tug boat, six sailing vessels, lighthouse, and many farm and wild animals. The trains are LGB and Bachmann. November 29 through January 4. Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm. Sunday 10am - 6pm. 202-289-1908, www.unionstationdc.com

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Season's Greenings: America's Gardens. Join us to explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s Season’s Greenings holiday show! Plant based re-creations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room. These will include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Garden featuring NASA space nodes and rockets! The Conservatory will be filled with thousands of flowers, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of DC landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, and the West Gallery will feature a decorated tree with its own model train. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America’s beautiful and diverse public gardens. Display opens November 28 and runs through January 5, 10am - 5pm daily. Extended evening hours until 8pm with seasonal music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 3 through 31. 202-225-8333, www.usbg.gov

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Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 21st Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 18 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 10, 17, Thursdays December 5, 19, 6:30pm - 9pm. Saturdays December 14, 21, 28, 11am - 4pm. Sundays December 1, 8, 22, 29, 1pm - 5pm. If you need information or directions, please call our office between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. 410-658-4297.

Christopher’s Train Garden, Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 1700 South Fountain Green Road (MD 543), Bel Air, MD. Train garden displayed in memory of Christopher Cooper by his family and friends. See the Ocean City Boardwalk, complete with an operating model roller coaster, rides and many other favorite OC attractions. Come experience the magic of the Polar Express. Enjoy trains of all sizes as they circle in and around models of local favorites such as Bel Air’s Main Street, Brooms Bloom Dairy Farm and Annie’s Playground. Feel the holiday spirit with the Dickens and Christmas Villages along with lots of animation including skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters and much more. There is a play area for children with a train table and an area to color, read stories and write letters to Santa. November 29 through December 29. Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 8pm. Santa visits on Saturday's and Sundays from 12-2 at which time there are also fun activities for kids such as cookie decorating, crafts etc.410-399-COWS, www.bbdairy.com

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 24 through December 22. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9am - 5pm. 410-838-2820, www.hickoryhilltrees.com

Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. This year's Jacksonville Train Garden features Pimlico Preakness Race, Preakness Balloon Festival, Jerusalem Mill Village, Ladew Gardens, 1960 Hochschild Kohn/Hutzler's Store, Baltimore Kite Fest, Artscape, New Mount B-More, and much more. December 9 through 29. Weekdays 10am - 3pm, Weekends 11am - 4pm, Closed Christmas Eve and Day. 410-887-8208, www.jaxsc.com and www.facebook.com

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 19 through December 22. Weekdays 10am - 5pm. Weekends 9am - 5pm. 410-452-8677, www.jarrettsvillenurseriesmd.com and www.facebook.com

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 38th Annual Train Garden open from November 29 through January 12. Open Fridays 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 9pm, 9am - 9pm Saturday December 14 for the Craft Fair. Also, December 23, 26, 30 6:30pm - 9pm, New Year's Eve and Day 1pm - 9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890, www.jarrettsvillevfc.com

Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, Bel Air Town Center, 500 Block of Baltimore Pike (US Business 1, adjacent to Alchemy Elements Restaurant), Bel Air, MD. 27th Annual Christmas Train Show. Two layouts: a 35 by 34 foot main layout with 350+ feet of track containing detailed scenery, several animated displays and multiple train operation, and a smaller winter-themed animated layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine Trains. Military trains will be featured on December 8. There will be other special train days as posted at the layout store. Visitors can participate in scavenger hunts to locate items on the layouts and win prizes. Opening Day November 22 1pm - 9pm. Then November 23 - January 5, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays 1pm - 9pm, Sundays 1pm - 5pm, also December 20 1pm - 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day. www.facebook.com

Mr. Christmas, 22 Kitzbuhel Road in Parkton, MD. 26th Annual Benefit for the Maryland Food Bank Christmas Light Display. Bring the entire family and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights on display and outside G-Scale Trains on display. November 28 through December 28. Lights go on at 5pm and off at 9pm Sunday through Thursday, on at 5pm and off at 10pm Friday and Saturday. Trains go on at 6pm and off at 10pm. Call 410-357-8412 for directions. www.facebook.com

Perryville Railway Museum, Perryville MARC Train Station, 650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD. The museum features railroad pictures and memorabilia from different time periods of Perryville history. There is a model train layout showing how the tracks for both Norfolk Southern and Amtrak run through Perryville. Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Noon - 4pm. www.perryvillemd.org

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD. 37th 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 30 through January 5 from Noon - 4pm. November 29, Noon - 6pm. December 24 Noon - 4pm. December 27, 4pm - 8pm. Also, November 9 9am - 3pm for "Christmas in the Valley". 410-848-1977, www.pleasantvalleyfire.org

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Antietam Station, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike (Route 34), Sharpsburg, MD. The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum presents their Open Houses with operating model train layouts. January 5, 12, 19, 26, Sundays 1pm - 5pm. 301-800-9829. http://antietamstation.com

The Barn at Springfield Farm, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. The Town of Williamsport presents the 11th annual Charlie Brown Christmas. Free (small fee for horse drawn wagon rides) bring your cameras and check out Santa & Mrs. Claus, Buster the talking bear, reindeer in the rafters, 100+ decorated trees, train display, snow in the barn, and enjoy reindeer snacks. December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 3pm - 8pm and December 10 & 12 11am - 5pm. www.facebook.com

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! Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 2pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. 301-834-7100, www.brunswickmuseum.org

Brunswick Christmas Train, Toy, and Collectible Sale and Show, Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick, MD. 6th Annual Show features operating model train layouts, raffles, unique gifts for purchase, and food. Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive at Noon. November 23, 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. Annual Winter Open Houses, January 12, Noon - 5pm. January 19, 26, February 2, 1pm - 4pm. www.facebook.com

Greenway Farms, 14098 Monticello Drive, Cooksville, MD and 15101 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD. Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms plus other decorations and crafts. There is a train display at both locations, plus plenty of hot cocoa and hot cider! Opens November 29 through December ??. Cooksville field, weekends 9am - 4:30 pm. Woodbine field, weekdays 11am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 6pm. 410-442-2388, greenwaytrees.net

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. The 30th 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 15 - February 2, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 4pm. Also, open December 26. 301-739-4665, www.roundhouse.org

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town, 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 33rd 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 29 through January 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 11 - 7pm. Closed December 7. Closing at 3pm December 14.

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 7, 8, 14, 15, Noon - 3pm. www.farmheritage.org

Maryland and West Virginia Model Railroad Association, Allegany County Fairgrounds, off US Route 220 South - 11490 Moss Avenue Extended, Cumberland, MD. Holiday Season Open House. Wednesdays December 1, 11, 18, 6pm - 9pm. Saturdays November 30, December 21, 28, 1pm - 5pm. Sundays December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 5pm. www.facebook.com

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 15th Annual Holiday Train Garden. Every Saturday and Sunday in December Noon - 5pm. 301-829-0100 Option 2, www.mavfc.org

Roads and Rails Museum, 200 North East Street Frederick, MD. One of the largest model train displays in the country, with a zoo, circus, a working volcano, subway, coal mine, castle and much more. It took three years to build the "O" scale set-up and to collect some rare "orphan" cars to include in the display. Monday and Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon - 5pm. 301-624-5524, www.roadsnrails.com

Thurmont’s Christmas Celebration, 12 East Main Street, Thurmont, MD. Join the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers and the Town of Thurmont for a Christmas Train Display! This is an assortment of G-Gauge Trains that are Christmas themed, along with the Polar Express train under a Christmas tree, and Santa’s Trolley zipping around. We will even have an N-Scale train set up as well. December 7th is the Town of Thurmont’s Christmas Celebration and we will join them in their festivities. We are expecting Santa Claus to make some appearances as well! The display will also be open December 7-22, Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays Noon - 4pm. Also Wednesday December 18 5pm - 8pm. www.thurmontmainstreet.com www.facebook.com

The Train Room, 360 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. Come play with us at The Train Room and see one of the largest electric train displays with lots of hands on displays for kids of all ages. Home to one of the largest collections of rare and unusual items from Lionel, model railroading, and toys. Much of the collection pre-dates World War II. Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. 301-745-6681, www.the-train-room.com

Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD. Join us for our first ever Yuletide Village and train garden. November 29 through January 5. Thursday and Friday, 5pm - 9pm. Saturday and Sunday Noon - 9pm. www.uppercovfc.org

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. www.westernmarylandrhs.com

Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. The Four County Society of Model Engineers will have their Modular HO layout set up during the Holiday Season at a new location between the Center Court and Boscov's Department store. November 29, 30, December 7, 14, 21, 26-28, January 4, 10am - 5 pm. December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5, 11am - 5pm. December 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, January 3, 6pm - 9pm. December 24, 10am - 3pm. www.fcsme.org

Westminster Toy Train Show, Agricultural Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD. Toy trains and related items for sale. Find those things needed for your Christmas Garden! Large operating train layout by the Baltimore American Flyer Club. November 24, 10am - 3pm. http://carrollcountyagcenter.com

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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 85th year, has grown to 16 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. New features include a drive-in movie theatre, an amusement park, and large rail yard and industrial area. December 1-31. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm. 410-228-1211, www.tourdorchester.org

Crabcake Factory Bayside, 37314 Lighthouse Rd, Selbyville, DE. Come see our train garden with buttons to press and work operating accessories and a scavenger hunt. November 22 through January 15. Sunday through Thursday 9am - 9pm. Friday and Saturday 9am - 10pm. 302-988-5000, crabcakefactoryonline.com

Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. 34th 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 30, December 1, 7-8, January 4-5, 11-12. Saturdays 11am to 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 302-856-9250 or 410-723-1709. www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org

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 3 through January 9, Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 9pm. December 22, 29, January 5, Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Santa will be our guest December 19. www.eaglelinerailroad.com

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 7th 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 29 through December 25. Open weekdays 6pm - 8pm and weekends 2pm - 8pm. Christmas Day 11am – 2pm, 4pm – 8pm. 410-822-4848. discovereaston.com

Lands End Fellowship / His Praise Place, 102 Worcester Street, Ocean City, MD. Our train garden features 4 HO scale trains in a three level 16x4 snow setting and 5 Lionel O gauge trains in a 20x4 layout. Open December 9, 6pm - 8pm. December 10, 4pm - 7pm. December 13, 6pm - 8pm. December 14-15, 2pm - 5pm. www.facebook.com

Main Street Deli, 10 South Main Street, Berlin, MD. Our 8th Annual Train Garden features five O gauge trains on three levels, along with several animated pieces. November 29 through December 31. Check their website for deli hours or call 410-641-1531. www.facebook.com

Ocean City Branch, Worcester County Library, 10003 Coastal Highway - Ocean City, MD. Come see our train garden with 5 trains running, buttons to press and work operating accessories and a scavenger hunt. November 22 through January 15. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am - 6 pm. Tuesday, 10am - 7 pm. Friday, 9 am - 5pm. Saturday, 10am - 4pm. 410-524-1818, www.worcesterlibrary.org

Museum of Eastern Shore Life and Queen Anne's Railroad Society, 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). The Festival of Trains has 10,000 square feet of operational layouts in G, O, HO, TT, N and Z scales. We will even have some Lego Trains! Dive deep into the models and displays with an event wide scavenger hunt featuring items across all scales. Not to mention, some layouts are interactive for the kids to operate! We will also have several historic displays highlighting the region's railroad history such as railroad photos, maps and memorabilia. Fun for all ages! December 7-8 & 14-15, Noon - 5pm. New this year: Model Railroading 101, An Introduction to the World of Model Trains December 14, 10am - Noon. 410-758-8640, www.qarrs.org

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 312 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 28th 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. November 29, 30, December 6, 5pm - 8pm. December 7-8, 21-22, 28-29, 1pm - 4pm. December 14, 15, Noon - 4pm. 410-632-3971 for group info. www.snowhillmodeltrains.com/

Pocomoke Train Garden at the Delmarva Discovery Museum, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City MD. Come visit our train garden at the museum. December 1-31, Monday through Saturday from 10am - 4pm and Sundays from Noon - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day. delmarvadiscoverycenter.org and www.facebook.com

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Old Fashioned Christmas. Museum open, model train running, refreshments. December 7-8 & 14-15, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm. 410-438-3501, www.sudlersvillemuseum.org

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Greenstreet Gardens, 3391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. Holiday Train Garden. November 15 to December 31, weekdays, 9am -6pm., weekends 8am - 6pm. 410-867-9500, www.greenstreetgardens.com

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 2 through December 30, Monday through Friday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 7pm, and Sunday 9am - 6pm. Check for extended hours during the holiday season. Visit after dark and also enjoy their unique and spectacular outdoor light display, beginning November 19. 301-261-4550, 410-798-5000, www.homesteadgardens.com

St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 34th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year’s doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary’s County’s past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. December 1 - January 5, Noon - 4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Day) 301-769-2222, www.co.saint-marys.md.us

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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 14, 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 15, Noon - 5pm. www.pwcgov.org

Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas, VA. The National Capital Trackers present their festive, magical and truly awe-inspiring Christmas landscape at the Annual Winter Wonderland Train Show. Free to the community, this show is engaging for the whole family - kids will spend hours admiring the beauty and the adults will love the scale exhibit. Get into the holiday spirit at the Winter Wonderland Train Show. December 18-20, 5pm - 8pm, December 21, 10am - 5pm, December 22, 10am - 4pm. center-for-the-arts.org

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 30th 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. Bring broken locomotives to the “Train Doctor” for advice on repairs (many simple fixes can be taken care of for free). Saturday December 7 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 8 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225, www.fairfax-station.org

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 14-15, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com

Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA. Trains will chug as The Prince William County Model Railroad Club displays a variety of model trains, January 11, 10am - 5pm, Sunday January 12, Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org

Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. 14th 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 14 & 15, 10am - 4pm. The Caboose and the historic W&OD Depot museum will be open the same hours and are also on Lynn Street. www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org

Hyatt Regency Reston Gingerbread Village, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA. The Gingerbread Village, a holiday tradition at the Hyatt Regency Reston since the hotel’s opening in 1990, is themed after a classic holiday village (with trains coming through town). The sweet and whimsical scene located in the main lobby is a kid's dream come true. November 27 through December 31. restontowncenter.com

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 16 and December 14. 1pm - 5pm, and open December 2 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157, www.nvmr.org

Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA. Come see the Northern Virginia NTRAK Railroad Club's display, Saturday November 30, 10am - 4pm, Sunday December 1, Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org

World's Greatest Hobby on Tour, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. See why model railroading is the world's greatest hobby! The show only returns every 5 to 10 years so be sure to go when it's in your area! February 8-9, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-5094, wghshow.com

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Chesapeake Bay and Western Model Railroad Club, 110 Dare Road, Suite F, Yorktown, VA. Fall Open House. Welcome to Virginia’s largest HO Scale model railroad club. Our layout features 28 scale miles of double-track mainline, multiple sidings, classification yards and 247 turnouts. Take the adventure of a lifetime and view various industrial complexes, picturesque scenery and the chance to be a part of a phenomenon which served as the backbone to the growth and expansion of this country. November 23, 10am - 4pm. November 24, Noon - 4pm. cbw-mrc.com/ www.facebook.com

Dickens' Christmas Towne, Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Lower Level, 111 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. New entertainment highlights this holiday season. Gingerbread men walk, nutcrackers talk, and a juggling “jack-in-the-box” will have you jumping out of your seat! Magic and acrobatics are all part of the show – welcome to Fergus & Foggs’ Toy Emporium! An eccentric inventor has created the most AMAZING vehicles your family has ever seen! Fantastical cars. A flying bike. Even an airship! This season Dickens’ Christmas Towne proudly presents the wondrously extraordinary inventions of Professor Martin Picklepants! RANDY THE PLAIN-NOSED REINDEER makes his Dickens’ Christmas Towne debut, and he’s got plenty to say! And, of course, there's a train display. November 23, 29, 30, December 7, 14, 21, 23 10am - 8pm. November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Noon - 6pm. December 6, 13, 20, 5pm - 9pm. December 16-19, 4pm - 8pm. December 26-28, 30 10am - 6pm. December 24, 10am - 3pm. dickenschristmastowne.com/

Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. The River City 3 Railers present their Holiday Display. December 6 through January 18. The trains start running on Fridays at 5pm till closing and run all day Saturday and Sunday while the Great Big Greenhouse is open for business. Also, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 10am - 4pm. www.rivercity3railers.org www.greatbiggreenhouse.com

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 28-29, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. This year’s theme, Magic in the Air, is inspired by things that fly. Fireflies and flying pigs, spaceships and unicorns will take flight across the Garden, suspended on radiant wings of light. During “Magic in the Air” guests will enjoy all manner of items that move through the air, from natural wonders (birds and butterflies), to man-made inventions (kites and airplanes) to fanciful creatures (dragons, unicorns and flying pigs!). In this year commemorating the first manned mission to land on the Moon, there will even be rocket ships and an astronaut. November 22 through January 6 (closed Christmas Eve and Day), 5pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887, www.lewisginter.org

Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 22nd Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 14 and 15, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-891-8963, www.rmrailroaders.com

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 42nd 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 29 - December 1, 9:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400, www.smv.org

Tidewater Big Train Operators Club, Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, VA. An indoor display with many large-scale trains running. December 6, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 7, 10am - 8:30pm, December 8, 1pm - 8pm, December 9-12, 5:30pm - 8pm, December 13, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 14, 10am -4pm. Also, special afternoon showing for seniors and mobility impaired, December 11, 2pm - 4pm www.tbto.org/

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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 43nd 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, December 7 through December 29, 1pm - 4pm. 717-392-1568, www.bartspneumatics.com

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! Mid-November through January 6, daily 9am - 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 717-566-7100, www.aacamuseum.org

Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 1 and 15, 1pm - 5pm.

Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, 440 Nelson Street, Chambersburg, PA. Holiday Open House. Z, N, TT, HO, S, O, G, and Standard Gauge Layouts. The world's smallest scale electric train – T-scale. Thomas the Train and LEGO layouts. 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. December 15, 22, and 28, January 4, 12, 19. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447, www.cvmrrc.com

Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA. The toy train display at Elizabethtown Public Library is constructed by The Train Guys. Designed to appeal to children (old and young) with its 50 interactive push buttons, this display takes viewers back to times when toy trains and Christmas were strongly linked. The display can operate up to 20 trains at once, with brand new trains and original and reproduced trains dating back to the early 1900's. Train displays have a rich history in Elizabethtown, with the first dating back to the 1920’s community displays upstairs at the Friendship Fire Co. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, train displays were a part of three local churches’ Christmas Bazaars. The tradition has continued for many years at Elizabethtown Public Library! December 3-30. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm - 8pm, closed Christmas Eve, December 7, 14, 21, 10am - 4pm. Mondays Dec 23 and 30 6pm - 8pm. December 28, 10am - 2pm. December 13, 6pm - 8pm for Etown Nights. On Saturdays December 7, 14, and 21, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the library. etownpubliclibrary.org and www.facebook.com

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 30 through December 22, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 717-599-5751, www.forthunter.org

Glen Rock Fire Department, Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA. Annual Christmas Train Display features five large layouts, N, HO, two 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 29 through January 5. Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Sundays 2pm - 6pm. Christmas Eve 9pm - Midnight. www.grfd.org

Harsco Science Center at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. A variety of beautifully decorated trees, surrounded by themed toy train sets and hands-on activities, will rekindle memories of holidays past and delight children of all ages. Open November 21 through January 6. Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 5pm. 717-214-2787, www.whitakercenter.org/

Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 72nd 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 2 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5:30pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving to January 1, Weekdays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays, 5pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5pm - 9pm. Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day. 610-488-1110, www.koziarschristmasvillage.com

Lutheran Home at Topton, Brandywine Community Library, Old Main Building, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA. Public tours of the 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, December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22. For group appointments or special showings on other days, phone Karen Sinkovits 610-682-1425.

Masonic Village and Elizabethtown Model Railroad Club, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA. See their large O gauge hi-rail display, including a 2 rail O scale trolley line powered by overhead wire, running about 15 trains at one time on this layout over hundreds of feet of track and across several elevations. Also, in this building are layouts in Standard, S, HO, N, Z and G scale, and all are of excellent quality. Open Houses December 7, 21, 10am - 4pm. December 14, 9am - 4pm. December 8, January 4, 5, February 1, 2, 2pm - 4pm. On Saturdays December 7, 14, and 21, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the Elizabethtown Public Library. www.mvemodelrrclub.com

Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "Christmas Movie Favorites" Memories of great Christmas Movies join our ever-popular trains. Model trains, trolleys, buildings, and push buttons surrounded by Christmas trees and Christmas Music themed displays. This exhibit is displayed in the Freight Station Gallery. November 23 through January 11, Wednesday through Saturday Noon - 3pm. 717-697-6088, www.mechanicsburgmuseum.org

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 30 through January 12, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 5pm. 717-434-4277, www.facebook.com

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders 17th 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 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 5pm, December 30 7pm - 9pm, December 31 7pm - 11:30pm. www.redlionpa.org

Roadside America, Exit 23, Interstate 78, Shartlesville, PA. A panorama of life in rural United States (which includes trains, of course!). The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time and lets you see, in exquisite miniature, how people lived and worked in pioneer days - through the years since then - right up to the present. Winter hours Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 5pm. Closed All Major Holidays. 610-488-6241, www.roadsideamericainc.com

Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, 3291 Waynecastle Road, Greencastle, PA. Winter Festival Open Houses feature layouts in HO, O (3-rail), Scale O (2-Rail), and N gauges in a historic grain mill at Route 16 RR overpass between Greencastle and Waynesboro. December 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, January 4-5, 12, Noon - 4pm. www.waynesboromrrc.com


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