Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2020

This is a very difficult holiday season. Many train displays have been cancelled but many will be open this year with accommodations made for safe viewing. Some displays are requiring advanced tickets and/or reservations so be sure to check websites and other contact information before traveling. Expect waits as capacity will be limited at displays. Above all, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

48 out of 119 displays (40%) are open in some form this year.

If I may be so bold as to suggest it, this might just be the perfect time to start a holiday train garden tradition in your own home!

Grandpa has retired and left the Baltimore area to wander the country in a motorhome 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
(Last updated: 31 December 2020)


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Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Families will ride the Reindeer Railway train and children will be given reindeer antlers for the trip. The roundhouse is transformed into a festive wonderland featuring the B&O’s signature 35-foot Christmas tree, model train layouts, and Santa’s winter village. Be sure to check out their website for all the details! November 20 through January 3, Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Closed on Christmas 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 64th 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. Operating Monday through Friday 4pm - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday Noon - 8pm from November 28 through January 3. Due to the COVID-19 precautions in place, we cannot permit inside visitors at this time. You are welcome to enjoy our Virtual Viewing Video being displayed on a large projection screen on our front parking lot. 443-984-1529.

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, Third Floor, 3500 Parkdale Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. Closed until further notice.

Catonsville Historical Society. Cancelled for 2020.

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Clayville Railroads, 8269 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Pasadena, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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 December 4 and running through January 3. The Railroad Station Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am - 5pm. See website for COVID-19 information. 410-313-1945, and

Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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, 28-31, 10am - 4pm. See website for COVID-19 information. 410-321-7500,

Flagship Trains, 7927 Stone Hearth Road, Severn, MD. A front yard layout with lights, music and Christmas decorations galore, completely new for 2020! November 29 - January 1. Check the website to find out when the trains are running before traveling. Be sure to refresh the page as it is updated hourly.

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 30 through January 1. Call the center for appointment to see trains. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840. and Check out YouTube to visit the display from home!

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD. The 7th annual Martinville Christmas Train and Plane Garden. Postponed at this time. Check website for updates. 410-682-6122.

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Homestead Gardens, 522 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD. Come see their table top train and village plus our new animatronic Santa’s Workshop, sure to delight the young and young-at-heart! Display runs November 16 through December 31, Monday through Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 8am - 8pm, and Sunday 9am - 6pm. Check for extended hours during the holiday season. 410-384-7966,

Howard County Fire and Rescue Train Garden and Open House. For their 23rd year, Howard County Fire Station 2 is taking their holiday train garden tradition on the road this year, and lucky for us, that road is Main Street in Old Ellicott City! It’s a corona silver lining that safety concerns inspired the search for a new way to share their magic and with the support of Ellicott City Partnership, a walking tour concept was born. 50+ Howard County Fire & Rescue volunteers started work in October to reimagine this year’s undertaking into seven window displays throughout town. Starting on Shop Small Saturday, November 28, and running through New Year’s weekend, January 3, enjoy our newest holiday attraction. For those that love a little competition, scan QR codes at each window and participate in a scavenger hunt by way of your smart phone. Who will be first in the family to spot the ballroom dancers, Big Foot family or dancing elves? Wonderland Locations:
Boman’s Dentistry – 8374 Main Street
Su Casa – 8307 Main Street
MissFit – 8225 Main Street
Sweet Cascades Chocolatier – 8197A Main Street
Taylor’s Collective – 8197 Main Street
Big Little Cheese – 8191 Main Street
Old Shoemaker Building – 8095 Main Street and

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. The Festival will be virtual this year. Check out the train of sponsors on the web page!

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 28 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. Open Saturdays and Sundays November 21 January 2. Also, Black Friday. Open during Mall Hours. Masks required and entry may be regulated to ensure social distancing. 410-766-2033, and

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 28 through December 27, 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!

Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 7th annual garden is 44 X 12 feet and includes HO and O scale models, running 11 trains, featuring a waterfall, amusement park, skiers and much more. December 28-30, from 10am - 2pm. These times are subject to change depending on COVID-19 restrictions placed by Baltimore City. Please contact the Scottish Rite Temple at 410-243-3200 before visiting to ensure they are open.

Severna Park Model Railroad Club, 3 Riggs Avenue, Severna Park, MD Cancelled for 2020.

The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. A spectacular holiday tradition – The 32nd annual Christmas Train Garden featuring action packed model trains, animations, and lots of your favorite Characters!! The display contains several trains running simultaneously including a passenger train, freight train, logging train, lighted Merry Christmas Train, Disney Pixar Car race cars, Thomas the Tank and friends trains. Action cars in city streets, logging operation and camp plus a large Christmas carnival with lots of brightly lit carnival rides. Also, a Gnome village, RV park and lots more. Every year the Train Group who designs, produces and constructs the Train Garden add new and exciting features for all to enjoy. November 21 through January 10, open daily 11am - 7pm. See website for COVID-19 and pre-registration information. 410-321-1909,

Sykesville and Patapsco Railway, 731 Oklahoma Avenue, Sykesville, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, 10331 Philadelphia Road, White Marsh, MD. 2nd Annual Train Garden. A 512-square-foot train garden with eight trains, a trolley, an animated water scene, a lighted Christmas boat parade, a tornado from the Wizard of Oz, a circus, and much more. November 14 through January 3. Weekdays 2pm - 9pm. Weekends 9am - 9pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In order to accommodate those wishing to avoid crowds, they are offering 15-minute personal time slots to view the Holiday Train Garden on weekdays. See website to schedule a reservation and for other COVID-19 information.

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Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. Museum is temporary closed.

National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. Closed until further notice.

The National Christmas Tree, The Ellipse, Washington, DC. What's a Christmas tree without a train running around it? For the 27th consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). December 1 through January 1, 10am - 10pm Monday through Friday, 10am - 11pm Saturday and Sunday. 202-208-1631, and

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington DC. Cancelled for 2020.

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. The Conservatory is temporarily closed.

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Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 22nd Annual Christmas Model Train Open House. Our display has been under construction for the past 19 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 1, 8, 15, 6pm - 8:30pm. Tuesdays December 22, 29, Thursday December 17, 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Saturdays December 5, 12, 19, 11am - 4pm. Sundays December 13, 20, 27, Noon - 5pm. Masks required. On the day people wish to visit they must call for a reservation time. 410-937-4675

Christopher’s Train Garden, Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 1700 South Fountain Green Road (MD 543), Bel Air, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Hickory Hill Farm, 3123 Copenhaver Road, Street, MD. No train garden this year due to COVID-19 but still open to sell Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. 410-838-2820,

Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. Closed until further notice.

Jarrettsville Nurseries, 1041 Holy Cross Road, Street, MD. No train garden this year due to COVID-19 but still open to sell Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. 443-807-6269, and

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. Cancelled for 2020 but they will have their 2020 O gauge car for sale. 410-692-7890.

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, 3209 Main Street, Manchester, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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. Cancelled for 2020.

Mr. Christmas, 22 Kitzbuhel Road in Parkton, MD. Cancelled for 2020 but will still have the donation cans set up at the top of the driveway. Please stop by to support the Maryland Food Bank during these difficult times.

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, with Christmas trains and decorations for the holidays. Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Noon - 4pm.

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD. 8th annual Christmas Festival of Lights Train Garden. Enjoy the outdoor, lighted display featuring more than 100,000 festive Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music, then come inside to visit our amazing train garden. November 27 through December 31. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6pm - 9pm. The outdoor light show also operates Monday through Thursday, 6pm - 10pm. See website for COVID-19 information. 410-838-3178,

Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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Antietam Station, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike (Route 34), Sharpsburg, MD. Closed until further notice.

The Barn at Springfield Farm, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD. Closed until further notice.

Brunswick Christmas Train, Toy, and Collectible Sale and Show, Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Frederick County Society of Model Engineers, 423 East Patrick Street (near the Great Frederick Fairgrounds) in Frederick, MD. Annual Winter Open Houses are cancelled for January 2021.

Greenway Farms, 15101 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD. Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms plus other decorations and crafts. There is a train display, plus plenty of hot cocoa and hot cider! Open November 27 through December 20 (or until the trees run out!). Weekdays 11am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 6pm. 410-442-2388,

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. Closed until further notice.

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town, 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 34th 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. Train cars for sale. Masks required for all ages and entry may be regulated to ensure social distancing. November 27 through January 9. Wednesday, Thursday 5pm - 9pm. Friday 5pm - 7pm. Saturday 11 - 3pm. Closed December 12.

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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. Masks required and entry may be regulated to ensure social distancing. Wednesdays December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 1pm - 5pm.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. Our 16th Annual Train Garden will be VIRTUAL this year! Folks can visit our website and click on the train. It's a half hour visit with the Train Garden, including an actual ride on the trains!

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,

Thurmont’s Christmas Celebration, 224 North Church Street (Unit C2, formerly the Country Corner Thrift Store), Thurmont, MD. Frederick County Society of Model Engineers and the Town of Thurmont are happy to announce their 3rd annual Christmas Train Display! The space is much bigger than the past two years, and will be filled with as much trains and Christmas decoration as possible for your enjoyment, from a safe social distance of course! The display will be open December 5-23, Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Wednesdays 5pm - 9pm. See websites for COVID-19 information. and

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. Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. Please call before coming out as they are operating on limited hours. 301-745-6681,

Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD. Join us for our 2nd Annual Yuletide Village and train garden. November 27 through January 3. Thursday through Sunday, 5pm - 9pm. See website for COVID-19 information.

Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, 41 North Main Street, Union Bridge, MD. Closed until further notice.

Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Westminster Toy Train Show, Agricultural Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Maryland & Delaware - Eastern Shore Back to Index

Bluebird Farms, 11207 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD. Every Christmas we have a train garden set up but this year we will have TWO train gardens!! The new one has four intricate tracks with many interactive buttons. It is a masterpiece. November 23 through December 24. Every day 10am - 7pm. 410-208-4475, and Check out YouTube to visit the display from home!

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, now entering its 86th year, will be a little different this season as it welcomes the City of Light! In order to protect the health of our friends and our volunteers, the Train Garden will operate as a primarily outdoor setup for the first time in its 86-year history, operating in the parking area of the Old Firehouse, as well as in the engine-bay archways. Visit the new City of Light, donated by the Gable Company in Baltimore, as Rescue Fire Company volunteers work to bring a bright end to one of the darkest years in recent memory. This year’s theme, Harvesters at the Holidays, pays tribute to the farmers and watermen that have called Dorchester County home for three and a half centuries. As a special gift to visitors, the famous “Train Garden Popcorn” and drinks will be provided to visitors free of charge for the 2020 season. Operating hours will be limited and weather dependent, please check the websites before visiting to confirm opening, each will be updated daily! December 1-31. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm. 410-228-1211, and

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 20 through January 11. Sunday through Thursday 9am - 9pm. Friday and Saturday 9am - 10pm. 302-988-5000, Check out YouTube to visit the display from home!

Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club, 32442 Royal Blvd., Suite 1-A, Dagsboro, DE. Open House featuring 5 different scale layouts from N to G. See website for COVID-19 information. Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm. Saturdays 10am - 3pm. 302-945-1627.

Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. Cancelled for 2020.

Eagle Line Railroad, 12169 Ober Lane, Ridgely, MD. Website is blank and phone number has been disconnected. Please contact if you have any information on this train display. Thanks.

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE. Cancelled for 2020.

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 11 through January 3, Fridays 3pm - 7pm. Saturdays and Sundays 2pm - 7pm. Masks required and entry may be regulated to ensure social distancing.

Main Street Deli, 10 South Main Street, Berlin, MD. Our 9th Annual Train Garden features five O gauge trains on three levels, along with several animated pieces. November 27 through December 31. Check their website for deli hours or call 410-641-1531.

Ocean City Branch, Worcester County Library, 10003 Coastal Highway - Ocean City, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

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). Festival of Trains: Department Store Edition! The idea for this version of the event comes from the department stores of yesteryear typically having a train layout in a display window for people on the streets to enjoy. This year, only train layouts and staff will be on the inside, while the public will be able to view from the outside; warm, fluffy jackets recommended! This will allow for safe social distancing for the public and staff. December 5-6 & 12-13, 11am - 4pm. 410-758-8640, and

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 2 River Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 29th Annual Corddry Company Crossing Train Garden that is reminiscent of Snow Hill many years ago. Children and their families will love this enchanted wonderland reduced to "O" gauge. December 4, 5pm - 8pm. December 5-27, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 4pm. See website for COVID-19 information. 410-632-3971 for group info.

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, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 2pm. Closed Christmas Day. Advanced reservations are required. 410-957-9933. and

Seaford Museum, 203 High Street, Seaford DE. Annual Holiday Train Display featuring historical toy trains and an operating layout. November 28 through January 10. Fridays 1pm - 4pm. See website for COVID-19 information. 302-628-9828,

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Cancelled for 2020.

Maryland - Western Shore Back to Index

Greenstreet Gardens, 3391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. Holiday Train Garden. November 27 to December 31, weekdays, 9am -5pm., weekends 8:30am - 5pm. 410-867-9500,

Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Set amid lavish banks of the nursery’s Christmas flowers and decorations, this stunning train garden, remodeled and enlarged for 2020, 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. Plus, our new animatronic Santa’s Workshop. Display runs November 21 through December 30, Monday through Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 8am - 8pm, 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,

Saint Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 35th 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 Saint Mary’s County’s past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. December 1 - January 3, Noon - 4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Day) See websites for COVID-19 information. 301-769-2222, and

Northern Virginia Back to Index

Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. Closed until further notice.

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Hyatt Regency Reston Gingerbread Village, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, 231 Dominion Road, Vienna, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Virginia - South Back to Index

Chesapeake Bay and Western Model Railroad Club, 110 Dare Road, Suite F, Yorktown, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Dickens' Christmas Towne, Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Lower Level, 111 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. Cancelled for 2020 but see Winterfest on the Wisconsin below for a different experience at the same venue.

Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. Thousands of lights will line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. The Garden will highlight displays from previous GardenFests, allowing guests to search for favorite forms, including giant flowers, the peacock, unicorn and dragon! Look for the trains chugging around the Garden Keeper’s Cottage in the Children’s Garden. See website for COVID-19 information including required pre-purchased tickets. November 23 through January 10 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day), 4pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887,

Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 43rd 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. See website for COVID-19 information. November 27 - 29, 9:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400,

Tidewater Big Train Operators Club, Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Cancelled for 2020.

Winterfest on the Wisconsin, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. Imagine, a train display on a battleship! Celebrate the holiday season with a safe, new experience aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, a one-way walk-through light trail with over 250,000 lights. Plus, tree lighting ceremonies, Santa sightings + elves, entertainment, and refreshments. See website for COVID-19 information. November 21 through December 31. November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 4pm - 9pm. December 24, 31, 4pm - 7pm. November 21, 27, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 21-23, 26, 28-30, 4pm -10pm.

Pennsylvania Back to Index

All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. Cancelled for 2020.

Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Operating train displays, baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 5 and 19, 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. Masks required and entry may be regulated to ensure social distancing. December 13, 20, and 27, January 2, 9, 17. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447,

Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA. Cancelled for 2020.

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. See website for COVID-19 information. 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. Cancelled for 2020.

Harsco Science Center at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. Closed until further notice.

Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 73rd 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. See website for COVID-19 information including timed entry passes on some nights. November 7 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5pm - 10pm, Sundays, 5pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving to January 2, Weekdays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays, 5pm - 10pm, 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. Cancelled for 2020.

Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Rd, Airville, PA. The Christmas City Express program is centered around the dramatic reading of a story of a young girl traveling to Muddy Creek Forks a hundred years ago to visit her grandparents for Christmas. The main attraction is a ride on a real train but, since they also have a layout with operating antique Lionel trains, they are included in this list. See website for COVID-19 information. December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Check the website for times. 717-927-9565 (voice mail),

Masonic Village and Elizabethtown Model Railroad Club, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA. Cancelled for 2020.

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. See website for COVID-19 information. November 21 through January 9, Tuesday through Saturday Noon - 3pm. 717-697-6088,

Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 75th 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. See websites for COVID-19 information. November 28 through January 10, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 5pm. 717-434-4277, and

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. Cancelled for 2020.

Roadside America, Exit 23, Interstate 78, Shartlesville, PA. Closed until further notice.

Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, 3291 Waynecastle Road, Greencastle, PA. Cancelled for 2020.

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