Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2022

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 and continues to update this list of holiday train displays. 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:28 December 2022)


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Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 28th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Garden. New design every year. The firehouse also hosts Charles Richter's 25th 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 20 through January 1, Weeknights 6pm - 8pm, Weekends 11am - 8pm, Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, 11am - 4pm. New Year's Day, 11am - 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 410-242-6601, and

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. This year, Holiday Festival of Trains will feature custom model train layouts! Enjoy the classic holiday tradition of model trains by coming to see our festive G and O Scale layouts. Special guest layouts will also be on site throughout the month. While you’re here, don’t miss our Bank of America Model Train Gallery, G Scale Outdoor Train Garden, or HO Scale model layout. November 28-30, December Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 20–31, 10am - 4pm. December 2, 9, 16, 19, 10am - 3pm. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please note, the museum will be open November 25-27, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 for Polar Express ticket holders ONLY. 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 67th 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 26 through January 1. 443-984-1529.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 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 10, 11, 17, and 18, Noon - 5pm. 410-547-0264,

Charlestown Senior Living, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD. Charlestown Model Railroad Club open house of their layout depicting the 1950’s when steam trains were being phased out and diesel became the new workhorse. The scenery on the long wall of the room is from Western Pennsylvania near Horseshoe Curve. Saturdays year-round from Noon - 2pm. Maps are available at the Gatehouse for visitors to locate the display.

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 24th 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. And 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 26 9am - 5pm. Sunday November 27 10am - 5pm.410-727-3939,

Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 76th 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 26 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm, except Dec 24 and Dec 31 when they stay on all night!

Clarks Hardware, 10325 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD. Check out their year-round train garden in the front foyer. Santa Saturdays November 26 through December 24, 9am - 1pm. Store hours Monday through Saturday, 7am – 8pm. Sundays 9am – 6pm.

Clayville Railroad, 8269 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Pasadena, MD. Clayville Railroad, in our 22nd year, 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. December 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-23, 5pm - 9pm. All dates are weather permitting. Many, many special events and activities, be sure to check out the website and Facebook page. and

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. The 22nd 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 27 through January 1. Monday-Friday, 3pm - 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 1pm - 8pm. Call 410-284-2331 for more information.

Ellicott City Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. This holiday season, enjoy train models set up throughout the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, including our year-round exhibit in the Freight House. Opening November 25 and running through January 8. The Railroad Station Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am - 5pm. 410-313-1945, and

Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Visit us soon to see our 9th Annual Christmas Train Garden. It's fun for the whole family! Even bigger and better this year, featuring O, O27, and HO trains, carnival rides, skiers, moving & lighted displays, Rudolph’s Village, and more. Opening on November 1 9am - 1:30pm for the Christmas Bazaar. November 20 through January 8. Saturdays and Sundays Noon - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve Christmas, and New Year's Eve. 410-485-7654,

Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, MD. See 42 antique fire engines and a 1950s “O” Scale Train Garden. The Underground Subway, Light Rail system plus the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park, the Baltimore Zoo, the Viaduct, Baltimore neighborhoods, and a car dealership on fire are featured. Be sure to check out the historic photos of Baltimore area train gardens. Open November 26, Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm, November 27, Noon - 4pm, December 3, 10, 17, 27-31, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500,

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Come visit us and enjoy some holiday fun provided by train enthusiast Dennis Moore. Our Holiday Train Garden features four continuously operating trains. Visitors of all ages delight in the buttons to activate accessories or sounds. November 22 through January 6. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840. and

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 2323 Eastern Boulevard, Middle River, MD. Note the new location of the plane and train garden! The 7th annual "Planes and Trains" Garden is an O-gauge collaboration of Museum and Jacksonville Senior Center volunteers. Among the new garden displays this year are the Middle River Lighted Boat Parade, the 150 year old St. Stephens AME Church, Baltimore's Hochschild Kohn Holiday Parade, Hampden's 34th Street, Fort McHenry, Ladew Gardens and a few more surprises. November 26 through January 15. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and December 26-30, 11am -4pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year. There is a sign-in process for which adults will need to register and show their IDs. Families looking to expedite the wait of on-site registration can pre-register on our web site. 410-682-6122.

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 3-4, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087,

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. For our 12th 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. December 3-4, 10-11, 17 through January 2, except Christmas Day, 11am - 5pm. and

Homestead Gardens, 522 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD. Come see their table top train and village plus our animatronic Santa’s Workshop, sure to delight the young and young-at-heart! Display runs November 4 through December 31, Monday through Friday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 7pm, 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. We are excited to have the 24th annual holiday train garden back at the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department. We would like to thank the shop owners on Main Street, Ellicott City for hosting the train garden for the last two years. Your support was overwhelming and means the world to us! The Howard County Fire & Rescue Train Garden Crew (50+ fire department and civic-minded community members) started working in mid-October to design and build new and beautiful holiday displays. December 3, through January 2. Wednesday through Friday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 8:30pm. Christmas Eve, 11am - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 11am - 8:30pm.

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 30 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. November 19-21, 25-28, December 2-4, 9-11, 16-19, 22-24, 26, 28-31, January 6-8. Weekdays and Saturdays 10am - 8pm, Sundays Noon - 6pm. Christmas and New Year's Eve, 10am - 4pm. 410-766-2033,

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 26 through December 24, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm - 6pm. Closed Christmas Day.

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 suspended layout overhead with over 260 feet of double track. Open during store hours, Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm. The Charlesmead Pharmacy next store has an old-fashioned soda fountain serving lunch, milkshakes, and snowballs!

Rawlings Conservatory, 3100 Swan Drive in Druid Hill Park (near the corner of McCulloh Street and Gwynns Falls Parkway), Baltimore, MD. Our annual Poinsettia show returns to the conservatory. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well, with names such as Jingle Bells, Monet, and Fireworks. Come brighten your winter day with us! The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers presents their 12’x14’ O-gauge 3 rail layout featuring a model of Baltimore’s City Hall, and train themed planters! December 3 through January 1. Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day. 410-396-0008. and

Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 9th annual garden is 44 X 12 feet and includes HO and O scale models plus a new 2 X 8 foot garden with N scale model for a total of 12 trains. Also features a waterfall, Fort McHenry, skiers and much more. Saturday, December 3, 9am to Noon and December 27-29, 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 3 & 4, Noon - 3pm.

The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. A spectacular holiday tradition – The 34th 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 19 through January 8, open during mall hours. 410-321-1909,

Sykesville and Patapsco Railway, 731 Oklahoma Avenue, 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 3, 4pm - 9pm, and Santa will be in the caboose at 5pm. Open Houses December 4, 10, & 11, January 8, Noon - 4pm. and

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, 10331 Philadelphia Road, White Marsh, MD. 4th 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 25 through January 1. Friday November 25, 9am - 9pm. Weekdays 2pm - 9pm. Weekends 9am - 9pm. Closed Christmas Day. and

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 41st 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 professional lighting system which will let you see the display from morning through evening back into morning. November 25 through January 2. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends Noon - 9pm, closed Christmas Day. 410-288-0710, and

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Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society returns for its sixteenth 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 25 through January 1, 10am - 4pm daily. Closed December 24-26. Please note the conservatory and train display will NOT be open for the "Garden of Lights" this year. 301-962-1400, and

College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. "Holiday Trains and Planes" Exhibit. During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum. Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18, 10am - 4pm. 30l-864-6029, and

Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD. Visit our Hobo Codes layout, located in the Museum's RDC Budd Car. It is an interactive exhibit to engage visitors, especially children, in an educational experience about the history and use of hobo codes, notably along and around America's railroads. The layout – set in small town America circa 1920-1930 – allows visitors, via a push-button panel, to highlight various hobo codes located throughout the exhibit. Maintained with the support of the Meade Area Railroad Society. Open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 4pm. and

Maryland Model Railroad Club, Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD. Toy Train Show and Sale. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. Saturday, December 10, 9am - 2pm.

National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. Holly TrolleyFest. Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars. December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 11:30am - 4 pm. Advance reservations are recommended. 301-384-6088,

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 31st 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 12, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 13, Noon - 4pm.

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Gardenwide "Season's Greenings" holiday display this year. As part of the festivities, G-gauge model trains will run in the gated outdoor gardens and the Conservatory will feature poinsettias, holiday decor, and D.C. landmarks made from plants. Display opens November 24 and runs through January 2, 10am - 5pm daily. 202-225-8333,

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Bel Air Winter Wonderland, Suite 101, Bel Air Armory, 37 North Main Street, Bel Air, MD. Enjoy a stroll through a Christmas themed train garden. November 26 through December 17. Thursdays and Fridays, 4pm - 8pm. Saturdays 2pm - 8pm. Also open Sunday December 4 from noon - 7pm for the Bel Air Christmas parade. 410-239-2286, and

Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 37th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House. Our display is always under construction and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 6, 13, Thursdays December 1, 6pm - 8:30pm. Tuesdays December 20, 27, Fridays December 23, 30, 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Saturdays December 10, 17, 11am - 4pm. Sundays December 4, 11, 18, Noon - 5pm. Masks required. 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. 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. November 25 through December 24. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 8pm. Sunday, Noon - 8pm. 410-399-COWS,

Jacksonville Senior Center. In 2021 this train garden moved to The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Middle River (see listing above under "Baltimore area")

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 41st Annual Train Garden open from November 25 through January 15. Open Fridays 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 9pm, Saturday December 11 9am - 9pm for the Craft Fair. Also, December 26 through 30 6:30pm - 9pm, New Year's Eve and Day 1pm - 9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890,

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, 3209 Main Street, Manchester, MD. Come and see this Spectacular Holiday Train Garden with over 800 square feet entertainment for the whole family! November 25 for Holiday Open House, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 4pm - 9pm. November 26, December 10, 17, 3pm - 9pm. November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 3pm - 8pm. December 3, 6pm - 9pm. 410-239-2286, and

Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, At Stone View Farm, 3201 Deths Ford Road, Darlington, MD. 31st Annual Christmas Train Show. The farm will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, and other items. Our display features G-gauge trains operating on a 24 by 28 foot layout with numerous animated items in a beautifully restored large barn. As well as a second, smaller Christmas-themed, animated layout. Opening day is November 18 noon -5pm, then on November 19 11am - 8pm including a tree-lighting ceremony and other festivities. November 20 through December 18, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, noon - 5pm. and

Mr. Christmas, 22 Kitzbuhel Road in Parkton, MD. 28th Annual Benefit for the Maryland Food Bank Christmas Light Display. Bring the entire family and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights and outside G-Scale Trains on display. November 24 through December 31. 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 with the lights.

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. 39th Annual "Christmas in the Valley" This year's layout includes an amusement park, farms, towns, a quarry, and fire scenes along with many other detailed items. Saturday November 12, 9am - 3pm. 410-848-1977,

Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD. 10th 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 25 through December 31. Friday and Saturday, 6pm - 11pm, Sunday, 6pm - 10pm. Train garden and cookies close at 9pm. The outdoor light show also operates Monday through Thursday, 6pm - 10pm. 410-838-3178,

Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, MD. The Harford County Modular Model Railroad group has returned to the Steppingstone Farm Museum! For the holidays, there will be a magnificent working train display in our Studio Building and we allow all ages of visitors to actually operate our trains! December 10, 17, 2pm - 8pm. December 11, 19, Noon - 4pm. December 14, 21, 27, January 4, 4pm - 8pm. December 16, 23, 30, January 6, 2pm - 6pm. December 31, noon - 3pm. 410-939-2299,

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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. November 26, January 8, 15, 22, 29, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 301-800-9829.

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! Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. 301-834-7100,

Frederick County Society of Model Engineers, 34 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Walkersville, MD. Our restored heavyweight Chesapeake & Ohio Horse Express Car has been moved to the grounds of the Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum. Come see our large 55-foot HO Layout. December 10, 11, 17, 18, 11am - 4pm. and

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. The 32nd 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 11 through January 29, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 4pm. Also, open December 26 - 29. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Day. 301-739-4665,

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town, 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 36th 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. November 25 through January 5. Wednesday, Thursday 5pm - 8pm. Friday 5pm - 7pm. Saturday 11 - 3pm. Closed December 17.

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 3-4, 10-11, Noon - 3pm. Also open during our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony the afternoon of December 3 from 5pm - 7pm and during Museum Tours throughout the rest of December.

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 November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 1pm - 5pm.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 18th Annual Holiday Train Garden. December 3-31. Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 5pm. Closed Christmas. 301-829-0100 Option 2,

Roads and Rails Museum, 200 North East Street Frederick, MD. Museum closed for moving but gift shop is open Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday Noon - 5pm. 301-624-5524,

The Train Room, 360 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. Come play with us at The Train Room and see one of the largest electric train displays with lots of hands-on displays for kids of all ages. 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 4th Annual Yuletide Village, Light Trail, and train garden. November 25 through December 30. Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm - 10pm. Sunday, 5:30pm - 9pm. Also, December 26 - 29, 5:30pm - 10pm. Closed Christmas Day. and

Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, 41 North Main Street, Union Bridge, MD. The museum houses an extensive collection of WM artifacts and memorabilia, a voluminous photo archive, archival material directly from the Western Maryland, and an extensive railroader's library. Major exhibits include the Caller's Boards from Hagerstown and Ridgely, and the CTC panel for the Lurgan Subdivision. An N-Scale model railroad is also featured. Wednesdays 9am - 3pm (closed for lunch 11:30 - 12:30), Sundays 1-4pm. 410-775-0150.

Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. The Four County Society of Model Engineers will have their Modular HO layout set up during the Holiday Season. November 25 through January 7. Saturdays 11am - 5pm. Sundays Noon - 5pm. November 25, 10am - 5pm. December 2, 9, 16, 6pm - 9pm. December 21, 22, 26, Noon - 5pm. December 23, 30, January 7, Noon - 4pm. December 24, 10am - 4pm. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day.

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 or to add to your collection! Large operating train layout by the Baltimore American Flyer Club. November 20, 10am - 3pm.

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Cambridge Rescue Fire Company, 307 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD. Gaze in wonder at this long-running train display housed in the "Old Firehouse" at Cambridge's Rescue Fire Company in Downtown Cambridge. A tradition for people of all ages, the Train Garden is now entering its 88th year! This year's theme, Hollywood at the Holidays, sees superheroes, cartoons, and classic movie scenes showing up throughout the Train Garden. Also new this year, making their first appearance at the Train Garden since the 1940s is a layout featuring Lionel Standard Gauge engines and accessories. Returning for 2022 are the Harvesters at the Holidays, Santa's North Pole, and a reimagined City of Light. December 1 through 31. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm, closed on Christmas Day. Check websites prior to arrival for theme nights and other information. 410-228-1211, and

Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club, 36668 DuPont Boulevard (Route 113), Selbyville, DE. Open House featuring 5 different scale layouts from N to G. Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm. Saturdays 10am - 3pm. 302-448-5654.

Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. 36th 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 26-27, December 3-4, January 7-8, 14-15. Saturdays 11am - 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 302-856-9250 or 410-723-1709.

Eagle Line Railroad, 12169 Ober Lane, Ridgely, MD. We have one of the largest Model Railroad Displays on the Shore! Every year we open our display during the holiday season for all to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to bring your family and friends and enjoy this creative attraction that we love to share with all! December 1 through January 5, Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 9pm. December 18, January 1, Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Santa will be our guest December 22.

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 9th 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 25S through December 25. Open weekdays 6pm - 8pm and weekends 2pm - 8pm. 410-822-4848.

Frank B. Rhodes Furniture Maker, 535 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD. Come see Mr. Rhodes' elaborate miniature train platforms, taking up the second floor of the storage building and displaying this rare collection which he has built over the last 50 years. And there will be additional layouts for your enjoyment. Saturday November 26, 11am - 4pm.

Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE. 11th Annual Model Train Display courtesy of the Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club. Join us for a magical time as we play with trains, learn about their history, and enjoy this wonderful display to get us in the holiday spirit! Saturdays November 26, December 3, 10, 17. 10am - 2pm.

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. December 10 through January 1, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon - 2pm. Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm. And anytime the "Train Open" sign is out.

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 15 through January 15. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am - 6 pm. Tuesday, 10am - 7 pm. Friday, 9 am - 5pm. Saturday, 10am - 4pm. 410-524-1818,

Museum of Eastern Shore Life and Queen Anne's Railroad Society, Kent Narrows Outlets Shopping Center, 61 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 3-4 & 10-11, 11am - 4pm. 410-758-8640, and

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 2 River Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 31st 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. Come experience one of the Eastern Shore’s most exciting and kid friendly train gardens! Come see real running water, realistic sounding and running engines, and many interactive and moving features! December 2-31, Fridays, 5pm - 8pm. Saturdays, 1pm - 4pm. Kids Train Races December 17! 410-632-3971 for group info. and

Pocomoke Train Garden at the Delmarva Discovery Museum, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City MD. Come visit our train garden at the museum. December 1 through January 1, Thursday through Saturday from 11am - 4pm. Sunday 11am - 3pm. Closed Christmas Day. Also, December 10-11, 10am - 4pm, Santa's Train Wonderland featuring additional layouts, Santa arriving by boat at 1pm Saturday, and free admission! 410-957-9933. and

Seaford Museum, 203 High Street, Seaford DE. The Seaford Museum’s Annual Holiday Train Exhibit features an operating Lionel Trains layout and dozens of antique toy trains on display. November 25 through January 14. Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm - 4pm. (Closed Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day) 302-628-9828,

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Holiday Model Train Display. December 3-4 & 10-11, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm.

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Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD. Our Holiday Train Display is part of the Garden in Lights. Guests of all ages will delight in this beautiful train display by George Leah, Jr. It's a charming exhibit that will spark memories of Christmases past and delight those new to model trains. George will be operating an "O" scale train display featuring trains from the 1950s through today, meandering through a miniature landscape in the Arts Building. November 30 through December 14, 5pm - 8:45pm. Closed December 5 and 6. Garden in Lights open November 25 through January 1. 410-867-9500,

Greenstreet Gardens, 3391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. Holiday Train Garden. November 18 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, 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 4 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,

Saint Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 37th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls (like Barbie, American Girl and more), classic trains and other retro toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. Write a letter to Santa and send it out at the mailbox at the museum. Find holiday books around the museum to read or try your hand at operating lots of model trains, and more! December 1 through January 1, 10am - 5pm (closed Christmas Eve and Day) 301-769-2222, and

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ARTfactory, 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 14-16, 5pm - 8pm, December 17, 10am - 5pm, December 18, 10am - 4pm. 703-330-2787 and

Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA. Come see the Prince William County Model Railroad Club's display, Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 10am - 5pm, Sunday November 20, Noon - 5pm. (search for "railroad")

Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA. Train lovers of all ages enjoy this extensive exhibit of model railroads. Watch trains chug down the tracks and chat with engineers and enthusiasts from the Prince William Model Railroad Club. December 9 and 10, 10am - 5pm. (search for "railroad")

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 31st 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. If the weather cooperates, we also will have numerous antique cars on display. Saturday December 3 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 4 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225,

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 17-18, Saturday 9am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087,

Herndon Depot Museum, Artspace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA. 16th Annual Herndon Holiday Model Train Show. Operating model train displays will be provided by members of the Northern Virginia N-Trak (N gauge) December 3, 10am - 4pm. The W&OD Caboose on Lynn Street will be open 11am - 2pm.

Hyatt Regency Reston Gingerbread Village, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA. Cancelled for 2022.

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 12, December 17, and January 14. 1pm - 5pm, and open November 28 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157,

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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 19, 10am - 4pm. November 20, Noon - 4pm. and

Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. The River City 3 Railers present their 9th annual Holiday Display. December 2 through January 14. Thursdays 10am - 2pm, Fridays 3pm - 6:30pm, Saturdays 9am - 6:30pm. Sundays 9am - 5:30pm. (These will change after Christmas.) "Kids Day at the Train Station" with all kinds of fun activities, December 3, 10am - 2pm. and

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. Part of the magic of winter nights is how a twinkle of light can transform the darkness. In the natural world, seeds hold a similar mystical power. So tiny, yet so mighty, seeds are the “spark of life” containing the secrets of a never-ending creation, “Seeds of Light.” Through the sparkle of more than a half-million lights, imaginative displays, and memorable experiences, GardenFest takes inspiration from seeds and fruits to reveal an interconnected world of incredible diversity, amazing strategies, and enduring beauty. Look for the trains in the Kelly Education Center. This year’s theme is “Farm to Table.” Pre-purchased tickets are required. November 21 through January 8. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, 4pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887,

Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA. Come join us for "Planes, Trains, and Santa" on Thanksgiving weekend! The Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association hosts a variety of train experiences, allowing kids (and adults!) of all ages to see and interact with amazing model train exhibits. And, Santa flies into the museum each day at 10am. November 25 - 27, 9am - 5pm. 757-721-7767.

Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 25th Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 10 and 11, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-891-8963,

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 45th Annual Model Railroad Show. Featuring all the bells and whistles, explore eight different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family. November 25 - 27, 9:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400,

Selden Market, 215 Plume Street, Norfolk, VA. Model Train Exhibit presented by the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers. November 30 through December 24. Wednesdays and Thursday, 11am - 2pm. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am - 5pm. December 19-24, 11am - 2pm.

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 2, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 3, 10am - 8:30pm, December 4, 1pm - 8pm, December 5-9, 5:30pm - 8pm, December 10, 10am - 4pm. and

Virginia Train Collectors, Westchester Commons, 301 Perimeter Drive, Midlothian, VA. Holiday Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts, displays, and model train vendors. November 19-20, Saturday 9am - 4pm, Sunday 9am - 3pm. 804-368-7898 and

Winterfest on the Wisconsin, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. Imagine, a train display on a battleship! Celebrate the holiday season aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, explore all-new interior spaces, enjoy two new shows nightly by everyone's favorite green grump, come aboard a polar train journey, and enjoy sweets and treats surrounded by over one million lights! November 9 through January 1. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 4:30pm - 9pm. Friday, Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm. Christmas and New Year's Eve 5pm - 7:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 46th 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 3 through December 24, 1pm - 4pm. 717-392-1568,

Antique Auto Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA. Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring the Polar Express model train displayed along with several other Christmas trains and dozens of holiday trees, specialty vehicles, and more in our holiday wonderland. Also, check out our permanent "From Roads to Rails" exhibit! November 19 through mid-January, daily 9am - 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 717-566-7100,

Christmas Magic - A Festival of Lights, Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Road, York, PA. Join us for the 39th edition of Christmas Magic! Stroll through our festive half-mile, ADA accessible, woodland trail filled with numerous sparkling Christmas lights and holiday scenes. Don't miss the Susquehanna Valley Garden Railway Society’s wonderful train display. Admission is by online reservation only. November 25 through December 30. Closed Christmas Eve and Day. 717-566-7100,

Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Operating train displays, baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 4 and 18, 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 11, 18, and 26, January 2, 8, 15. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447,

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 6-29. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm - 7:30pm (last entrance at 7pm), Saturdays December 3, 10, and 17, 10am - 3:30pm. On Saturday December 3, 10, and 17, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the library. and

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 26 through December 18, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 717-599-5751,

Glen Rock Fire Department, Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA. Annual Christmas Train Display features 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 27 through December 18, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Sundays 2pm - 6pm. and

Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 75th 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 5 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5pm - 10pm, Sundays, 5pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving through January 1, Mondays through Fridays 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. 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 4, 11, 18. 610-682-1517.

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. December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Check the website for times. 717-927-9565 (voice mail),

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 3, 10, 17, 10am - 4pm. December 4, January 7-8, 2pm - 4pm. On Saturdays December 3, 10, and 17, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the Elizabethtown Public Library.

Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "A Disney Christmas" Disney and other new trains join our ever-popular exhibit. 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 12 through January 14, Wednesday through Saturday Noon - 3pm. 717-697-6088,

Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 77th 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 26 through January 8, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Day. 717-434-4277, and

National Christmas Center, 48 Industrial Road, Elizabethtown PA. (Please note this address is the parking for the shuttle bus to the interim center.) The National Christmas Center has been purchased by Stone Gables Estate and until its permanent home is ready, visitors can now enjoy seeing over 18,000 square feet of nostalgic Christmas décor in lights, trees, stores, and more at its interim home. Of course, this includes trains! November 25-26. December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23, 29-30. 9am - 4pm. 717-902-9791,

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders 18th 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 27, December 4, 11, 18, 15, 1pm - 5pm, December 30, 31, 7pm - 9pm. and

Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, 3291 Waynecastle Road, Greencastle, PA. Winter Festival Open Houses feature layouts in HO, O (3-rail), Scale O (2-Rail), and N gauges in a historic grain mill at Route 16 RR overpass between Greencastle and Waynesboro. November 27, December 10-11, 17-18, January 7-8, 14-15, 22, Noon - 4pm.

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