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Track down a holiday train garden for the family

Train gardens are a thrill for children and adults, and even during a pandemic there are plenty to visit throughout Maryland.

Train garden at Marley Station Mall

Train gardens are elaborately constructed miniature worlds created by model train enthusiasts around the
holidays. Electric trains snake their way through little cities, zoos, amusement parks and sparkling hills of ice and snow. According to the Fire Museum of Maryland, Captain Eugene Daly of Baltimore City’s Engine Co. 28 on Gilford Avenue, is believed to be the first in the area to set up a Christmas Train Garden in 1917, during World War I. Today many train gardens are on display in shopping centers, museums and fire departments for the public to admire.

It is advisable to check their website, Facebook, or give a call before heading over to ensure the display is still open.

Train gardens to visit in Maryland

Updating for 2022

Aviation Museum’s Free Holiday Plane & Train Garden
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Middle River offers as a holiday gift for the region its Free 9th Annual Holiday Plane & Train Garden, an O-gauge exhibit, opening Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, 11am to 4pm.  The Holiday Garden is moving to a new larger location in Middle River for this year at 2323 Eastern Blvd, (at Eastern and the historic Martin Blvd cloverleaf). Among the new 2022 garden displays 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, Dominos Sugar and a more surprises. Check www.mdairmuseum.org for full season schedule and weather closings. Although admission is free, there is a sign-in process for which adults will need to register and show their IDs.
Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Pt. Road, Hangar 5, Suite 531, Middle River,  MD

Queen Anne’s Railroad Society Festival of Trains
A modified version of the annual free event, which has been nicknamed the Festival of Trains: Department Store Edition. Department stores were once the center of the retail industry in the United States. During the holidays, they would typically have a train layout in a display window for people on the streets to enjoy. This is the inspiration for this year’s Festival of Trains. Only train layouts and operators will be on the inside, while the public will be able to view the 100 feet of window train displays from the outside; warm, fluffy jackets recommended! The public will not be allowed inside.
Dates, location and hours: December 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kent Narrows Outlet Stores
61 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619

The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Shops at Kenilworth! Stop by the Food Court from Saturday, November 19-Sunday, January 8 during all mall hours to see the annual Train Garden display! *Please note the mall will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day and with limited hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. A special thanks to our media sponsor, Baltimore Banner and our Character Scavenger Hunt sponsor, The Mine! Grab a character scavenger hunt by the display and return the completed find to The Mine for your chance to win $500!
800 Kenilworth Dr., Towson, MD 21204

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St. Clement’s Island Museum, Colton’s Point
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.  $3 for adults, $1.50 for children. Free for ages 5 and younger. Complete your holiday shopping inside the Museum Store with affordable art, jewelry, books and other local items. OPEN HOUSE (December 4, 2022): Don’t forget to come to our FREE Family Holiday Open House for fun kids’ activities and more to kick off the season! Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/399547108987314
Dates, location and hours: Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 2023, 10am-5 pm, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
38370 Point Breeze Rd, Colton’s Point, MD 20626

B&O Railroad Museum
Climb aboard The Polar Express to create a Christmas memory that you and your family will cherish forever! Come in your pajamas as a family to watch the live performance of The Polar Express. Once on the train, the classic Christmas tale will be performed and little ones will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive their first gift of Christmas! Santa’s helpers will greet you upon arrival to the North Pole, where you can take pictures with Santa and have lots of holiday fun.
November 25-27 & December 2-4, 9-11 & 16-19, 2022

Museum admission is required.
901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Rescue Fire Company Train Garden
86 years of holiday fun! This year’s theme, Harvesters at the Holidays, pays tribute to the farmers and watermen that call Dorchester County home. The display features miniature towns, cities, farms, forests, factories and highways, all decked out in holiday revelry, and crisscrossed by model trains.
307 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland
Watch as O-scale model trains wind through a 20th-century town, complete with local businesses, a subway and even a “working fire” being battled by a miniature fire crew. Train garden included with museum admission. Adults $15, seniors and firefighters $13, children ages 2-18 $7, under age 2 are free.
1301 York Road, Lutherville, MD 21093

Greenstreet Gardens
Train display open during business hours.
391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian

Homestead Gardens
Train display open during business hours.
743 W Central Ave., Davidsonville

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