Train shirts, train blankets, train pajamas, train tracks all over the basement… we even had a train birthday party last year. If your kids are obsessed with trains as much as ours are – we made a list of holiday train gardens to see before the new year!
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church Train Garden at Marley Station Mall
7900 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Hours: Sundays: 12pm to 6pm (December, 11, 18 & January 8) + Mondays: 10am to 8pm (December 19 & 26) + Wednesdays: 10am to 8pm (December 28) + Thursdays: 10am to 8pm (December 22 & 29) + Fridays: 10am to 8pm (December 9, 16, 23, 30 & January 7) + Saturday & Holiday Eves: 10am to 4pm (December 24 & 31) + Closing Day is Sunday January 8th 12pm to 6pm
Choo Choo!! All aboard the Marley Station Train Garden. Mark your calendars to stop by to see what’s new at the Train Garden this year. We hope to see you there!! The Train Garden supported by Emmanuel Lutheran Church. On the upper level near Macy’s. Open during regular mall hours. Donations accepted at the door upon entry.
United States Botanic Garden Outdoor Train Display
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
Hours: 10am – 5pm (8pm on Tuesdays ONLY) | November 24th – January 2nd, 2023
This year, the outdoor holiday display includes a model train display in the gated outdoor gardens, with trains running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between Nov. 24, 2022, and Jan. 2, 2023, closed Dec. 25. The train display will run until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in December. The trains will run through a display of agricultural scenes from across the United States and around the world, all made from plant parts. Tickets are not required to view the trains or any part of the USBG’s outdoor holiday display, and the train display may not run during inclement weather.
Clayville Railroad Outdoor Train Garden
8269 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Pasadena, MD 21122
Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 5:00 – 9:00pm until December 18th *weather permitting*
Cannot wait to see everyone share in our families train garden! This year we have 2 very special girls…Leanna 11 and Madi 3 who are battling cancer that we are taking donations for! Hot Coco, cider and s’mores are free! Please be patient and respectful with the parking attendants. Please share with your friends and family! Looking forward to a great holiday season!
Trains and Planes at College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, MD, 20740
Hours: 10am – 6pm | December 16 – 18
The National Capital Trackers are back this year with their fleet of model trains just in time for the holiday season! Watch the models trundle around their tracks and hear their whistles echo through the gallery. Learn about the connection between trains and the College Park Airport. Free with museum admission.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Holiday Train Display
13470 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
Hours: 5:00-8:45pm each evening | November 30 – December 14, in the Arts Building
Guests of all ages will delight in this beautiful train display by George Leah, Jr., and his holiday helpers! 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. Included with cost of admission. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED
Homestead Gardens Christmas Trains: Davidsonville
743 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm
It’s no secret that Homestead Gardens has one of the finest holiday model train displays in the region. In fact, this is the time of year when our phones begin to ring with folks anxiously looking for assurance that our trains will again be running during the holidays. Fear not. The holiday train display is one of our most cherished traditions. The Department 56© villages grow larger every year as new pieces are added. The villages, themselves, are worth the visit, as many pieces have been out of circulation for years and cannot be seen except at Homestead Gardens. Homestead’s Christmas trains are not only a favorite of our customers, but of our employees, as well. We put a high value on tradition, and our trains play a large part in the Homestead Gardens holiday experience. We see this year after year as parents, who grew up visiting our train display, return with their own children to build new memories. And this is something that makes us very, very proud.
Homestead Gardens Christmas Trains: Severna Park
522 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146
Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm
The Severna Park location of Homestead Gardens has been operating its train garden every holiday season since the store opened in 2010. This year is no exception as the display will be chugging along until Christmas Day. Staff at Homestead Gardens put a high value on tradition, and they say the trains play a large part in the store’s holiday experience. The train garden is arranged differently each year at Homestead Gardens and visitors can see the Lionel Express train cars navigate around villages with many recognizable landmarks.
Brookside Gardens Holiday Train Display
1800 Glenallan Ave Wheaton, MD 20902
Hours: Open daily from 10am – 4pm | November 25th to January 1st, 2023 (Closed December 24-26)
G-scale model trains traveling through the live miniature landscapes of the planting beds in the South Conservatory as well as a special G-scale trolley display running along the windows of the conservatory featuring the Cabin John trolley line and Glen Echo Park.
Queen Anne’s Railroad Society Festival of Trains
Kent Narrows Outlet Center | 61 Piney Narrows Road | Chester, MD 21619
Hours: 11am – 4pm each day | December 10 & 11
There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. There will be 10,000 square feet of exhibits in G, Standard, O, S, HO, N and Z scales. There will also be hands-on exhibits for the children and Santa visits on Sundays from noon until 2:00 pm. Updates will be posted regularly on the Society’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/qarrs. Contact us at [email protected] or (443) 294-3535 if you have any questions.
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Heading to Baltimore this weekend?
Our sister site, Baltimore County Moms has more train gardens and festive family activities to do in Baltimore County on their 2022 Holiday Activities Guide. Check it out!