Arbutus, MD – The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 20th annual Christmas Train Garden at the department, 5200 Southwestern Blvd.
The garden is open Mondays through Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
Youngsters can enjoy cookies and milk and watch “The Polar Express” before they visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Admission is $4.
There will be a pancake breakfast with Santa in his workshop Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost for all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage and drinks is $7 for adults and $4 for ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free.
For information, call 410-242-6601.
The year marks the 25th for the holiday train garden, which stretches in the center of the first floor of the mall for more than 60 feet and features more than 200 feet of track with five trains running simultaneously, including commuter and freight trains and passenger sets.
With nine bridges, more than 150 animations, a circus carnival, an interactive car wash, a coal mining operation, spooky Halloween village, Thomas the Tank, the Ravens, Orioles, Harry Potter, Cat in the Hat, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, the Grinch, Scrooge, Santa and more — the display has become a traditional holiday stop for thousands of visitors annually. This year, the train garden will be on display through Jan. 10.
Santa, accompanied by his elves at the Santa Experience on the second floor of the mall, were also on hand to listen to the gift wish lists of dozens of boys and girls, as he will continue to do in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
And, as there has been in the last few weeks, there will be one more chance on Dec. 10 for owners to bring their dogs and cats to sit on Santa’s lap for a portrait. Breakfast with Santa takes place Dec. 7, 14 and 21 and there will be a Night of Smart Shopping on Dec. 5, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
For details on the above events, as well as mall hours, call the events hotline at 410-321-1909 or go to theshopsatkenilworth.com
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Clubs Holiday Spectacular and Train Display will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township.
Visitors will view operating model trains from N to G gauges. Santa and his animated reindeer will visit on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22.
Admission is the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, or a monetary donation of $5 per adult and $1 for each child. One free adult admission will be given for an unwrapped toy on requested dates.
For more information, visit www.infoage.org.
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens invites you to some fun events, shows and exhibits this holiday season.
During the Poinsettia Show, the Western New York Garden Railway Society will stage two fun train exhibits. Thomas the Train and a traditional train set-up will be on display for kids and adults to enjoy. Admission tickets for the show, which runs from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5 (train exhibit is included), are available at the door and are $9 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 kids 3 to 12, and free to garden members and kids under 3.
For the sixth year, model trains are getting ready to leave the station at the Christmas Town Railroad Display at Arbutus Park Retirement Community
Richland Township, PA – The large-scale, G gauge trains and accompanying villages set up by Ron Reinbold of Salix and Arbutus resident Win Garland will be running on schedule beginning Saturday and continuing through Jan. 1 on various weekday and weekend afternoons.
Reinbold and Garland estimated they each spend 40 hours setting up each year’s display, beginning with wiring all the tracks and ending with landscaping all the miniature scenes they have created – even crafting their own rolling hills.