Holiday Train Experiences
There's just something magical about trains during the holidays, so try one of these great Maryland railroad experiences to get the season on track.
The Polar Express makes an appearance in November & December. Scenes from this celebrated holiday classic come to life before your eyes. The conductor makes sure you arrive at The North Pole on time, but not before you’ve enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies, and received a gift of Christmas from Santa Claus himself!
“All Aboard” The Polar Express™ this Holiday season on a historic train in Western Maryland. Inspired by the movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family ride The Polar Express™. Families will love the trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will present the first gift of Christmas. On the return trip, everyone receives a silver sleigh bell, heard by all of those who BELIEVE. Trains depart from Cumberland and, on several dates only, from Frostburg. Book online.
Fire Museum of Maryland
Here at the Fire Museum, the annual train garden is a tradition. See multiple trains operating, recognize local businesses, watch a "working fire," and even a subway. The Train Garden opens each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and runs each Saturday thereafter until additional dates are added after Christmas. The museum itself is an amazing walk through two centuries of (41) fire engines and an 1871 Fire House.
See real running water, realistic sounding and running engines. Interact with the display as you experience one of the Eastern Shore's most exciting and kid friendly train gardens.
The Corddry Company Crossing Model Railroad Club has been running and building a model train garden since 1992. The Train Garden is located above The Pocomoke River Canoe Company.
A special holiday display of miniature planes and trains can be seen in the Christmas Planes and Trains Garden. The Garden features Martin State Airport, Bengies Drive-In, Marshy Point Nature Center, a Hot Air Balloon Festival, Ocean City,
the Polar Bear Plunge and more. See it during a tour of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.
Experience 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. Write a letter to Santa and send it out by 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. Visit the Museum Store for exciting gift giving options.
Yuletide Village at the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company is featuring another exciting train garden. The display is crafted by Volunteer Fire Company members with help from their neighbors. The creative team is combining donated decor with existing items to make this a partially upcycled train garden. Stay tuned for more news about events like the Santa Breakfast.
Book early because these train experiences book up very quickly. The Walkersville Southern Railroad offers special train rides to make your holiday season memorable. Ride the train with Santa and have your camera ready. Santa will have a small gift for all children. The train runs rain, snow or shine. Reservations required.
Railroads transformed American life in the 1800s and 1900s, and Maryland played an integral part in the creation of the railroad industry—the Baltimore & Ohio, the first intercity railroad in the Western Hemisphere, was begun in Baltimore in 1827. Visit these museums, attractions and sites of interest to learn more about the history of railroading in America.