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.

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There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Parades and Festivals, dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows, and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.
Be sure to check out our Home for the Holidays hotel packages. 

The Trains of Christmas at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum Image Credit: Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum

1 Christmas at the Roundhouse, Hagerstown

Through February 2, 2020
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1- 5 pm
Also open December 26-27 
Newly renovated "Trains of Christmas" includes favorite steam and diesel trains operating on four levels over a winter landscape. The layout grows as the season progresses. Santa visits on selected dates in December 2019!


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Type:
Events


Location:
300 S. Burhans Blvd
Hagerstown, MD 21741
301-739-4665


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Dad and child boarding train Image Credit: The Polar Express™ Train Ride

2 The Polar Express Train Ride, Cumberland

Through December 23, 2019 - Weekends
Embark  on a magical re-creation of the classic children’s story on board a real train. During a trip to the North Pole, passengers are served hot chocolate and a treat by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell) after Santa boards the train to greet families. Attendants lead passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities on the return trip to Cumberland.


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Type:
Events


Location:
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502
1-800-TRAIN50


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holiday lights

3 Brookside Garden of Lights and Model Trains, Wheaton

Through December 31, 2019
Open Sunday - Thursday 5:30om - 9pm & Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10pm
Closed December 25-26
In addition to Brookside Garden of Lights outdoor holiday light exhibit (with more than one million dazzling lights,) G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape inside the Conservatory. Inside the Visitors Center, enjoy hot cocoa while listening to one of the nightly musical performances.


More about Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens


Type:
Events


Location:
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-962-1453


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Model Train

4 Holiday Train Garden at White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company

Through January 5, 2020
Come see this impressive holiday train garden and while you are there, you can find the perfect Christmas tree, wreathes, window swags, roping and decorations for your home. Santa will be available for photos (call or check website for dates/times) . Visit the trains Mon-Fri 2-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. Trees will be available until Dec 23. Closed on Christmas Day.


More about Holiday Train Garden & Christmas Trees at White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company


Type:
Events


Location:
10331 Philadelphia Road
White Marsh, MD 21162
443-841-2477


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Highlandtown Train Garden Image Credit: HighlandTownTrainGarden

5 Highlandtown Train Garden, Baltimore City

December 7-8, 14-15, 20, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Open from 11am - 5pm
Closed December 25
Local businesses and associations sponsor model train displays throughout the garden.  Several "engineers" set up the garden in Fire House #41.  A timeless event in Baltimore City; best of all-- it's free!


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Type:
Events


Location:
Engine House # 41
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-342-5395


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Martinville Christmas Train Garden

6 Martinville Christmas Train Garden, Middle River

December 4, 2019 - January 11, 2020
Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 3pm
A special holiday display of miniature planes and trains in the Martinville Christmas Train Garden can be seen during a tour at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.
Special Sunday Opening December 8 and January 5.


More about Train and Plane Christmas Garden: Martinville Holiday Season Exhibit


Type:
Events


Location:
Martin State Airport, Hangar 5
Middle River, MD 21220
410-682-6122


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Holiday train garden Image Credit: FireMuseumMD.org

7 Holiday Train Garden, Timonium

December 7, 14, 21 & 27-30, 2019
Open from 10am - 4pm
Santa visit on December 14, 11am - 2pm
See O-scale trains wind through a 20th-century town and pick out your favorite local landmarks. The Holiday Train Garden is included with admission to the Fire Museum.  More info...

Walkersville Southern Railroad Santa Train

8 Walkersville Southern Railroad Santa Train

Through December 22, 2019
Ride the train with Santa and have your camera ready. Santa will visit with each family. Choose to ride in open car, closed car, or the caboose. Santa visits on 11/30,12/1, 12/15, 12/21, and 12/22.


More about Walkersville Southern Railroad Santa Train Regular Excursion


Type:
Events


Location:
34 W Pennsylvania Ave
Walkersville, MD 21793
301-898-0899


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Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum Image Credit: St. Mary's County Division of Tourism

9 Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum, Coltons Point

Through January 5, 2020
Open from 12pm - 4pm
Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the St. Clement’s Island Museum. Experience  a very unique Christmas exhibit in a museum setting. This year’s doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents and books that highlight aspects of St. Mary’s County’s past. Recapture or share your youth by running the model trains and complete your holiday shopping inside the Museum Store


More about St. Clement’s Island Museum Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit


Type:
Events


Location:
38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
301-769-2385


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The B&O's Magical Holiday Express Image Credit: BOrail.org

10 The B&O's Magical Holiday Express, Baltimore

Through December 31, 2019
Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm
Closed December 24-25
Each day there is something to see and do at B&O's Magical Holiday Express which is devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train-load of fun for the entire family! 


More about The B&O's Magical Holiday Express


Type:
Events


Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-762-2462 ext.221


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Holiday Train Garden

11 Kenilworth Holiday Train Garden, Towson

Through January 12, 2020
It’s back! Come see the annual holiday Train Garden at The Shops at Kenilworth this holiday season during mall hours. This spactacular train garden features action-packed model trains, animations and favorite childhood characters.
More info....

Christmas lights

12 Yuletide Village, Upperco

Through January 5, 2020
Thursday - Friday 5-9pm 
Saturday - Sunday 12-9pm (lights start at 5)
Yuletide Village at the Upperco Vol. Fire Co. features a huge walk-through light display, a wonderful train garden and pictures with Santa. 

Featured Places
model train
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Location:
300 S. Burhans Blvd
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Boarding train
02
Location:
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Garden of Lights
03
Location:
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
Highlandtown Train Garden Flyer
05
Location:
Engine House # 41
Baltimore, MD 21224
Martinville Christmas Train Garden
06
Location:
Martin State Airport, Hangar 5
Middle River, MD 21220
Historic Rail Car
07
Location:
34 W Pennsylvania Ave
Walkersville, MD 21793
St. Clement's Island Doll & Train Holiday Exhibit
08
Location:
38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
B&O Railroad Museum Magical Holiday Express
09
Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
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