Holiday happenings arrive via railway at Morris Arboretum when the garden opens its annual Holiday Garden Railway display. (Photo by Mark Stehle)
All aboard! Philadelphia, you can get your choo-choo fix at a holiday train show or real-life train ride at more than half a dozen locations in and around Philadelphia.
A classic holiday sight, colorful railway displays adorn gardens, markets and parks in Philadelphia and will delight kiddos and train-lovers alike.
Keep the holiday season right on track with a visit to one of these holiday train displays in Philadelphia.
Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad
One of the city’s most-visited attractions, Reading Terminal Market celebrates the holiday season as its Holiday Railroad choo-choos to the Piano Court from the end of November through the entire holiday season — until December 31. Keep a look out for recognizable Philly buildings and attractions along the train track, which is nearly a third of a mile (!) long. But heads up: the holiday railroad will be closed on Christmas, December 25.
When: November 27-December 31; Closed December 25
Where: Piano Court at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
The holiday season starts at Morris Arboretum with the return of its Holiday Garden Railway, a quarter-mile miniature railroad set within the winter wonderland that is Morris Arboretum. The annual holiday railroad celebrates the arboretum’s roots as it is made completely from natural materials — sticks, leaves, hollowed-out logs, seeds, stones, flowers and more. In addition to the daytime activities at the railroad, it opens up at night for its Friday Night Lights event. On Fridays, December 4, 11 and 18, the arboretum opens its doors to late-night guests for a chance to see the arboretum’s renowned holiday railroad all lit up at nightfall. Admission to Friday Night Lights is not included in the price of admission.
When: November 27-January 3, 2016; Closed December 24, 25, and January 1
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: Included in general admission, $4-$16
Lightning Bolt Holiday Express at Franklin Square
The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park comes in the form of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. But the giant light show is just one part of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, featuring nearly seven weeks of attractions and activities, including rides on the Lightning Bolt Holiday Express holiday train and carousel, visits from Santa, seasonal treats at Ben’s Bites & Brews and even mini-golf with warming stations.
When: Saturdays and Sundays through December 27, November 27 & December 31
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: $5, adults; $4, children
Reading Terminal Market’s Holiday Railroad returns with 14 working train lines, miniature sights from Center City and more, through December 31. (Photo courtesy Reading Terminal Market)
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