Kick off the holiday season with a trip to Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum where the young and the young at heart are sure to be wowed by the Holiday Garden Railway.
With a quarter mile of model railroad track featuring seven loops and tunnels, 15 different rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges, including a trestle bridge you can walk under, the Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway is a staple of the Philadelphia holiday season.
The display includes miniature replicas of Philadelphia-area landmarks made from all-natural materials. For example, look closely at Independence Hall and you will notice pinecone seeds were used for shingles, acorns for finials and twigs as downspouts.
While the railway opens the day after Thanksgiving (November 23), the Grand Opening Celebration will be on Saturday, November 24 from 1-3 p.m. and will include carolers and the chance to make an ornament or decoration to take home.
If you can’t make the grand opening, then don your favorite holiday hat and join in the second annual Holiday Hat Parade on December 15 at 4 p.m. celebrating the start of the arboretum’s extended holiday hours (it’s open until 5 p.m. from December 15-31).
Also, while you are at the arboretum, stop by the Shop at Morris Arboretum for holiday gifts made from natural, environmentally friendly materials.
Get a video preview of the railway, below.
Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway
When: November 23-December 31 (Closed Christmas Eve and Day)
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, students and youth ages (13-18); Free for members and children under 3
More info: www.upenn.edu/arboretum