As twinkling lights switch on and holiday attractions open for the season, make time for a trip to Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum to take in the gorgeous gardens and whimsical Holiday Garden Railway.
Opening for the season on Friday, November 22, the railroad includes 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 actually walk under.
Those who know the Philadelphia cityscape should take a close look at the miniature village, too. The display includes teeny 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.
This year, the Holiday Garden Railway opens Friday, November 22, the Friday before Thanksgiving, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through January 5, 2014, with the exceptions for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
On Saturday, November 23, the arboretum hosts a festive opening day celebration for the railway with crafts for kids, carolers and more from 1 to 3 p.m.
Plus, locomotive enthusiasts can look forward to a new opportunity to take in the trains with Friday Night Lights on December 13, 20 and 27, when visitors can enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway at night from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Also, while you are at the arboretum, stop by the Shop at Morris Arboretum for holiday gifts made from natural, environmentally friendly materials.
Check a video preview of the railway, below.
Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway
When: November 22-January 5, 2014 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors; $7 students, youth ages (13-18) and hikers and bikers; Free for members and children under 3
More info: www.upenn.edu/arboretum