Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway Returns

The family-favorite holiday tradition will start running on Friday, November 26


The Holiday Garden Railway, Morris Arboretum’s ever-popular holiday attraction, returns on Friday, November 26 and runs through Sunday, January 2. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter-mile track featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains—all decorated with thousands of even brighter twinkling lights and set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The Holiday Garden Railway runs daily from 10am-4pm and is free with Arboretum admission. (Please note that the Arboretum is closed December 24, 25, and January 1).

“We are so happy to offer this great opportunity for visitors and their families to come together and be amazed by this one-of-a-kind display,” said Bill Cullina, F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum. “The Holiday Garden Railroad has become a favorite tradition for many across the region.”

For those who would like to see the magic of the Holiday Garden Railway by night, Holiday Garden Railway Nights returns this year for eleven evenings beginning on Saturday, November 27 through Sunday, December 26 from 4:30-7:30pm. Illuminated trees and colored lights pave the way to the outdoor railway site, adding to the festive atmosphere. Holiday Garden Railway Nights runs on five weekends: November 27-28, December 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, and 26.

Holiday Garden Railway Nights is a separate admission from daytime visitation and advanced tickets are required.

Morris Arboretum members get early access to purchase advance tickets for Holiday Garden Railway Nights beginning on November 1Non-member tickets will be available for purchase on November 15. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Morris Arboretum website at

The Garden Railway is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Gwen Asplundh in memory of Ed Asplundh. Additional support is made possible by Rebecca Shuttleworth in memory of Joseph Shuttleworth.

The Morris Arboretum is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Morris Arboretum offers educational programs for many audiences ranging from youth to professional and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research. The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information, visit:

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19118
Phone: 215.247.5777 |
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