Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway Runs Through January 2

PHILADELPHIA – Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway is now open for the season. The buildings and trains are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  Make a stop at the Holiday Garden Railway Display a tradition for your family!  The Railway runs daily from 10am-4pm through January 2. The Arboretum is closed on December 24, 25, and January 1, but the Holiday Garden Railway will reopen on Monday, January 2 for one final day!  

Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring 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 set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams.  Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design.  Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pinecone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts. Recent additions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Waterworks, all part of the holiday splendor.

Holiday Garden Railway is free with regular garden admission: $17 adults, $15 for seniors, students and youth (13-18) $9, children under age three and members are free. For more information about Morris Arboretum, go to, or call 215-247-5777.

Photo Credit:  Natavan Werbock