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Holiday Garden Railway Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Daytime

Viewing


November 25 – December 30
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free with Arboretum admission.
Advance tickets not required
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Alerts & Updates

Check for closings or delays










Nighttime

Express


November 26, 27; December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23
4:30–8:00 pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Holiday Garden Railway

The Holiday Garden Railway runs from November 25 through December 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Closed December 24 & 25.
Check for weather closings.

Celebrating 20 years of holiday cheer!

Since 2002, visitors of all ages have been delighted 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 buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.

Nighttime Express

Holiday Garden Railway: Nighttime Express is a special ticketed event where visitors can experience the illuminated magic during wintery nights. Nighttime Express runs on the following dates: November 26, 27; December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23 from 4:30 – 8:00 pm.

Closed December 24 & 25.
Check for weather closings.

Ticket prices:

Member Adult: $17

Member Youth: $10

Member Child (under 3): FREE

Non-Member Adult: $22

Non-Member Youth: $12

Non-Member Child (under 3): FREE

Due to limited parking, you must purchase tickets with specific arrival times. Please stay on the path. Walking into the lights off the path is dangerous, please help us keep everyone safe and stay on the path.

About the Garden Railway

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.

The buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The Garden Railway Display has become one of the Arboretum’s most beloved attractions since it opened in 1998, and the Holiday Garden Railway is quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition for many families.

The Garden Railway is supported, in part, through the generosity of Gwen and Ed Asplundh and by a gift given in memory of Joe Shuttleworth. “Gwen and I are very pleased to support the wonderful Garden Railway. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved trains large and small. For years, I had a large train layout in my basement. There is something very special about an outdoor railway, especially the very unusual and beautifully done railway at the Arboretum. I enjoy watching the trains myself, but most of all, I enjoy watching the looks of delight on the faces of the other ‘kids’ young and old.” –Ed Asplundh

Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

The Rose Garden will be closed for renovations starting on Monday, October 3, 2022 until Spring 2023.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

The Rose Garden will be closed for renovations starting on Monday, October 3, 2022 until Spring 2023.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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