What holiday traditions will you and your family enjoy this year? 

If there is one thing to say about the Holiday Garden Railway, it's a family tradition. Multiple generations of families come year after year to see the Holiday Garden Railway, recreating the annual family photo, and enjoying the fresh winter air. There's something refreshing about getting outside in the winter. It's not about gifts, it's about family spending time together. Whether you come during the week when it's super quiet, or on the weekend to enjoy some hot chocolate during Friday Night Lights, it's always a hit with the whole family. 

About the Holiday Garden Railway: 2015

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.

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 display is made possible by the generous support of Gwen and Ed Asplundh. “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

Railway Hours

November 27 - January 3 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed December 24, 25, and January 1


Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 | 1:00 - 3:00pm

Come see the Holiday Garden Railway dressed in its wintry finest! Take part in a fun craft for the kids and enjoy the winter garden.


Friday Night Lights

FRIDAYS, DECEMBER 4, 11, & 18 | 4:30 - 7:30pm - 


Tickets will be available to purchase through TicketLeap starting in November. Ticket prices: Member adult $9, Member child $3, Non-member adult $16, Non-member child $8

Enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings.


Friday Night Lights