The Morris Arboretum’s popular Garden Railway Display returns the day after Thanksgiving as the Holiday Garden Railway display. Meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape, the Garden Railway Display will run November 25th through Saturday, December 31st, 2011 daily 10am-4pm, (closed Christmas Eve and day, and New Years day). A special Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 26th from 1-3pm that will include crafts and the sounds of carolers throughout the garden.
The railway is 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 miniature rivers. 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. For more information, visit: www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/holidayGardenRailway.shtml