Morris Arboretum

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Garden Railway

Garden Railway

The Garden Railway is currently closed for the season and will return November 28th for the holidays.

About the Holiday Garden Railway

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.


Railway Hours

The Garden Railway is currently closed and will return November 28, 2014.
November 28 - January 4:
10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed December 24, 25, and January 1.


Railway Special Events

Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Free with garden admission.

Come see the Holiday Garden Railway dressed in its wintry finest! Take part in a fun kid craft and delight in the sounds of the Classic Carolers, an acapella, costumed quartet who will serenade visitors throughout the garden. The Holiday Garden Railway is a great way to kick off the season and also serves as a fabulous a backdrop for your holiday greeting card, so bring your camera!


Holiday Garden Railway

Friday Night Lights!

FRIDAYS, DECEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 | 4:30 - 7:30pm
Advanced ticket purchase required.

Member Adult: $9.00 / Member Child: $3.00
Non-member Adult: $16.00 / Non-member Child: $8.00

Start a new holiday tradition and come enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings.

A sweet treat from Brendenbeck’s bakery in Chestnut Hill will be given to guests each evening, as supplies last!


Friday Night Lights

Bredenbecks Bakery

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Friday, December 5, 2014
With special appearance by Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker™ Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King from 4:30-6pm (this evening only).


Friday, December 12, 2014


Friday, December 19, 2014


Friday, December 26, 2014



About the Garden Railway
Visitors of all ages will be wowed 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 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 pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.


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