Toy train displays are a family favorite for the holiday season. Visit these holiday model train exhibits in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Seasons Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. Regular hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. with live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December. See the outdoor train garden, enter the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of poinsettias and other winter-blooming tropical plants, and the National Mall in miniature, a replica created with natural plant materials.
Model Trains at the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
Ellipse Near the White House. Be sure to check out these model trains underneath Washington, DC's most visited Christmas Tree. See photos
Trains at Zoolights at the National Zoo
While visiting the holiday light display, check out the Zoomagination Train Station inside the Zoo's Visitor Center, sponsored by Amtrak(r), and the FedEx Panda Express at the Great Meadow. The new Amtrak(r) Wildlife Train Park will be on display inside the Asia Trail gift shop with an old-fashioned steam engine, Thomas the Train, and animal figurines. The FedEx Panda Express is a train that will take children on a fun ride around the Great Meadow.
Train Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland. (301) 962-1400. The Washington Virginia Maryland Garden Railroad Society sets up a seasonal train display among flowering plants and evergreens. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
National Capital Trolley Museum
Holly Trolleyfest, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville, Maryland. (301) 384-6088. The museum offers its favorite seasonal event to entertain the whole family.
College Park Aviation Museum
Trains and Planes, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park, Maryland. (301) 864-6029. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee: $2-$4.
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, Virginia. (703) 759-2771. Model trains wind their way through a miniature western town. Hours are Saturday 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Train Show
Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., 3rd Floor, Manassas, VA. The National Capital Trackers present their festive train display. Bring donations of canned goods and unwrapped toys to benefit SERVE during the holiday season.