Holiday Train Gardens are a long-standing Baltimore tradition. According to The Fire Museum of Maryland, every firehouse around Baltimore used to set-up month-long displays every December. In the 1950s, when their hours began to change, most firehouses gradually stopped carrying on the tradition. 

The tradition can be traced back centuries ago when Moravian immigrants would place nativity scenes under their yule trees. As the gardens evolved to include trains, the religious themes were mostly lost and gave way to mechanical gadgets.

Today, train gardens delight kids of all ages. Here are some of our favorite displays in Charm City!

Where to See Holiday Train Gardens in Baltimore

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company

Through January 2

This year’s new design features Charles Richter’s Train Garden. FREE! (Donations greatly appreciated). MORE

B&O Railroad Museum’s Magical Holiday Express

Through December 31

Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum! Model trains on display every day in December. MORE

Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department Train Garden

Every December, a group of volunteers from all over Howard County: career volunteer, retired and some citizens come together to put on an annual Train Garden at Station 2. MORE

Fire Museum of Maryland

Through December 30

See O-scale trains wind through a 20th century town and pick out your favorite local landmarks. The Holiday Train Garden is included with admission to the Fire Museum.

Epiphany Lutheran Train Garden

Thru January 6

Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Epiphany Food Pantry. MORE

Highlandtown Train Garden

Through January 1

A time-honored event in Baltimore! Local businesses and associations sponsor model train displays throughout the garden.  Several “engineers” set up the garden in Fire House #41.  (Best part? It’s FREE) MORE

Holiday Trains at Kenilworth
Through January 5

A beloved Baltimore tradition! The holiday train garden at The Shops at Kenilworth is free and open to the public. MORE

Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

November 24 – January 13

See the Museum’s  Martinville Train & Plane Garden! This holiday exhibit is included with Museum admission. MORE

Miracle in the Showroom: Full Steam Ahead

Open 12/17 and 12/23

Make Studio artists and the Boy Scouts of Troop 161 have teamed up to create a Disney and Harry Potter themed display put together by Make Studio artists. MORE

Marley Station Mall

Through December 31

A tradition in Glen Burnie for 21 years. Created by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, this display features a number of multi-level scenes featuring 16 trains and many landscapes. MORE

Wise Avenue Train Garden

November 25 – January 7

About 250 different animated items bring the display to life! MORE