If your idea of the perfect Christmas décor comes complete with a train that winds around a snow-capped gingerbread village surrounding a 32-foot Christmas tree, you should head to the PPG Wintergarden before January 8th! Local artist Don Jones created the train display with models from his private collection, while a host of scrumptious structures submitted for the annual gingerbread house competition surround the track! While you’re there, be sure to stroll through the life-sized Santas as part of the popular “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit! The exhibit runs through January 7th and it is open on Christmas and New Year’s Day!
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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If trains are part of your holiday tradition, you’re likely already familiar with the incredible Miniature Railroad & Village at the Carnegie Science Center. It may be 90-years old, but this fantastically realistic display promises something new each year. Some favorites include a detailed scale model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, a replica of the Monongahela Incline that actually scales the hillside, and a model of the old Forbes Field in which actual bricks from the real outfield wall were used! (Seen On: KDKA-TV’s Dave Crawley takes a look at the village)
The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum
5507 Lakeside Dr
Gibsonia, PA 15044
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For more than two decades, the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Gibsonia has hosted its annual Holiday Train Show. While train lovers will marvel in the details of the realistic model, kids are sure to enjoy a display geared specifically for them. “Junior engineers” will get the chance to operate their choice of Thomas the Tank Engine or Percy along the wooden display that features bridges, an engine house and an engine shop. With the exceptions of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the Holiday Train Show is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through January 23rd. The show runs from 6pm until 9pm on Fridays and from 11am until 5pm on weekends.
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Most people in the area are already familiar with Oglebay Resort’s annual Winter Festival of Lights as one of the best holiday light shows around; but the resort also features a holiday train display that’s sure to delight model railroad enthusiasts as well! The 1,200 square-foot exhibit includes such features as steamboats that float along a working river, a logging operation that comes complete with a saw mill, and an amusement park. According to the resort, the annual display is the largest O-Gauge model train exhibit in West Virginia. While that alone is worth the trip, visitors will also get into the spirit with Oglebay’s amazing “light and music extravaganza!”
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Road
Washington PA 15301
Trolleys may be the big draw at this Washington County attraction, but the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum can’t be overlooked when it comes to its huge model train display. Visitors can actually enjoy both modes of transportation during the museum’s “Trolleys & Toy Trains” event! From December 17th through the 20th and the 26th and 27th, patrons will get to take in the Lionel toy train display and hop on a decorated trolley for what’s sure to be a fun trip!