A Dundalk holiday tradition will return at the end of this month.
The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society will begin its 20th annual train garden, to be displayed at the Society's museum at 4 Center Place – opposite the Dundalk Post Office.
This year's train garden will be available for public viewing starting November 30. The trains will operate Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-7 p.m. Starting Dec. 21, hours will be from 1-7 p.m. through Jan. 5, 2020. The only exceptions will be Christmas Eve, when the garden will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through Christmas Day. Admission is free.
The multiple-tiered layout will consume about 350 square feet of the museum's exhibit space and will feature about 90 animated items which will depict various themes. Returning this year will be the popular scavenger hunt, where families can search the garden to find multiple objects and characters. New this year will be a counting contest. Just fill out an entry form with your guess of the number of a specific item. Of all correct entries, a random drawing will determine the winner of a special prize.
On Dec. 20 at 6 p.m., the train garden committee will host the Historical Society's annual Dundalk Luminaria Night. In addition to the display of luminaria, white paper bag lanterns will be displayed throughout Veterans Park. The evening will include caroling and outdoor musical performances, weather permitting. Light refreshments will be served to all attendees. The highlight of the event will be the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by fire truck at approximately 6:30 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to visit Santa inside the museum, explore a vintage fire truck outdoors, and the train garden will operate additional hours as necessary, based on public turnout.
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will also bring back its annual train garden. The train garden will be open for viewing at 214 Wise Ave. on weekends from noon-9 p.m., and Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m.