The Holiday Express in Oak Ridge TN, a miniature village with 10 garden-scale model trains and thousands of lights, will be open from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.
The Holiday Express, which has been open weekends in December, features a 2,500-square-foot G-scale railroad display inside the Children’s Museum gymnasium, with the 10 trains running consecutively.
Designed by landscaper and train enthusiast Mark Fuhrman, the Holiday Express offers visitors the opportunity to walk on a bridge over a creek near a waterfall in the village filled with holiday trees and more than 100 scale model buildings. They will see a carnival area, sawmill, outhouse, and railroad artifacts such as a velocipede, a three-wheeled hand-propelled railroad and pump car. Visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt as they wander through the holiday display.
Many buildings in the village are scale model replicas of East Tennessee structures, most depicting the architecture during logging days in the Smoky Mountains.
On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, Holiday Express will be open from noon to 6 p.m. From Dec. 26 through 30, it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. And Sunday, Dec. 31, hours are 1 to 6 p.m. at the museum, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.
Admission is $5 per person, and children under three are admitted free. Children’s Museum members receive a $1 discount. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Museum. Combo tickets for a museum visit and train display viewing are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older, and $10 for children ages 3-17.
Holiday Express will be open, but Children’s Museum exhibits will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Museum hours during the holidays are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/ or call (865) 482-1074.