Treasured Holiday Memories


The Rosen Galleries

Fri, Nov 24 2023 - Mon, Jan 1 2024, All day
Fri, Nov 24 2023 - Mon, Jan 1 2024

The theme of the holiday exhibit is traditional – trains, trees, toys, and treasured memories of holiday seasons past—more trains than ever this year--both indoors and out. Christmas trees, period ornaments, and vintage toys present the 1850s through the 1980s. A spectacular lighted house display from a private collection will be on view, too.

Trains by Lionel and American Flyer chug through landscapes designed and built by department staff. New this year are views inspired by “Jurassic Park,” along with favorites inspired by “Thomas and Friends,” “The Polar Express,” “Hogwarts,” and “Toy Story.”  Also returning are “Amusement Park and Pavilion,” evoking the views and sounds of the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion, and 1950s vintage trains from a private collector. These historic vignettes wrap the old and the new in holiday warmth inside the Rosen Galleries.

Outdoors, during Nights of a Thousand Candles, you will find a G-scale train display on the lawn in front of the pool in the Jewell Plaza. The “Station and Roundhouse,” “Old West Town." Beautiful holiday lights will illuminate the sculpture, Egrets by Babette Bloch in the center of the G-scale train display. Trains will run only during Nights of a Thousand Candles.

In Rosen Galleries. Included with daytime Garden admission (trains will not run during the day). During Nights of a Thousand Candles, our engineers will be running all the trains!