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Garfield Park decked for the holidays

<p>Garfield Park and Indiana Rail Road partner for the holiday display at the Conservatory. Photo courtesy Garfield Park.</p>

Garfield Park and Indiana Rail Road partner for the holiday display at the Conservatory. Photo courtesy Garfield Park.

Models  trains are running again this holiday season at the Garfield Park Conservatory, just five minutes from downtown Indianapolis on the city’s southside.

Conservatory Crossing runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, featuring model trains wending among villages, hundreds of poinsettias and thousands of twinkling lights. The holiday celebration is supported by Indiana Rail Road, Indy Parks and the Friends of Garfield Park Inc.

Most days, Conservatory Crossing’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 through Dec. 23, extended hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and $5 for the family.

Other holiday events at the park:

  • Holiday Crafts, 4:45 to 5:40 pm., Dec. 2 for 7- to 13-year olds. Make unique holiday cards and ornaments out of different natural materials. All supplies will be provided, so you only have to bring your creativity. Registration required: (317) 327-7580. Fee: $4.
  • Christmas at Garfield, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 12. Meet Santa at Conservatory Crossing, make toys with his elves at the Garfield Park Arts Center and sample Mrs. Claus’ treats at the Burrello Family Center. FREE.
  • Candlelight Crossing, 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 18. Enjoy the holiday trains and poinsettias at a special family reception. Relax with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the tropical plants in the conservatory aglow with twinkle lights. Admission: $5 per person; $15 for the family.

For more information about these and other events, please visit the Garfield Park Web site. Here’s a map.

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