One of Indianapolis’ favorite Hoosier holiday traditions returns this season when the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art presents the 14th annual Fifth Third Bank Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Running from Nov. 18 through Jan. 15, the family favorite Jingle Rails model railroad display will also be open late on eight dates between Dec. 16 and Dec. 30.
Since 2010, Jingle Rails has delighted families across the region, building on lasting memories and creating new ones. Returning to the Eiteljorg each holiday season to experience the unique sights and sounds remains a family tradition for thousands of Hoosier families.
With more than 1,200 feet of track, Jingle Rails is a model railroad that features a network of G-scale trains winding through tunnels and over trestles, rambling past iconic scenes of Indianapolis and the American West, created with all-natural materials such as tree bark, twigs, leaves, nuts, pine cones and other woodsy materials. The entire Jingle Rails display was designed and built by the creative artists, botanical architects and landscape designers at Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky.
“Visiting Fifth Third Bank Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum is a cherished holiday tradition each year for so many families in Indianapolis and around the state,” Eiteljorg President and CEO Kathryn Haigh said. “This season, we are excited to offer extended evening hours on select dates in December so more guests can attend and experience this wonderful holiday attraction, which entertains and fascinates our youngest and oldest visitors alike.”
Jingle Rails is included with general museum admission. Special programs also are planned, including members-only events, art-making workshops and more. Visit Eiteljorg.org/events for details.
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Model Railroader Associate Editor Bryson Sleppy made a visit to this display in 2022. See his photo gallery.