Colorado Model Railroad Museum Debuts a New Holiday Collection

The Department 56 Christmas Villages Collection features the complete collection of Heritage Villages – including Dickens’ Village, North Pole Village, Christmas in the City, New England Village, Alpine Village, and Seasons Bay Village. Image courtesy of www.unioncolonyins.com
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Michelle Kempema

Department 56 Villages Debut November 23

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GREELEY, COLO. [November 21, 2018] – The holidays are making their way to the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, which is thrilled to announce its 2018 debut of the Department 56 Christmas Villages Collection. The donated display will be arranged and ready for public viewing on November 23, 2018.

Museum executive director Michelle Kempema calls the collection “a true treasure” and expects that “seeing the villages will become a Christmas tradition for the community.”

The Department 56 Christmas Villages Collection features the complete collection of Heritage Villages – including Dickens’ Village, North Pole Village, Christmas in the City, New England Village, Alpine Village, and Seasons Bay Village.

“There is such a connection between Christmas and trains, and this collection highlights that connection on a beautiful and joyful level,” Kempema said. “The Board of Directors accepted this collection with excitement to showcase a diverse form of model railroading: a layout that includes festive, wintry porcelain houses and a nostalgic appeal for the same holiday décor that’s found in many homes across America.”

Donors Bob and Marilyn Harris of Lincoln, Neb., started their collection in 1984 with the purchase of a single church. They chose the Colorado Model Railroad Museum to house their collection because they felt the museum was a perfect fit for their unique train layout villages.

Access to the Department 56 collection is included in the regular museum admission. Visit cmrm.org for information regarding hours and admission fees.

About the Colorado Model Railroad Museum

Located by the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad in Greeley, Colorado, the Colorado Model Railroad Museum (CMRM) is home to more than 600 railroad-related artifacts that range from a Virginia and Truckee Railroad switch key to a full-sized Colorado and Southern wooden caboose that visitors can climb aboard. The museum features a 5,500 square foot operating model railroad that includes 28,000 trees and other handmade elements. To learn more, visit cmrm.org.