Jingle Rails chugs into the Eiteljorg Museum for the holidays

//Jingle Rails chugs into the Eiteljorg Museum for the holidays

The excitement in our house early Saturday morning was palatable: Through all the holiday sneaks we’ve well, SNUCK into this week, Saturday was the one the kiddos were most looking forward to… the opening of Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum! So “chug” on over we did, and we’re sharing all the details YOU should know for your visit:

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Eiteljorg Museum Jingle Rails - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

The rundown:

Jingle Rails is {per the Eiteljorg Museum press release} “an enchanting holiday attraction, featuring model trains that crisscross miniature replicas of famous landscapes — from the skyline of Indianapolis to the impressive sights of the American West — that visitors can walk through, around and under.”

Or as my daughter Emerson would explain: SO FUN!

As one of our favorite holiday traditions, we look forward to Jingle Rails every year. The exhibit is large – but not overwhelming – and easily captures an hour or more of my family’s attention.

It’s divided into sections true to the Eiteljorg’s Western influence: Old West, Yosemite National Park, Montana/Dakotas, Nevada/Las Vegas, a replica Hollywood and more. This is all tied to our local community with an artfully-crafted downtown Indianapolis “pod” {because of course HI Indy!} complete with Bank of America, Lucas Oil Stadium and Eiteljorg Museum replicas.

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Don’t worry friends – mom caught Emerson before she touched anything. Keep in mind displays are for eyes only.

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Each section is bedecked with an elaborate display made entirely out of all-natural materials. We spotted beech bark, catalpa pods, pine needles, mushrooms, leaves and so many others. {Emerson is my crafty kid and her imagination was running wild with ideas – Applied Imagination, if you need a child artist to join your crew, call me! She’s a heck of a force with a glue gun.} Just check out the detail of this whale model in the Route 66 section covered completely in painted leaves:

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

And not to forget the Rails in Jingle Rails. Each display has a train transporting through or above it – even if young ones aren’t interested in the display sights, the trains will most definitely keep them occupied.

Another fun element has returned this year: Special FIND ME booklets, which add a scavenger hunt activity to the exhibit! Hunter and Em picked this up right away and spent the first 15 minutes tracking down every last clue.

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

Jingle Rails Eiteljorg Museum - theCityMoms

One of the beautiful things of this exhibit is that no matter how many visits we’ve made in the past, there is always something new to look at/see/inspect.

More details from the official Eiteljorg Museum press release:

Railroad tracks guide the model trains past intricate reproductions of Lucas Oil Stadium, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, an Aspen ski resort, Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge and other landmarks. The scenes are constructed of all-natural materials: bark, acorns, pine cones, tree roots, honeycomb and other materials, and are decked out in holiday lights.

“Each year the Eiteljorg tries to have a new backdrop scene or ‘pod’ in Jingle Rails,” said Steve Sipe, the Eiteljorg’s director of exhibition and graphic design. “This grouping will be a vibrant representation of Route 66 in its prime with kitsch, fun, and family adventure.”

New to Jingle Rails this season is a representation of U.S. Route 66, the iconic highway that carried motorists between Chicago and Los Angeles during the mid-20th century. Starting with the classic Chicago skyline and Route 66 sign, the new addition passes notable tourist attractions from the route’s heyday, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Cadillac Ranch in Texas, Sinclair filling station with its signature dinosaur and Blue Swallow Motel in New Mexico, all depicted in miniature. The scene ends in California at the Pacific Park Pier with a dazzling fully operating and illuminated Ferris wheel.

Eiteljorg Museum Jingle Rails - theCityMoms


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The Jingle Rails dioramas were designed and artistically created out of natural materials by Paul Busse and his company, Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Ky. They built similar installations at the New York Botanical Garden and the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

So even though your holiday must-do list may be already a mile long, consider the Eiteljorg Museum Jingle Rails exhibit a surprise sleeper entry for your Top 10…

MORE INFO: Recognized by USA Today as a “10 Best” Indianapolis holiday attraction, Jingle Rails is included with regular admission to the Eiteljorg Museum and runs thru January 21, 2019. Adults are $13, seniors are $11, youth ages 5 to 17 are $7, and children ages four and under are free. Get discount tickets by ordering online at www.eiteljorg.org. Pictures are courtesy of well, US! Special thanks to the Eiteljorg Museum for hosting theCityMoms and our friends for a sneak peek of this year’s exhibit.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeanine Bobenmoyer headshot - theCityMomsJeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a freelance communications and marketing consultant.

Jeanine is also the Chief Mom Officer and Founder of theCityMoms. Find Jeanine on TwitterInstagram and in the sale section at Anthropologie.

2018-11-21T13:07:54+00:00November 17th, 2018|
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