A holiday open house hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Library will celebrate the return of the Huntington Holiday Train and the lighting of Topiary Park.
The free event, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., includes music, story time, hot cocoa and cookies, and a special guest.
The Huntington Holiday Train will be featured in the atrium through the end of the year. Built in 1992 by Applied Imagination founder Paul Busse, it originally was displayed in the lobby of the Huntington bank building in downtown Columbus. The train was loaned to CML in 2009.
According to CML, the 600-square-foot display includes more than 280 feet of track, 50-plus pounds of artificial snow, a 6-foot cathedral, an 8-foot castle and a waterfall that pumps 600 gallons of water an hour. Four trains pass by miniature buildings modeled after German structures and made of natural materials such as leaves, pinecones, bark and moss.
The display takes two days to set up. Here's a time lapse video of the 2013 installation.
In addition to checking out the train, visitors can watch from the second-floor reading room as the holiday lights are turned on at the adjacent Topiary Park.
Attendees are asked to RSVP at columbuslibrary.org/rsvp.