INDIANAPOLIS — The pandemic kept Hoosiers from both the Indianapolis 500 and the Indiana State Fair, but this holiday season they’re making a comeback.
In miniature form that is.
Saturday, Nov. 21, the Eiteljorg Museum’s holiday model train display, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure will be adding miniatures of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana State Fair.
“Folks weren’t able to attend the fair like they normally would, or weren’t able to go to the race like they normally would,” said Bryan Corbin, public relations manager of the Eiteljorg. “So, here’s a way to kind of, in a fun nostalgic way, revisit those and see them again in miniature.”
Some of the other displays include Indianapolis landmarks like Monument Circle and Lucas Oil Stadium, or people can travel out West and find Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.
“Little kids of course love trains,” Corbin said. “But for the parents and grandparents who bring the children, this often sparks memories for them of a favorite family vacation.”
He said Jingle Rails has become a favorite family holiday tradition for people, and while the pandemic still has them social distancing and wearing masks families will still be able to enjoy all the displays.
To go to Jingle Rails you do have to purchase your tickets in advance, but Corbin says that once there you can enjoy the model train exhibit and many others that the Eiteljorg has to offer.
cover photo courtesy Eiteljorg Museum