With their eyes all aglow, dozens of youngsters and adults descended upon the Shops at Kenilworth to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season on Friday.
The year marks the 25th for the holiday train garden, which stretches in the center of the first floor of the mall for more than 60 feet and features more than 200 feet of track with five trains running simultaneously, including commuter and freight trains and passenger sets.
With nine bridges, more than 150 animations, a circus carnival, an interactive car wash, a coal mining operation, spooky Halloween village, Thomas the Tank, the Ravens, Orioles, Harry Potter, Cat in the Hat, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, the Grinch, Scrooge, Santa and more — the display has become a traditional holiday stop for thousands of visitors annually. This year, the train garden will be on display through Jan. 10.
Santa, accompanied by his elves at the Santa Experience on the second floor of the mall, were also on hand to listen to the gift wish lists of dozens of boys and girls, as he will continue to do in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
And, as there has been in the last few weeks, there will be one more chance on Dec. 10 for owners to bring their dogs and cats to sit on Santa's lap for a portrait. Breakfast with Santa takes place Dec. 7, 14 and 21 and there will be a Night of Smart Shopping on Dec. 5, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
For details on the above events, as well as mall hours, call the events hotline at 410-321-1909 or go to theshopsatkenilworth.com.