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Compiled by Susie Tommaney

Begin a holiday tradition for your family by collecting model trains and Christmas villages. Not only does it eliminate the worry about what to give for holidays and special occasions, it also serves as a touchstone for family memories. Years from now you can look back at each collectible and remember what was happening and who was there that year, making it an important part of your family’s story.

To get started with model trains, go and visit one of the world-class collections at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Bayou Bend, Second Baptist Church (Woodway) or the G-scale model train layout valued at more than $1 million at the Frisco Discovery Center. Read more in calendar.

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1. A view of the late Steve Sanders’ train as it appeared in his Dallas home. The set features six precision trains that run simultaneously and can be viewed in the Museum of the American Railroad’s TrainTopia exhibition at Frisco Discovery Center.



Better Homes & Gardens Trade Secrets:

2. Christmas Village at Bayou Bend includes a handcrafted model train circling a 12-foot tree.
Start your model train collection and ask about the various scales at these local hobby shops.

Papa Ben’s Train Place
713-523-5600
4007-E Bellaire Boulevard
www.papabens.com

G&G Model Shop
713-529-7752
2029 Southwest Freeway
www.gandgmodelshop.com

Upcoming model train events:

February 16-17, The Great Texas Train Show
Premier Events Center, Lakeland Plaza, 1165 South Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, www.trainshow.com/greattexastrainshow

February 16, San Jacinto Model Railroad Club’s Greater Houston Train Show, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, www.sanjacmodeltrains.org


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3. Department 56 has so many villages that there’s sure to be a theme to suit even the pickiest gift recipient. From the sophisticated (Art & Architecture, Dickens’ Village) to the colorful and whimsical (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Disney, Peanuts), these collectibles are the perfect way to show you truly care.
    New this year is the just released Harry Potter Village (shown at left) with Hogwarts Great Hall that lights up. Also new are the beautifully lit front gates that match the architecture of each village grouping.

Department 56 U.S. Platinum Retailers:

Good Things For All Seasons
817-251-3673
334 South Main, Grapevine
www.goodthingsforallseasons.com

The Christmas Store
1-800-944-1882
155 East Main, Fredericksburg
www.christmasstorefred.com

Explore more at www.department56.com   .

Department 56 also is carried locally at Macy’s, Dillard’s and these stores:

British Isles
713-522-6868
2366 Rice Boulevard
www.britishislesonline.com

Dimpz Vintage Bazaar
281-639-9240
27127 Liberty Heights Lane, Fulshear
www.dimpzbazaar.com

Golden Gypsies
281-288-0005
134 Main, Spring
www.shopgoldengypsies.com/department-56

Grapevine Gifts
979-285-0842
125 Highway 332 West, Suite E, Lake Jackson
www.grapevinegifts.net

Hauerlands Gift Shop
281-395-4595
1648 South Mason, Katy
www.hauerlandsgiftshop.wordpress.com


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