The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (300 Gap Road, Ronks, Penn.) wants to take you Home for the Holidays... OK, not your actual home. Metaphorically. With trains.
You can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while you hop aboard your choice of 100+ historic railroad cars and locomotives. Meet costumed railroaders, visit Santa and send your very own telegram from Steinman Station to the North Pole. Home for the Holidays runs Saturday, Dec. 3 (noon-3 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 10 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.).
The museum, which is roughly three hours north of D.C., also offers hands-on activities for kids (and the young at heart), including an engine cab simulator and a rail traffic control exhibit. If you don't have kids, though, this is still a totally entertaining visit.
Hey, if Warren Buffett thinks that railcars are the investment of the future, the museum will show you why railcars were also the investment of the past. They were, of course, the focal point of travel in the early 20th Century, and you won't have to invest as much money as Buffett to enjoy the splendor).
General museum hours through March are Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From April to October, it's also open Mondays. Tickets are $10 for those age 12 and up, and $8 for kids ages 3-11.