The annual Holiday Express Train Show hits the tracks Friday evening at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

The opening night, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., coincides with ceremonies for the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree on nearby Town Hall Green. The museum is at 370 Beach Road. Extended hours for the train show’s opening night are designed to give people an opportunity to visit before or after the 6 p.m. tree lighting.

The train show will showcase a variety of model trains traversing landscapes with diverse features.

Cider, cookies and crafts also will be offered those attending opening night. Admission on opening night is $3 per person or $10 for a group or family of four. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free.

“We hope the extended hours will encourage people to visit the museum both before and after the tree lighting,” Christine Jewell, the museum’s director of education and community programs, said in a publicity release for the event. “The Holiday Express Train Show is a tradition here at the Fairfield Museum. It’s the perfect combination of history, education and old-fashioned holiday fun.”

Programs related to trains, the holidays and history, including story-hours, card-making, a Hanukkah event and a candy house workshop will run all month in conjunction with the show. Check the museum’s website, for details. Advance registration is encouraged for most programs, according to the museum.

The Holiday Express Train Show runs through Jan. 3 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. During the holiday weekends of Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit .