Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub has a long-standing tradition when it comes to the holiday season. Whether gathering with family and friends for a savory meal, shopping for local Christmas gifts or taking in a special holiday musical performance, no one celebrates like the Schuler family and the community of Marshall.
This year, residents and visitors to this historic town are invited to view the “Macy’s of Marshall” Christmas Train Display now through the end of December at the Garden Theater Building at 105 W. Michigan Ave., next to the Cronin Building. The space was provided by Eldon and Carrie Vincent.
The expansive village was built and is being provided by the Marshall & South Central Michigan Railroad—specifically Paul Davis, Ernie Bedard and Bob Shirey—who volunteered with construction, painting, staining, wiring, moving and set-up. Susan Collins also assisted by loaning several significant pieces from her personal Department 56 building collection, about 20 in all, as well as many of the village accessories.
“We expect to see lots of nose prints on the storefront window,” says Davis. “After all, what kid (or adult for that matter), doesn’t love watching a Lionel train run? I know I do!”
The layout includes four separate tracks, three of which have operating trains running at various times throughout the day—mostly mid-afternoon through early evening, when most people are downtown holiday shopping. The display, viewable only from the sidewalk outside the storefront window, will be lighted 24/7 until Christmas.
One of the trains has all Christmas themed cars, another has Michigan-related cars in tow and the remaining specialty train is a Thomas the Tank Engine train that the younger crowed will surely recognize.
Featured storefronts and small billboards—including one each for Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub—are also scattered throughout the layout. These have been purchased by local businesses, with 100 percent of all proceeds from this community service project being donated to the Marshall Community Foundation and designated for the Christmas Light Fund.
“We love to see our community residents come together to create fun and unique features for families that encourage people to visit our downtown during the holiday season,” says Hans Schuler, third generation owner of Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub.
For a list of other Christmas events scheduled this season, contact the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance.
Founded in 1909, the iconic Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub epitomizes hospitality excellence as a family owned and operated business. Located in downtown historic Marshall, Schuler’s is recognized as world-class Michigan destination focused on offering guests quality food and excellent service, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.