Holiday Fun

All Aboard the Feel-Good Express!

The spirited Holiday Train Show pulls into the New York Botanical Garden for yet another year of miniature magic.

A more sophisticated version of Thomas the Tank Engine / Photo courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

You don’t need to hike from the Financial District to Inwood to get lost in Manhattan’s esteemed skyscrapers, gaping monuments, and celebrated bridges—not when it’s all conveniently located inside the city’s biggest botanical garden.

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Did you think you could be almost as tall as the Brooklyn Bridge? Photo courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show allows urbanites of all ages to fully immerse themselves in the city’s renowned architecture. More model trains than ever before will chug and choo along the half-mile track, dancing around the 150-plus iconic landmarks re-created with twigs, leaves, acorns, seeds, hollowed-out logs, and pinecones. This year’s cityscape, designed by masterful show creator Paul Busse, will focus on showcasing midtown Manhattan and the illustrious buildings that have defined the district for decades; scout out the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building.

NYBG also offers family-focused events for all ages, like the playful Evergreen Express inside the Discovery Center and All Aboard With Thomas & Friends (where you can even meet the beloved locomotive after the show!). Other special happenings include a reading with poet Billy Collins and Holiday A Cappella, as well as holiday film screenings.

Adults (21 and over) can experience the exhibition on a whole new level during Bar Car Nights. You’ll stroll through the wintry outdoors while enjoying festive treats, spirited cocktails, and live entertainment.

Why You Should Go: New York City is envisioned as a magical, botanical wonderland at this beloved annual event. 

Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Wednesday, November 22–Monday, January 15, 2018
Weekends, Monday holidays, and holiday weeks: $30 for adults; $28 for seniors and students; $18 for children ages 2–12
Weekdays: $23 for adults; $20 for seniors and students; $10 for children ages 2–12

Make a fun-filled day of it with our picks around the area, or let us plan something special for the entire family.