The Holiday Train Show

Husband and I have been attempting to get out to the New York Botanical Gardens for their annual Holiday Train show for weeks now. We finally made it out this past Sunday. We took the train…the real train, not the subway train, to the Bronx and found the Gardens to be raining and freezing. Boo. Not exactly cheerful weather, but the cappuccino’s in the café quickly warmed and cheered me up.

Grand Central Station...I love this place.
Grand Central Station…I love this place.
Making my way to train terminal...All Aboard!
Making my way to train terminal…All Aboard!
"Tickets!" I kept wishing Tom Hanks would check our tickets, and men would come dancing down the aisles while serving us hot chocolate.
“Tickets!” I kept wishing Tom Hanks would check our tickets, and men would come dancing down the aisles while serving us hot chocolate.

I honestly was not sure what to expect at the train show, and I can now honestly say it was phenomenal!!! It is is a wonderland of landmark replicas and over a quarter-mile of model train tracks. The whole show is inside, so it’s warm and dry. The staff is all dressed in train conductor costumes. The lines have interesting train facts posted every ten feet or so. And, I swear within the first ten minutes I heard two ten year old boys discussing their own ideas for building a train show, plus a grown man telling his little girl “It’s just so magical!” I agree; it is magical.

Just adorable
Just adorable
You learn something new everyday.
You learn something new everyday.
The Macy's building is a new addition to this year's show.
The Macy’s building is a new addition to this year’s show.

All of the replicas are made from only natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones. We had such a good time trying to guess every landmark without reading the labels.

Some of Manhattan's most iconic buildings.
Some of Manhattan’s most iconic buildings.
The 5th Avenue library, Penn Station, and the Brooklyn Bridge
The 5th Avenue library, Penn Station, and the Brooklyn Bridge

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Can you guess which museum this is?
Can you guess which museum this is?
Such much detail!
Such much detail!

The trains running throughout every scene are pretty cool too. There are late-1800’s American steam engines, modern freight trains, passenger trains, and trolleys chugging along the tracks and through each scene.

Central park
Central park
St Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick’s Cathedral

It was not perfect…the lines were long, and it was very crowded, but once we were in the midst of the show we did not care about anyone around us.

I truly loved this Holiday show and I know we will be returning next year. It’s just too good to miss! Big big thanks to the NYBG for sponsoring this post. If any of you are interested in seeing the show (you know you are) check here for tickets!

Cheers!

3 Replies to “The Holiday Train Show”

  1. That is absolutely beautiful. BTW, your husband has much love for you….he always takes pictures of you observing. I love that about him! Merry Christmas, Hil and Peter!

    1. Thank you Stacie! And, yes, he is pretty sweet to me! I love that I have my own private paparazzi to follow me around! Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  2. […] was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review their Halloween Haunted Pumpkin exhibit and their Holiday train show. Since we will be moving in just 5 short weeks, I thought it is only right to visit the Gardens one […]

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