One of the coolest things to see during the holiday season
is the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. It’s the 22nd year of this
spectacular event, which transforms the already marvelous Gardens into a
miniaturized city. The exhibit shows the
city’s best monuments, recreated using only plant and other natural material
that’s been repurposed to create these fantastic structures.
Visitors can see over 140 structures, with a variety of
themed and dedicated pavilions and special events occurring through January
12. The event is perfect for fans of the
Gardens, the City, train enthusiasts, or families with children of all
ages. If you’re touring the City’s
sites, the Holiday Train Show is a great way to conclude your trip because you
can see all of your favorites in a tiny version, like the Statue of Liberty,
Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Another Pavilion holds the Holiday Adventures exhibit just
for kids, with train themed craft activities and puppet making. The Streets of New York Holiday Dining
Pavilion offers visitors a unique experience. Diners can choose from different
neighborhood themed stations, tying popular foods to their areas of origin
within the city.
Special events include a Thomas
& Friends musical, Carolers every weekend, a Classic Holiday Film
Festival, and special tours for visitors interested specifically in the botanical
sciences. For adults, Bar Car Nights offer
adults a complimentary drink with entrance, and each week a specialty cocktail
is sponsored and created just for the event.
Admission to the Holiday Train Show varies depending on the
specific date, but start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Check;the website for special events and
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