The 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
November 15 – January 19
Living in The Bronx affords me the luxury of enjoying approximately 250 acres of beautiful landscape every season at the New York Botanical Garden. And one of the best holiday traditions in The Bronx is kicking off the season at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show, taking place from November 15 through January 19.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of this stunning exhibition that features miniature New York City landmarks recreated with nuts, bark, leaves and other plant parts. As if the beautiful artistry displayed with these models isn’t enough, watching the small locomotives and other train carts zipping through a mini New York City sets the stage to spark the imagination in adults and children alike. As you walk through the Haupt Conservatory you are transported back in time to a New York City we can only see in pictures and movies as some landmark replicas on display date back a few decades, such as the Van Cortlandt Manor from 1748, and one of my favorite, Yankees Stadium as it stood on 1923.
In addition to enjoying the beautifully crafted ladmarks, trains and bridges you can get a glimpse of how the magic was created by going into The Artist’s Studio. There you will see how every intricate architectural detail was recreated, and even see trains created with botanical parts. A special treat this year is the celebration of the 1964 World’s Fair so you will find a couple of Queens landmarks including the Unisphere.
While the Train Show is a holiday masterpiece there is a lot more to enjoy at the Garden with programs geared toward both adults and children. There are poetry readings, concerts and film screenings as well as the Ever Green Express at the Children Adventure Garden and the All Aboard Thomas and Friends mini performance.
Whether you live in The Bronx or are just visiting New York City, this is one holiday stop you don’t want to miss out on. For more information and tickets visit the Holiday Train Show. And if you are one of Bronx-PR subscribers check your inbox this week for a 30% off weekday discount to visit the exhibition – so if you haven’t subscribed yet do so before Tuesday for your code!