November 20, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
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Experience the magic of New York City dressed to the nines for the holidays. The New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families not just in New York, but across the country. Marvel as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Supporting Sponsor: Brooks Brothers
Called "one of New York City's best holiday gifts to itself," and a chance to "See the city anew," by the New York Times, the Holiday Train Show is a winter wonderland full of twinkling lights and the sights and sounds of New York City at its best.
A visit to the Holiday Train Show is an entire day of fun. Sip a hot chocolate or grab a bite to eat at one of our Cafes, decorate gingersnaps, visit with Thomas the Tank Engine™ (January 1-9, 2011), and stroll through the 250 acres of the Garden's grounds, spectacularly decorated for the show. Still have some names on your holiday list? Find just the right gifts at Shop in the Garden.
Annual Favorites: The original Yankee Stadium, majestic St. Patrick's Cathedral, and some of New York's most treasured Hudson River mansions.
Trans World Airlines Flight Center, John F. Kennedy International Airport
Complete with miniature planes and runway, the iconic, Eero Saarinen-designed modernist masterpiece-in-miniature evokes a time when JFK was known as Idlewild and jet travel was luxurious.
Four more kid-friendly activities included with your show ticket:
Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Outdoor Galleries and Gingerbread Houses are open for exploration during regular garden hours.
Guided Gingerbread Activities take place:
Tuesdays - Fridays; 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Journey past handcrafted gingerbread houses created by some of the city's most imaginative bakers, and take an up-close tour of the spices used to make this holiday treat. Children can smell, touch, and taste cinnamon, ginger, and other ingredients, and then create a field notebook about their favorite discoveries.
Save room for some samples—decorating gingersnaps is part of the fun!
See gingerbread house creations from:
Tootle™ Theatrical Performance
Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
November 20–21, 23–28, December 3–5, 10–12, 17–19, 21–24, 26 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m, 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. each day except for these special show times:
Based on the third best-selling Little Golden Book® of all time, Tootle the Train™ engages children of all ages with a live performance using the book's original artwork, lively music, and help from the audience to tell the story of a young steam engine who prefers to play in the flowers but must learn to "stay on the rails no matter what!" if he is to become the grand Flyer from New York to Chicago.
© Random House, Inc., under license to Classic Media, LLC
The Little Engine That Could™ Puppet Show
Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
Join us for this whimsical production of the classic tale, presented by New York City's puppet master Ralph Lee. The story comes to life through old-fashioned steam engine puppets, each with its own eccentric personality.
© Penguin Group USA
Thomas the Tank Engine™ Visits
Saturday, January 1–Sunday, January 9, 2011;
Weekdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
The classic childhood friend is back! Mark the dates to come photograph your child with Thomas the Tank Engine™. Become certified as an honorary engineer, and take home Thomas & Friends™ coloring sheets, stickers, and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
Based on the Railway Series by the Reverend W. Awdry. © 2010 Gullane (Thomas) Limited