Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show's behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound.
Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, musical performances, and activities for kids, plus take care of your gift list at NYBG Shop and stop for a bite at one of our exciting new dining venues. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday outing!
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The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 150 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Step into a city in miniature where famed New York architecture is recreated using bark, leaves, and other natural materials, all of it held within the biggest exhibition space in Holiday Train Show® history. In the Reflecting Pool, see a finale of light and sound that features the Unisphere and other iconic structures from the 1964 World's Fair. New for 2015, see a completely reimagined replica of the New York Public Library!Slideshow
This year, look for more model trains than ever before, with a quarter-mile of track hosting over a dozen large-scale model railway locomotives. Don’t forget to look up as you explore—a number of new bridges featured in this year's exhibition come together to create an aerial display of trains soaring overhead!Slideshow
What one may see as just a piece of bark or a fallen berry, Holiday Train Show® creator Paul Busse envisions as stone on the Brooklyn Bridge or an ornament on St. Patrick's Cathedral. On a walk through the woods on his property in Alexandria, Kentucky, where he and his wife, Margaret, run their design company Applied Imagination, he and the artists on his team inevitably bring back some interesting tidbit that can be used in crafting one of his magical displays.
Paul's reputation as a designer of wondrous landscapes built around trains and structures made from plant parts took off when he mounted the first Holiday Train Show® for The New York Botanical Garden in 1992. Since then, he has produced special exhibits for many other venues around the country; his current work can be viewed at:
Festive and fun outdoor activities set the scene for experiencing the Holiday Train Show® during these nights for adults. Pick up a complimentary cocktail, beer, or glass
of wine as you explore the Haupt Conservatory after dark, before heading outside for seasonal fun including live music; ice sculpting; fire performances; and warming spiked cocoa from Frosty's Schnapps Haus, a new outdoor dining option open during the exhibition.