Take part in a range of family-friendly events and activities during New York City’s favorite train show. Enjoy live music and poetry; indulge in warming classics from NYBG’s many dining options; and explore a 250-acre winter wonderland.

The 2015–2016 show has ended. Details about the 25th Annual Holiday Train Show® on November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017 will be posted soon.
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Family Adventures

Evergreen Express

November 20, 2015–January 24, 2016
In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

Hop aboard the Evergreen Express for lively activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, where each station stop offers something new to create or explore! Step into Discovery Center Depot to explore plant parts from assorted evergreens, as well as make herbarium pressings of a conifer specimen and craft a miniature scented sachet to take home. Create a train puppet inspired by master puppeteer Ralph Lee and join a musical marching parade (weekends and school holidays). Enjoy the wonders of winter as you explore the trails of the Adventure Garden on a hike in search of beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs, play on our kid-sized train engine, and put on a puppet show in the Woodland Theater.

Dates & Times

  • Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Weekends; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • November 27 & 28; December 26; 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • December 27–January 1; 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Winter Harmonies Concert Series: Family Concerts

December 13 & 20; 2 p.m.
In Ross Hall

New this year, families can enjoy a special concert just for kids, offering a chance to learn about the different instruments that create these unique melodies. The dynamic young ensemble Le Train Bleu, with renowned flutist Ransom Wilson as its music director, perform recognizable pieces—Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto on December 13 and "Winter" on December 20. Conversations with the artists, moderated by series curator and composer Laura Kaminsky, allow for unique insights into the music, instruments, and the music-making process.

See the performance schedule.

Special tickets required.
Non-Member Adult: $35 / Child: $23 (also includes All-Garden Pass admission to the Holiday Train Show, a $30/$18 value)
Member Adult: $15 / Child: $10

All Aboard with Thomas & FriendsTM

January 2–24
In Ross Hall

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Make sure to have a professional photo taken with Thomas to capture the special day! Seating is first-come, first-served, and begins 30 minutes prior to your show time. Admission to the Thomas & Friends performance is included with the purchase of select Holiday Train Show tickets; specific timed tickets must be reserved. Ticket Alerts.

Dates & Times

  • Weekends, January 2–17; 9 a.m. (Members Only), 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, & 5:30 p.m.
  • Weekends, January 23 & 24; 11 a.m., 1:30, & 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 18; 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, & 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays–Fridays, January 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 22; 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

© 2016 Gullane (Thomas) Limited

Cooking with Frida

Hands-on activities in the Edible Academy's Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden bring together children and their families to experience the colors, textures, smells, and tastes of Frida Kahlo's Mexican kitchen. Cooking demonstrations feature recipes inspired by those Frida served to family and friends, using nutritious, garden-based ingredients. Visitors can explore and tend to the plant staples of Mexican cuisine growing throughout the Family Garden: beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles, herbs, and more!

Find your favorite recipes below, and check back throughout the run of FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life for new and delicious suggestions!