“The Holiday Train Show at the NYBG was magical, as always. Thanks for making my winter complete.”
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 on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions.
Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, a cappela performances, Winter Harmonies Concerts, a poetry reading with recently named NYBG poet laureate, Billy Collins, and activities for kids.
—Ellen G., Facebook
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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. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions.Slideshow
Look for more model trains than ever before, with nearly a half-mile of track hosting over a dozen large-scale model railway locomotives. Don’t forget to look up as you explore—the NYC 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:
Some of New York's most exciting seasonal outings, Bar Car Nights are on track for another incredible year. Enjoy an after-hours evening at the Holiday Train Show® with ice carving demonstrations under the starlight, pop-up acts by some of NYC's favorite street performers, and live music set in the warmth of the Pine Tree Café. The Holiday Train Show gets rolling inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and features model trains zipping over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, leaves and pine cones.
And in true “bar car” fashion, the evening will feature plenty of drink specials and a selection of spiked hot beverages.