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In its 24th Year, the Holiday Train Show is Bigger than Ever

Posted in Holiday Train Show on October 19 2015, by Matt Newman

Holiday Train ShowNearly a half-mile of track winds its way through the Haupt Conservatory come November, when a twinkling 24-year tradition of model trains and cityscapes in miniature returns to NYBG for another winter season. The Holiday Train Show has fast become New York City’s most beloved holiday pastime, a moment when children, parents, and train lovers alike flock to the Garden for a stroll through the nostalgic little world that we’ve dreamed up. And this year, we’re doing it bigger than ever.

Beginning November 21, the show brings along 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making plenty of room for more trains, tracks, and bridges. Look for locomotives chugging along overhead and zipping between 150 landmarks crafted from bark, leaves, and other plant parts; among them, our brand-new Conservatory replica, reimagined just last year, is joined in 2015 by a jaw-dropping model of the New York Public Library building.

Don’t expect to go hungry while you’re here, either. Alongside our year-round offerings, like the casual dining of the Pine Tree Café and the full-service experience of the Hudson Garden Grill, stop for family-friendly seasonal treats from our new Gingerbread Café. And if you’re looking to warm up amid the snow flurries, head to the new Frosty’s Schnapps Haus in the Visitor Center, where fresh-made pretzels and hot spiked drinks are sure to hit the spot before you set off to explore our winter wonderland.

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Weekends after sunset are another opportunity to see the Holiday Train Show, this time from an entirely different perspective. Select Friday and Saturday evenings will be set aside for Bar Car Nights, our hit after-dark events for adults. Enjoy a warming cocktail as you stroll the Conservatory and take in the show under the lights, then head outside for live music, hot food, ice carvers, fire dancers, and more.

And for kids, Thomas & Friends is back for another year of lively mini-performances in Ross Hall, with Driver Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine welcoming the audience to sing along on their adventure.

Holiday Train Show

Far be it from a time of hibernation at the Garden, winter is one of the most incredible times of year to pay us a visit. But grab tickets early—preferred dates for these events and more won’t wait around!