About the Landmarks
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. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan, with iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders sharing the spotlight among old and new collection favorites that define this celebrated district.
About the Trains
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—NYC bridges come together to create an aerial display of trains soaring overhead!
About the Artist
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 here.