Holiday Train Shows
by Erin O’Hara, 12/05/2008
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'Tis the season for New York holiday traditions—roasted chestnuts, Santas clanging bells on street corners, breathtaking window displays and, of course, holiday train shows. Be sure to catch these displays, where model trains traverse re-creations of New York City and other far-flung destinations.
Grand Central Terminal is a must-see destination year-round, but it's probably the most magical during the holidays. The Holiday Train Show, located in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex, is one of the most popular in the City. Its model trains—including Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and subway trains operating on the same bi-level layout for the first time—travel all around the City, and some even make a stop at the North Pole. While you're visiting the display (up through January 18, 2010), stop by the Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall (through December 24) to shop for some unique presents, and don't miss the laser light show on the ceiling of the Main Concourse (on the hour and half hour, between 11am and 9pm, through December 31).
The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a one-of-a-kind treasure. The Holiday Train Show, snuggled in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, features more than 100 landmarks— including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the original Yankee Stadium—that have been crafted from all-natural materials ranging from cinnamon sticks to pinecones. Kids and adults alike will be astonished by this natural NYC wonderland, on display through January 10, 2010. If you're bringing children along, be sure to take part in Gingerbread Adventures, view a puppet show of The Little Engine That Could and say hello to Thomas the Tank Engine. Visit nybg.org for details on the dates and times of these kid-friendly activities. Admission to the Holiday Train Show also gives visitors access to the rest of the gardens, which offer more than enough to make a day of it.