New York, being the City that it is, has not one, but two fantastic miniature train shows each holiday season. They are both beloved by children of all ages and like the Christmas windows in various stores and the Christmas trees scattered around NYC, they are a comforting and reliable reminder that there are indeed some constants in this world of rapid change.
The New York Botanical Gardens are at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx and each year during the holiday season the Garden staff mount the Annual Train Show. With half a mile of tracks, small trains run around and sail past a huge array of replicas of famous NYC buildings of various sorts. They will go past the Little Red Lighthouse, the Guggenheim Museum and the Washington Square Arch and , many more.
What makes these buildings so wonderful is that they are made from bark, twigs, leaves and branches sourced from within the Botanical Gardens themselves. The track, trains and buildings are a glorious spectacle and eagerly welcomed each year. Lots of children go to see the trains but if you want more adult company there’s a special cocktail showing each evening too.
The Train show is on from November 21st 2015 – Jan 18th 2016 and the Botanical Gardens are easy to get to. If driving come off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 7W and if you come by subway get a B, D, or 4 train to the Bedford Park Boulevard Station. To book online go to Botanical Gardens Train Show
Each year the Transit Museum Annex and Store readies itself for the display of the MTA’s Annual Holiday Train Show. The Transit Annex is at Vanderbilt Hall, Vanderbilt Avenue at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. The Train Show is on from Nov 14th 2015 – February 21st 2016.
What is on display is a small scale, 2 story version of Grand Central Terminal itself with tracks that ultimately takes the trains to a Diaorama of the North Pole. Now I wonder who lives there? Trains are prefect replicas of various vintagte models the MTA has run at various times, see the second video.
To get further details go to Annual Holiday Grand Central Train Show. Unlike the Botanical Gardens show you do not need to book you can just go and look but it is set up right beside the Transit Museum Store and small children usually see something they would love.
Both of these Train shows are quite wonderful, complete in all their miniature details with trains merrily rolling along the tracks. You can go to either one or go train mad and see both. Have a great Holiday Season.