Holiday Train Show … A Different Kind of Date


Come to The New York Botanical Garden for an old-fashioned outing.

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps, break for lunch and hot chocolate, and shop for everyone on your list. Get Your Tickets!

About the Holiday Train Show

More landmarks and trains than ever before!

The Landmarks

The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, the landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones and include the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Trains

Large scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground–a quarter-mile of track, to be specific. Late-1800s American steam engines and streetcars travel alongside modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys. Cable cars travel over the Conservatory’s reflecting pool. Even Thomas the Tank Engine™ joins the fleets, which traverse across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks.

The Artist’s Studio

Back by popular demand, The Artist’s Studio shows how the replicas are constructed and displays models in varying stages of completion, from the framing of the landmark structures to the addition of plant part details such as magnolia leaf roof shingles and radish seed marquee lights.

New This Year

– A replica of Macy’s flagship location (“the miracle on 34th Street”) greets you as you enter the Haupt Conservatory
– Keep an eye out for a working model of the Roosevelt Island Tram at the back of the Conservatory Palm Dome pool
– The Artist’s Studio features two botanically inspired trolleys and a train, each running on their own separate tracks
– Also in The Artist’s Studio, see Applied Imagination’s other creations, including replicas of national and international sites and landmarks such as the Sphinx, Route 66 Diner, the Parthenon, and the Boston Harbor Lighthouse

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