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New York Botanical Garden’s Stunning Holiday Train Show Is Now Open For The Season

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New York Botanical Garden’s Stunning Holiday Train Show Is Now Open For The Season

The 29th Annual Holiday Train Show is back at the New York Botanical Garden, available for members and patrons only.

Watch model trains travel through NYC landmarks—like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and others—as adorable miniatures made out of natural materials like birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks.

Since capacity is limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions, only members, patrons, corporate members, or Bronx community partners can score tickets to this year’s Holiday Train “in appreciation for their support,” said the NYBG Instagram. If your not a member or patron, don’t worry, there are still tons of holiday activities to do at the New York Botanical Garden this season. Or, of course, you can just become a member, since it is the perfect time of year to do so (you also get free admission to the park)!


Located at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the train show is an indoor winter wonderland that features 175 scaled buildings and famous landmarks of New York City like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and various others. The set features “nearly a half-mile of track hosting over a dozen large-scale model railway locomotives” traveling around this mini-city. The model opened Thursday, November 12, 2020 and will run until Sunday, January 31, 2021.


The Pine Tree Cafe is available for dining options with a “grab-and-go” format. Guests can even bring their own food so long as they eat it at the Picnic Pavilions.

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Visitors can additionally explore the Rockefeller Rose Garden, Chilton Azalea Garden, Native Plant Garden, and Perennial Garden across the 250-acre grounds.


Advanced tickets are required and it’s recommended that members and patrons purchase tickets as soon as possible because they do sell out. Tickets for the weekend of December 5th & 6th are already sold out!


Visiting dates for members and patrons according to NYBG website:

Member, Patron, and Corporate Member Access: November 12-January 31

Bronx Community Partner Days: December 10 & January 17

Tickets for the event can be purchased through NYBG’s website.

featured image source: NYBG

See also: NYBG’s Luminous New Color-And-Light Experience Will Enchant NYers This Holiday Season

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