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.
Last year, this holiday tradition was only open to Garden members, but this year it’s back for the entire public! Get tickets here.
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 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys ” traveling around this mini-city.
The model opened Saturday, November 20, 2021 and will run until Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You’ll also see miniatures of the NYBG buildings, from the Haupt Conservatory itself to — new for this year — the majestic LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, a designated New York City landmark.
And don’t forget to look up while you’re there—trains soar over your head as well where the NYC bridges come together!
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 recommended to guarantee admission, and visitors should purchase tickets as soon as possible because they do sell out! Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination and ID is required for entry to indoor exhibition spaces and facilities, and all dining areas.
Also published on Medium.