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Where to See Holiday Train Shows in NYC

Where to See Holiday Train Shows in NYC

Visit New York Botanical Garden, Grand Central Terminal, and New-York Historical Society for their holiday train shows and plenty of other family-friendly activities for the 2017 winter season.

There is nothing like a train show to delight children (and adults) of all ages. Come see the intricate and amazing displays in NYC and the surrounding area this holiday season. It’s the perfect way to spend time with family and marvel at holiday attractions. 

Holiday Train Shows in New York City


FREE 17th Annual Holiday Train Show
WHEN: Through Feb. 3, 2019, daily, 6am-8pm
WHERE: Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown
WHAT: Kids can watch in awe as little Lionel trains roll along a 34-foot-long, two-level track that looks just like a mini NYC with a nearby countryside. The scenery even includes its very own North Pole. Plus, parents will love spying vintage trains from the Transit Museum’s collection.
WANT TO GO? 212-340-2583.

Holiday Train Show
WHEN: Through Jan. 21, 2019, Tuesdays-Sundays 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx 
WHAT: More than 150 miniature landmarks are created from plant materials. Come watch trains make their way through the Statue of Liberty, and so much more. This year's show features replicas of the Empire State Building. 
WANT TO GO? See website for weekday and weekend pricing. 718-817-8700.

Extra Train Fun in New York City

Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Through Dec. 30, Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn 
AGES: Tween, Teen
WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in an incredibly realistic game.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-694-1792.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Nov. 26, Friday-Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown NY 10017
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: In this family scavenger hunt, kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of midtown's most stunning train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery.
WANT TO GO? $17.50-$21.50. 877-946-4868.

Holiday Train Shows in the Surrounding Area

The Model Railroad Club Holiday Light and Sound Show
WHEN: Nov. 23-25,30, Dec. 1,2,7,8,9 see website for times
WHERE: A. Paul Mallery Model Railroading Center, 295 Jefferson Ave., Union, NJ
WHAT: Theatrical 30-minute show on one of the largest model railroads in the country with stage lighting, sound, and with the trains serving as the actors in the play.
WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors; $5 children.


13th Annual Fairfield Museum Holiday Express Train Show

WHEN: Dec. 1-Dec. 31, 2018, daily; see website for times
WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT
WHAT: A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition! Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of this wondrous display of model trains winding around beautiful holiday scenery.
WANT TO GO? $5; $3 seniors and students (6-22); free for members and children 5 and younger. 203-259-1598.

Build Your Own!

GingerBread Lane 2018 Workshops
WHEN: Nov. 10-Jan. 21,2019, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona 
WHAT: Visitors marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.WANT TO GO? $16 adults; $13 children, students, and seniors; 718-699-0005. 

Build a Train Workshop
WHEN: Dec. 26-28, 11am-12pm and 1-2pm
WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Put together wooden parts to make and paint a mini train!
WANT TO GO? $5. 203-259-1598.


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Main image: The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show features more than 150 replicas of New York City landmarks made entirely from natural materials.
Courtesy New York Botanical Garden

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