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UPDATED November 2016: Visit New York Botanical Garden, Grand Central Terminal, and New-York Historical Society for their holiday train shows and plenty of other family-friendly activites for the 2016 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.
New-York Historical Society: Historical Train WeekendBring the whole family to explore the NYHS’s train show, Holiday Express. Take part in a train scavenger hunt, crafts, and story time. Conductor Abe will also be on hand to entertain.
WHEN: Dec. 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-3:30pmWHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West SideAGES: 5-17WANT TO GO? $20; $15 seniors; $12 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train ShowCelebrate 25 years of the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show. Watch as enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks—each created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials.
WHEN: Nov. 19-Dec. 12, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pmWHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., BronxAGES: AllWANT TO GO? $25; $10 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-817-8700. nybg.org
NYHS's Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni CollectionIf you don't want to travel all the way to the Bronx to see a holiday train show, check out the The New-York Historical Society's own take on the holiday tradition, now in its third year. The first floor of the museum will be transformed into a choo-choo lovers' delight with the installation of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements, and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing an amazing range of vintage toys from a bygone era. While it isn't be the biggest holiday train show, Holiday Express will still delight little train lovers thanks to the beautiful detail of the pieces. The exhibition uses movement, sound, and audiovisual components to bring it to life.
WHEN: Oct. 28-Feb. 26, Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays, 10am-6pm; Fridays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-5pmWHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West SideAGES: 5-17WANT TO GO? $20; $15 seniors; $12 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.
FREE 15th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand CentralPresented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34-foot long layout. You can also pick up great gifts for train fans at the museum store, check out the holiday fair, and explore the dining and shopping options in Grand Central Market.
WHEN: Nov. 12-Feb. 28, Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pmWHERE: Grand Central Terminal, NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown|AGES: AllWANT TO GO? nytransitmuseum.org.
Greenburgh Nature Center Holiday Train ShowTrain lovers of all ages will love the HO gauge model trains on display among replicas of area landmarks, courtesy of Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Members of the club will be available to answer questions.
WHEN: Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pmWHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NYAGES: AllWANT TO GO? $10; $8 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.
11th Annual Holiday Express Train Show Opening NightBe one of the first to see the Holiday Express Train Show at Fairfield Museum. Visitors will delight in the magic of the model trains winding around a winter wonderland with beautiful holiday scenery. This year visitors will enjoy a craft activity, cider, and cookies.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 5-8:30pmWHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CTAGES: AllWANT TO GO? $3; free for children younger than 6; $10 for four people. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.
Fairfield Museum Holiday Express Train ShowTake in the magic of a perfect holiday scene...in miniature! For one free admission to the Holiday Express Train Show at Fairfield Museum bring a new, unwrapped toy for a girl or boy, newborn to 10 years old for Al's Angels Toy Drive. The toys will be distributed to children with cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship.
WHEN: Dec. 3-Jan. 8, daily, 10am-4pm; Toy Drive: Dec. 5-11, Check the website for specific dates and timesWHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CTAGES: AllWANT TO GO? $5; $3 seniors and students; free for children younger than 6. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.
Build a Train WorkshopPut together wooden parts with glue to construct a mini model train. Finish your toy by painting it with colorful and creative designs. It is recommended that participants bring a smock for painting. Pre-register at fairfieldmuseumtrainshow6.eventbrite.com.
WHEN: Dec. 27-30, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-12pm and 1-2pmWHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CTAGES: 5-8WANT TO GO? $5. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.
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Main image: The Jerni Collection at New-York Historical Society’s Holiday Express.Courtesy New-York Historical Society
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