The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens features model trains traveling around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory amongst over 140 replicas of New York City landmarks. The replicas are created using only plants, which is truly amazing to see. The landmark replicas are made by award-winning designer Paul Busse, and each year the collection of replicas grows. New additions are marked with special signs making it easy to find them.
The Holiday Train Show is popular with families. Children love watching the trains and finding buildings that they recognize, while adults will be impressed with the detail and beauty of the New York landmarks.
Tips for Visiting the Holiday Train Show at NYBG:
- It takes 45-60 minutes to walk through the Holiday Train show.
- Housed in the Garden's Conservatory, the Holiday Train Show is great to visit no matter what the weather outside might be like.
- Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines.
- Visit during the week or early in the day to avoid crowds.
- Strollers aren't allowed inside the exhibit, but there is room to leave them outside.
- Tickets are more expensive during the holiday breaks and on weekends.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $20-25; Students/Seniors: $18-22; Children 2-12: $10-15; Children under 2 & Members: Free
Holiday Train Show Hours
Weekdays: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., including Friday, November 29 (day after Thanksgiving)
Holiday Weeks (Monday, December 16–Wednesday, January 1): 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Early closings: December 13 and December 24, 3 p.m.
Closed: November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas)