2. Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is back and bigger than ever this year as the “mini metropolis” made out of plant materials takes over a new space adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (The Conservatory is undergoing restoration). The 28th annual train show features miniature versions of buildings found throughout New York City, and the Hudson Valley, constructed out of natural materials such as leaves, acorns, twigs and seeds, arranged around a web of tracks with model trains zipping by. New to the show this year are plant-based versions of the historic structures of Central Park.
Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, the Dairy, the Namburg Bandshell, the Bow Bridge and the Oak Bridge make up the fleet of new replicas you will find at the train show this year. They join existing replicas of the Swedish Cottage, Marionette Theater, the Old Bandstand and several Fifth Avenue museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Guggenheim, to create a tableau of the Central Park area of Manhattan.