Watch in amazement as model trains zoom through the magical display. Photo courtesy of NYBG
Watch in amazement as model trains zoom through the magical display. Photo courtesy of NYBG

The NYBG Holiday Train Show: What's New in 2018

The towering skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan are ready for their star turn in this year's Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, opening November 17, 2018 and running through January 21, 2019. We may still be a few weeks from Halloween, but the annual train show is a NYC Christmas tradition worth looking forward to.

New York old and new takes center stage as replicas of the Woolworth Building, completed in 1913, and the soaring One World Trade Center, opened in 2014, highlight the new additions. Read on for a peek at what else is new, plus everything you need to know about visiting this popular holiday attraction with kids.

Iconic NYC landmarks were created for the holiday train show. 

Joining the towering new buildings are other NYC neighborhood landmarks including a replica of the Oculus, the Battery Park Control House, and the Terminal Warehouse. And while the trains are always the stars of the show, 2018 marks the first time its creators have set sail. Two replica vintage ferry boats join the display, alongside the Battery Maritime Building, best known these days for its ferries to Governors Island.

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Lush landscapes surround detailed replicas of over 150 beloved NYC landmarks.

These new buildings and boats are just a few of the more than 150 New York landmarks on display, including last year's all-new Midtown display. Each is painstakingly crafted from plant materials by the team at Applied Imagination and, along with more than 25 G-scale model trains zooming through the display, come together to create a truly magical only-in-NYC holiday experience.

As always, the show includes an All Aboard with Thomas and Friends performance later in the season, and there are more train-themed activities, such as pretend play on the Evergreen Express and outdoor exploration of the winter garden.

Tickets are required and included in an All-Garden Pass. Plan to purchase a timed-entry pass in advance for popular times. 

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