Trains are as much a part of New York life as our Seastreak ferries. New Yorkers are a people on the move, after all, and they’ve been riding the rails for decades. In all the time that locomotives have moved along tracks, the train has migrated into our holiday traditions, and become one of the symbols of Christmas. Celebrate the train’s place in our holiday celebrations by visiting the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens! It’s at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, and the display runs until January 19.

Holiday Train Show 1

On Track for a Day of Fun

The New York Botanical Garden has created a miniature city amid the plants and greenery of the gardens in the Haupt Conservatory. A tiny New York nestles into the landscape, with more than 150 re-created buildings made out of bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Around these buildings run G-scale trains, chugging past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other landmarks on a quarter mile of track.

Holiday Train Show 2

Night Train in New York

While the train show has plenty of appeal for kids, there’s something special for adults, too. This season, after dark at the Botanical Garden, you can climb aboard for Bar Car Nights! Get a complimentary cocktail, and enjoy a nighttime view of the Holiday Train Show. Journey through a series of stops, which include ice carving demonstrations, and snacks like spiked hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. There’s even jazz sets in the Pine Tree Café, and performances by the Cirque de Light.

Holiday Train Show 3

The trains in the Holiday Train Show go by tiny reproductions of our city’s best-known landmarks, but Seastreak ferries go by the real thing! Headed to Manhattan, or back out to New Jersey? Catch a ride with Seastreak.


Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

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