Not one but TWO holiday train shows are opening in our dear city this weekend, and they're cooler than ever. When you're through exploring the city's best ice-skating rinks, stop by the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday, November 15th, for the NYBG's 23rd Annual Train Show, complete with 150 iconic buildings crafted from leaves, sticks, bark and other found materials. Curious kids will see miniature G-scale trains buzz around a collection of iconic destinations like the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty on a quarter-mile of track.
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If the sparkling setup at the NYBG hasn't quite satisfied your kid's need for speed, you're in luck. Take a trip to the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal to see vintage O-gauge Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains—all Lionel—depart a miniature Grand Central at their holiday train show. Starting Sunday, November 16th, they'll zip along two levels of track (34 feet in total) and will be accompanied by 1930s Lionel advertisements.
NYBG Holiday Train Show: Nov 15-Jan 19, New York Botanical Garden,2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx (718-817-8700, nybg.org) Weekdays $20, students with a valid ID $18, children 2-12 $10. Weekends $28, students with a valid ID $26, children 2-12 $16. Buy tickets here.
Grand Central Holiday Train Show: November 16-Feb 22, New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St between Park and Vanderbilt Aves (grandcentralterminal.com). Free.