Amazing train shows pop up all around NYC during the holiday season; Why not go and see one for yourself? There are plenty of impressive 2017 picks to check out, including the holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden which incorporates natural materials, the holiday train show at Grand Central's New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store and "Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection."
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Holiday train shows in NYC
Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express
Inspired by the book (and film) The Polar Express, this Kingston, NY experience lets families ride jump aboard a real train (kids are welcome to come in their pajamas), hear the classic story read aloud, sip hot chocolate and get whisked away to the North Pole, where they'll even meet Santa! 149 Aaron Ct, Kingston, NY (845-688-7400, catskillmtrailroad.com). Nov 17–Dec 28 at various times. $32–$48.
The New Jersey Museum of Transportation Christmas Express
Dating back to 1952, the Pine Creek Railroad runs train rides for families each weekend (and most days during summer months), as has been tradition for more than 30 years. But come the holiday season, Santa climbs aboard and chats up all the kiddos (seriously—the website says every kid). 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, NJ (732-938-5524, njmt.org). Nov 24–26, Dec 3, 10, 17 11am–4pm; Dec 2, 9 16 11am–4:30pm. $6. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. All ages.
Greenburgh Nature Center Holiday Train Show
On select weekends in December, Greenburgh Nature Center presents a festive display your kids won't be able to get enough of! Here, the Yonkers Model Railroad Club presents an ultra-festive display that includes teeny diesel, steam and electric trains. Tykes will love hearing bells and whisles and seeing the detailed scenery these models weave through. 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale, NY (914-723-3470, greenburghnaturecenter.org). Dec 2–17 10am–4:30pm. $10, students $9, children ages 2–12 $8, under 2 free. All ages.
Danbury Railway Museum Holiday Train Rides
Enjoy a train ride in the Danbury Railway Museum's festive railyard, meet Santa in Toyland, see plenty of exhibits in a restored 1903 train station and partake in coloring and temporary tattoos to add to the fun! Each child leaves the experience with a free gift. 120 White St, Danbury, CT (203-778-8337, danbury.org/drm). Dec 9, 16 on the half hour 12:30pm–2:30pm, Dec 3, 10, 17 on the half hour 12:30–3:30pm. $12, under 2 free. Advance ticket reservations required. All ages.