Winter Break: Holiday Train Show


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If want to see the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden you’ve only got a handful of days left. The show closes on Monday, January 2, which is the last day of Winter Break for Verona’s public schools.

This is the 20th year for the show, which is comprised of G-scale model trains that ride along on a half-mile of track inside the Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

This year, as in year’s past, the trains will glide past models of a variety of New York City landmarks. photographer Fred Goode went last year, and we’re showcasing his photos again here. But there are several new things happening too: This year, the Garden has an exhibit showing  how the replicas are constructed, from start to finish.

From Monday to Thursday, New York City puppet master Ralph Lee will present “The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show”, based on the book of the same name about about a very determined train. From Friday to Sunday, there’s a film festival with holiday classics and cartoons. The Garden will also be giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a PBS documentary on the train show.

The New York Botanical Garden is located two miles north of I-95 (the Cross Bronx Expressway), between Southern Boulevard and the Bronx River parkway and across Fordham Road from the Bronx Zoo. The show will be open from Monday, December 26 to Monday, January 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, $15 for children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free, as are members. There’s also a $12 charge for parking. The 50-acre Garden itself is also open during the show, so plan time for wandering.

If you are going this week, you really should buy your tickets ahead of time online. They are sold for timed entrances every 15 minutes.

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Fred Goode’s photos of the train show may be purchased through his Web site.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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