Miniature building and train at botanical garden train show.

Holiday Train show at The New York Botanical Gardens

The New York Botanical Garden’s holiday train show is a well-loved NYC holiday tradition. This isn’t your average model train show. All the little buildings are replicas of NYC landmarks, and they’re all made out of plant materials. The level of detail they achieve is wonderful.  The 2014 – 2015 dates for the train show are November 15, 2014 – January 19, 2015.

The buildings are arranged in settings with real plants. Model trains make their way through the display. It’s all set up in the Conservatory building, where it’s nice and warm (tip: dress in layers – it may be cold outside, but the conservatory is always warm).

Weekend and Peak Day tickets are regularly $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $26 for students with an ID,  and $16 for children ages 2 – 12.   (Peak days are December 15 – January 2).  It’s cheaper to go on a weekday when tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $18 for students with an ID, and $10 for children ages 2 – 12.

If you have a Mastercard, you can save 10% off select weekday admissions when you purchase online at the Botanical Garden website.

In addition to the train show, there are concerts, poetry readings and other events and activities scheduled.  The popular Box Car Nights also return this season, with special entertainment, activities, and treats for adults 21 and over.

City Guide article with photos and information about this year’s show.

Goldstar has discount Tuesday – Friday tickets to the holiday train show.  The discounted tickets are  $7.00 ($9.50 with service fees) for children’s admission and $14.00 ($17.00 with service fees) for adult admission.

LivingSocial has discount weekday tickets to the train show as well as discount tickets for the Winter Harmonies Concert Series and Bar Car Nights.  See the offer details.

Gilt also has discount box car nights tickets: The New York Botanical Garden – Bar Car Night Ticket for One: $29


This is a very popular event and it sells out. Tickets are timed and sold in 15 minute increments.

Additional discount opportunities will be posted if they become available.

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Realistic reproductions of NYC skyscrapers, made of branches, bark and other plant materials.

New York City’s famous landmarks recreated in miniature with all natural plant materials