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 2016 – 2017 dates for the train show are November 19, 2016 – January 16, 2017.

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).

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

Weekend and Peak Day tickets are regularly $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $22 for students with an ID,  and $10 for children ages 2 – 12.  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.

The popular Bar Car Nights also return this season, with special entertainment, activities, and treats for adults 21 and over. Groupon has discount tickets available for the Bar Car Nights


Goldstar has weekday adult tickets available for $16.00, but there’s a $3.00 service fee added that puts the final price up to $19. Regular full-price is $20, so you’ll save $1.

Groupon has discount tickets for the train show’s special Bar Car Nights, which are adults-only evenings that include entertainment and a cash bar. The Groupon tickets are $29 (regular full-price is $35). Bar Car Nights are November 19, 26, December 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30, and January 7 & 14.

Additional discount opportunities will be posted if they become available.


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