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For almost two decades, The New York Botanical Garden has ushered in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Train Show, featuring exquisite replicas of New York landmarks and landscapes—each meticulously handcrafted using botanical materials such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pods, pine cones, twigs, bark and berries—and brought to life by the chugging engines of model trains.

Wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights,model trains and trolleys zip along over bridges and on winding tracks past scaled replicas of New York landmarks made by award-winning designer Paul Busse.

“The New York Botanical Garden is pleased to bring the Holiday Train Show to New Yorkers and our City’s visitors for the 18th holiday season,” said Gregory Long, botanical garden president.

“New among our landmarks this year is the original Pennsylvania Station, a spectacular 20-square-foot masterpiece created in exquisite detail from nearly two dozen types of plant parts.

Penn Station joins perennial favorites Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Midtown Manhattan skyline among the more than 120 landmarks in this magical holiday exhibition that delights all ages. Include the Botanical Garden in your holiday plans and get more information at nybg.org.”

“This holiday season, the show at The New York Botanical Garden takes you to a magical time and place and is a must-see for kids of all ages,” said Barbara Lorber of the NYC & Company Foundation. “We are delighted to designate The New York Botanical Garden as NYC & Company’s Culture Spot for December.”

Entry to the Holiday Train Show is included with the purchase of the All-Garden Pass (includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions, including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and the Tram Tour).

The famous tale The Little Engine That Could TM will come alive in a puppet show for the entire family, which will be presented in Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall. Free with admission.

Gingerbread Adventures: in this hands-on program in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, kids can explore the plant ingredients of gingerbread (such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves, plant wheat seeds), create a field research notebook, and decorate gingersnap cookies. Free with admission.

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