This holiday season, would you like to feel very very big? Oh, is that not something you had considered? Weird, but okay. Maybe if you check out the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden you will understand this sentiment a little better. From November 23rd (Saturday) to January 26th, 2020, you can see over 175 of NYC's best-known attractions, all shrunken down to mouse size and crammed into a single space, for your viewing pleasure.
What will you find as you, a keenly observant giant, loom over the cityscape? Well, a bark Statue of Liberty; Coney Island's Wonder Wheel, with little acorns for cars; a whorled tree stump Guggenheim Museum — oh, sorry, right: All the sites have been recreated with organic, and rather festive, materials like twigs and cinnamon sticks and holly and fungus. Basically, it's the Big Apple scaled way down and reimagined as the kind of village highly imaginative birds might build. And throughout all of it, trains! It is, after all, a train show. What else did you expect?
"Exactly this," you — a person who has weathered an NYC December before — may be muttering to yourself right this very moment. And yeah, you'll be able to see 25 G-scale model trains chug along nearly half-a-mile of track this year, as in years past. But get this: 2019's special focus will be on Central Park, ft. Belvedere Castle ("a Victorian 'folly,'" per the NYBG), the Naumburg Bandshell, Bethesda Terrace, and other famous places I won't spoil for you now. If you have the means, just go visit the trains. They're putting on this show for you, after all. All-Garden passes are generally $23 for adults and $10 for kids, but you can find more info here.
But maybe you are looking to feel something a little different this holiday season; maybe you'd like to know what it feels like to actually be a train, the wind whistling along your naked metallic flanks, smoke pouring out your head, wheels pistoning determinedly along your underbelly as you wind through the moss piles and the leaves. No problem, we can help with that. All you ever had to do was ask: