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Gothamist would love to head up to the Bronx to check out the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show. Models of various New York landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Apollo Theater, and Brooklyn Bridge are made from flora (leaves, twigs, berries, pinecones, seeds, etc.), with trains and trolleys running throughout the Conservatory. It might be a great way to enjoy Christmas in New York without being in Midtown.

Look at photos of the Holiday Train show. It's just a Metro North train ride to the Garden's gates (directions).