Choo, choo. Who doesn’t love trains. NYC has three annual holiday miniature train shows, including one that’s FREE, and you can get to all of them by the NYC train called the subway. Take the kids, take yourself.
New York Transit Museum Annex Gallery in Grand Central Terminal hosts a city-like display, in which trains travel through tunnels and subway stops and pass familiar NYC locations and buildings. The display is open seven days a week through mid-February.
- And don’t forget the MTA Nostalgia Train every Sunday in December, when you can ride vintage subway cars from the 1930s to 1970s.
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection includes showcases full of individual vintage toy train cars and structures, plus full trains that circle on tracks overhead. At the New York Historical Society, 77th St. and Central Park West, through the end of February.
The New York Botanical Garden hosts the largest of the city’s toy train exhibits, in which toy travel through vignettes of past and present NYC scenes, including miniature versions of the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the Botanical Garden. Through mid-January. There also are discount tickets for adults-only evening tours of the train exhibit, with complimentary cocktails, ice carving demonstations and more. Get tickets here for Bar Car Nights.
If you are a fan of gingerbread houses, the world’s largest gingerbread house is at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Gingerbread Lane has just been certified – again – by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest.