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The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show® showcases Central Park–the most popular urban park in America–in the 28th year of this much-loved holiday event. Visitors are transported to a miniature wonderland as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. New replicas of Central Park’s iconic architectural features include Belvedere Castle, the Dairy, the Old Bandstand, the Angel of the Waters sculpture atop the Bethesda Fountain, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. They are arrayed in a tableau with existing Central Park replicas in NYBG’s collection, including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. In addition, famous New York buildings that are either adjacent to the park or just inside it are on display, including the Plaza Hotel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the American Museum of Natural History.

This year, the Holiday Train Show is presented in a uniquely immersive special exhibition space adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as the Conservatory’s palm dome undergoes restoration. The spacious, climate-controlled exhibition space will be located on the Conservatory Lawn.