The New York Botanical Garden's Train Show rolls into the holiday season for its 28th year

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
New York City's favorite Holiday Train show is back!
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The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show rolls into the holiday season for its 28th year!

BRONX, New York -- The [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Holiday Train Show[/url] at the [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]New York Botanical Garden[/url] (NYBG) in Bronx Park is a seasonal tradition almost three decades in the making - featuring New York's favorite landmarks scaled-down and reimagined with flowers and plants of all kinds![br /][br /]Bringing about a sense of anticipation, pure wonderment and disbelief, the 28th Annual Holiday Train Show, once again, is stopping folks in their tracks.[br /][Ads /][br /]See more than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track. Don't forget to look up - New York City bridges come together to create an aerial display of trains soaring overhead.[br /][br /]"If you've never come before, you should definitely come this year because it's even bigger," said Thomas Mulhare, Director of Public Education at NYBG. "This has become a New York City tradition."[br /][br /]Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks - imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites - each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks.[br /][br /]The show started with the creator, Paul Busse and his company, [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Applied Imagination[/url], in 1992. What one may see as just a piece of bark or a fallen berry, Busse envisions as stone on the Brooklyn Bridge or an ornament on St. Patrick's Cathedral. [br /][br /]"He loves model trains, so he found a way to combine landscape architecture and model trains," said Steven Swanson, Associate Director of Public Relations at NYBG. "One thing I love is going back and looking at the replicas year in and year out, and seeing something new."[br /][Ads /][br /]This year's show - presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - showcases Central Park, with its iconic landscape fashioned in mosses and hollies, and architectural treasures such as Belvedere Castle.[br /][br /]"Each replica takes about 600 hours to create," said Mulhare.[br /][br /]Make your best holiday memories with crafts and carolers, seasonal treats, a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine™, and so much more! In the evening, the space magically transforms. Thousands of twinkling lights turn on, and the buildings have a mesmerizing amber glow.[br /][br /]And for adults only, there are [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]bar car nights[/url] that feature cocktails, fire twirling, and ice carving. Purchase a spiked hot chocolate and grab a bite from the [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-up[/url], then set out to explore the night's offerings. [br /][br /]Don't wait! The [url HREF="" TARGET="" REL=""]Holiday Train Show[/url] runs Saturday, November 23, 2019 - Sunday, January 26, 2020.