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New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show


Bronx, New York

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

For the 22nd year, the annual Christmas tradition returns: the Holiday Train Show displayed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden. Saturday, November 16, 2013 – Monday, January 12, 2014.

More than a dozen large-scale model railway trains—from late-1800s American steam engines and streetcars to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys—traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. More than 140 scaled iconic buildings, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Radio City Music Hall, and the original Yankee Stadium. Thomas the Tank Engine™ is even there.

Of interest is the Artist’s Studio, which shows how the replicas are constructed. Models in varying stages of completion, from the framing of the landmark structures to the addition of plant part details such as magnolia leaf roof shingle,s are on display.

Visiting- Holiday Train Show

Advanced reservations strongly recommended. Admission to the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is by advance timed ticket. Tickets sold in 15-minute increments.

Note: Strollers cannot be taken into the Conservatory

Weekdays: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., including Friday, November 29 (day after Thanksgiving)

Holiday Weeks (Monday, December 16–Wednesday, January 1): 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Early closings: December 13 and 24; 3 p.m.

Closed: November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas)



Bellingrath Gardens and Home


Mobile, Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Bellingrath Gardens encompasses more than 65 acres, along with a 15-room museum home and the Bayou Boardwalk. The signature rose garden is a test site for All-America Rose Selections and features more than 2,000 roses in over 75 varieties. Voted “Top Public Rose Garden in the United States” in 2004 by All-America Rose Selections.
One of the most photographed areas is the Rockery, a series of flag stone steps with small terraces, waterfalls and pools descending between an elaborately built rock garden.

The property was originally the fishing camp of Walter Bellingrath, Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler. The gardens got their start as his wife, Bessie Morse Bellingrath, began bringing cuttings from their Mobile garden to the property to develop gardens. According to the garden’s history: “In the spring of 1932, the Bellingraths opened their property along the Fowl River up to a Depression-weary public for a day of azalea gazing. The response was phenomenal, as the roads between Mobile and the Gardens became one long traffic jam. The astounded couple decided to open the Gardens permanently, while charging a fee to assist in their care and upkeep.”
Open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day. Hours from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
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