There are lots of great train rides to take this winter, but if you prefer a smaller scale, check out one of these incredible model train shows. Many have a holiday theme!
November 19 – January 16, 2023
Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY
See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods and cinnamon sticks.
Model Railway Show
High Mountain Road, North Haledon
The Garden State Model Railway Club now features two large operating layouts with multiple engines running at all times, including steam and diesel locomotives, Thomas & Friends, freight and passenger trains. A separate hands-on layout for children allows them to control their first train. There is also a block layout for toddlers, with plenty of chairs for moms and dads to take a break and watch their little ones play.
Weekends, Nov. 25 – Dec. 11
Holiday Train Show
A. Paul Mallery Model Railroading Center, Union
Parents and kids can tour the trains and layout up-close and get an insider’s peek at the expansion that’s currently under construction. See how track is being hand-laid, how mountains and scenery are created, and find out about the planning and engineering that goes into the club’s bi-level corkscrew loop. In addition to the HO-scale trains featured in the show, there are G-scale and N-scale layouts on display, a small play area and a gift shop.
November 26 – 27
Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show
New Jersey Convention Center, Edison
Great American Train Shows is the nation’s only coast-to-coast train show company. The train shows are designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All scales are welcome as are books, videos and railroadiana.
Every day, November 26 – December 30 (closed Dec. 25 and 26)
Holiday Model Train Show
Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge
The show now in its 32nd year will be designed and set up by Mike Gelesky.
Weekends, Dec. 3 – 18
New York Society of Model Engineers, Carlstadt
The show features two massive model railroad layouts covering more than 5,000 square feet. Many of the models are one-of-a-kind and were handmade by society members. Adults will appreciate the “O” and “HO” scales, and kids will love seeing Thomas the Tank Engine. Also on display is the society’s collection of historic railroad memorabilia.