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Zutano: New York City Holiday Traditions

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One of our favorite holidays traditions in New York City is heading to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the Holiday Train Show. This year the Holiday Train Show celebrates its 20th birthday. For our family, this year will mark the 4th year we'??ve soaked in the magic of the season with the beloved trains.

Kids are mesmerized watching the trains make their way around the conservatory. In all there are more than a dozen large-scale model railway trains on the move. See if you can spy Thomas the Tank Engine'??a relatively new addition to the fleet.

Over 140 replicas of New York City landmarks are housed in the expansive Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The replicas are crafted of natural materials: nuts, bark, and leaves and are stunning works of art. Our favorites structures include the Yankee Stadium (sorry Sox fans) and the iconic Statue of Liberty. The trains weave in and out of the buildings and plants in a circuit. Sometimes trains jump the tracks'??look for the '??engineers'?'??NYBG staff'??in overalls and caps who right the trains again.

Our advice? Bring a stroller and dress in layers. Stuff what you won'??t need in the stroller and park it in the make-shift lot in front of the exhibit (no strollers allowed inside). It can get pretty steamy inside, it is a conservatory after all, so you'??ll want to peel off layers.

Be sure to allot enough time to visit the Artists Studio. Here you'??ll see models in different stages of completion as well as photos, tools, and supplies that help tell the story of how the magic of the train show comes together.

Tickets range from free for tots 2 and under to $20 for non-member adults. Note: Buy tickets online to secure a spot. There is plenty of stroller parking available--but you can't take the strollers inside the exhibit.

Where to see it: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY. Parking available for a fee, or take the Metro-North Harlem line to the NYBG station.

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When to visit: The show runs now until January 19th. Holiday Train Show Hours are listed below. We advise the first or last tickets of the day to provide the least crowded experience. Buying advanced tickets is strongly suggested since times do sell out.

Weekdays: Tuesday'??Friday, 10 a.m.'??6 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m.'??7 p.m., including Friday, November 25 (day after Thanksgiving)
Holiday Weeks (Monday, December 19'??Monday, January 2): 10 a.m.'??7 p.m.
Early closings: December 9 and December 24, 3 p.m.
Closed: November 24 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas)

What else to do: Visit the outdoor The Everett Children'??s Adventure Garden for a break from the indoor exhibits. Check out the mini trails and open air setting. It'??s a nice walk from the Train Show and a super way to begin or end a visit.

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What to wear: Zutano's Locomotive print. Check out the full locomotive collection here!
This print features red and blue trains on the move. For an adorable holiday look pair the long sleeve tee ($22), with these navy overalls ($39). The navy, French Terry overall is a great new style with lots of cute details! It features side button pockets, a button-up bottom perfect for your little conductor.


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