2023 Holiday Train Shows in Westchester
The magic of the holidays is right around the corner. One of our favorite ways to kick-off the season is by enjoying one of the many holiday train shows in Westchester. Tickets are on sale now for these experiences, which includes a chance to see the magic of these illuminated trains, along with dazzling lights and music.
Psst..check out where to see Santa in Westchester.
Saturday, November 25th-Sunday, December 31st, Various times
Holidays on the Hill Train Show (Katonah)
Experience the magical world of the Holidays on the Hill Annual Train Show at Lasdon Park. Families can enjoy access to over 5,000-square-feet of indoor space that is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Here, you’ll find an assortment of trains going through 12 multi-level tracks, bridges, ramps, tunnels, and under waterfalls. Additionally, families will see an assortment of holiday scenes as well as colorful seasonal flowers, plants, and decorations!
Enjoy holiday music in the background as well as snowmen and more. Additionally, kids can see Santa during your visit who will be in attendance from Thursday-Sunday at various times. There will also be treats at the experience such as ice cream, cider donuts, hot chocolate, and more. Tickets are $10 per child (age 2-12) and $20 per adult. Children up to 24 months are free. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, 2610 Route 35 Katonah, New York 10536. 914-864-7263.
Saturday, November 18th-Sunday, December 10th from 10:00am-4:00pm
Greenburgh Nature Center Holiday Train Show (Scarsdale)
Enjoy a 12×18-foot display of model trains traveling through countryside scenes at the Greenburgh Nature Center Holiday Train Show. The display also includes a train tunnel, a ravine with a train trestle crossing over it, a stream, a model village, railroad crossings, and much more. Tickets are $3 for members and $10 for non-members. Additionally, this includes admission to their animal museum. Manor House at the Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.
(Saturdays and Sundays only) Saturday, November 19th-Sunday, January 8th from 10:00am-11:00am
The Great Holiday Train Show from the New Castle Historical Society (Chappaqua)
Join the New Castle Historical Society for this annual family holiday tradition. Families can see this historic 19th-century summer residence of Horace Greeley that is decorated for the holidays with running train displays in each of their period rooms. This year also includes some new additions with Harry Potter LEGO scenes of Hogwarts Express, Platform 9¾ and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Additionally, enjoy viewing a six-foot tall custom-made holiday tree train that runs on six levels. Visit the holiday gift shop to purchase train-themed items, candy, and more! Admission is $10 for members; $16 for non-members; and $9 for children ages 8 and under. New Castle Historical Society – Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514.
Holiday Train Shows Outside of Westchester
November 17th-January 15th from 10:00am-6:00pm
New York Botanical Garden: Holiday Train Show (The Bronx)
The famous NY Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show is always a treat to enjoy with your family. See model trains in an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks. Incredibly, they are all re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to the Holiday Train Show every 15 minutes.
You can also enjoy NYBG GLOW, an outdoor holiday light experience with thousands of dazzling lights and whimsical, picture-perfect installations. Planning a date night? Check out Bar Car Nights, an adult-only experience where you can enjoy the Holiday Train Show along with curated cocktails. Additionally, these evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more.
Tickets for the Holiday Train Show are $35 per person (ages 13-64); $15 per child (ages 2-12); and free for kids under age 2. NYBG, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458.
Friday, November 24th-Thursday, December 28th, trains run at 12:00pm and 2:15pm
Santa Express at the Railroad Museum of New England
For a very different train experience, take a road trip to Thomaston, CT for their annual Santa Express. During this experience, families can hop on board for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. As the trains travels through the wilderness, passengers will be able to visit with Santa and play with his Elves. Every child on the train gets a special gift from Santa’s toy bag. The train is also beautifully decorated where you will be able to sit in a 1920s or 1940s train car. Each car offers different levels of service and amenities during the 1 hour and 20 minute ride. Coach is $20 per adult/children; Lounge is $54.50 per adult/children; Tavern-Lounge No. 43 is $95 per adult/children, and the Observation-Lounge Hickory Creek is $149 is per adult/children. Parking is free.
Additionally, they offer an autism-friendly version of their Santa Express experience. Offered on November 26th, this experience includes lowered volume of holiday music, bells distributed later, and a shorter experience at one and a half hours. Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT.
Tuesday, December 2nd-Sunday, December 31st, various times
Holiday Express Train Show (Fairfield)
Take a visit to the Fairfield Museum and History Center to enjoy their annual train show. Families will enjoy viewing large and small-scale model trains as they wind around winter villages and holiday scenes. Additionally, families can learn more and ask questions from the Fairfield-based Housatonic Model Railroad Club, the Connecticut G-Scalers Club, and the Central Connecticut G-Gaugers Club. Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 for seniors, and $3 for children over age 5. Museum members and children ages 5 and under are free. 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824