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Visitando el Espectacolo De Trenes en el Jardin Botanico NY-Visiting the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden

Visitando a el espectacolo de trenes en el Jardin Botanico NY-Visiting the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden

El 7 de Diciembre fuimos al Jardin Botanica de Nueva York en El Bronx para ver El Espectacolo de Trenes. Siempre e queido ir a este evento Navideno de Nueva York, y para darme una sorpresa mi mama nos compro bolletos, un par de meses atras durante una venta que hicieron. Fue una linda expereinca, y es una que toda la familia puede disfrutar no importa tu edad. El espectacolo esta normarlmente en el arboreto del jardin, pero por construccion lo tenian en tiendas de campana. Todos los replicas son homenajes a los edificos famosos y no tan famosos de la Estado de Neuva York. Todo menos los trens, esta hecho de la naturaleza, como ramas, hojas y musgo. Esto es lo que vimos. Clicken las imagenes oara ampliar.

December 7th we went to the see the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. I’ve been to the garden before during cherry blossom season, but I’ve always wanted to see this NYC Christmas staple. As a surprise my mom bought us tickets during a sale they were throwing a few months back. It was a great experience and its something that the whole family can enjoy, not matter your age. They normally host this show in the arboretum, but due to construction it was held in outdoor tents. All the replicas pay homage to famous and not so famous New York buildings and architecture. Everything except the trains are made from things that are found in nature like twigs, branches and moss. Here’s what we saw. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Visitando el espectacolo de trenes en el Jardin Botanico NY-Visiting the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden

Mom and I. She surprised me with tickets to the show, since I’ve always wanted to go. Mi mama y yo, me sorprendio con las entradas, porque siempre quise ir.




Staten Island


The Bronx

Visitando a el espectacolo de trenes en el Jardin Botanico NY-Visiting the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden

The original Yankee Stadium




Hudson River Valley: Terrytown

Upstate New York






Historia del Espectacolo de Trenes

El Espectacolo de Trenes fue creado por Paul Busse, su primer Holiday Train Show para el Jardin Botanico de Nueva York era en 1992. En no mucho tiempo, monto la compania Applied ImaginationImaginacion Aplicada que produce espectacolos que se exhibe por todo el pais. Usando lo que encuenten en la naturaleza tratan de coincidir con la piedras, las estatuas y otros detalles intrincados, entonces finalmente las replicas estan selladas con una resina brillante para su proteccion.

History of the Holiday Train Show

The Holiday Train Show was created by Paul Busse who put together the first Holiday Train show for the NY Botanical Garden in 1992. Soon after he created the company Applied Imagination which produces exhibits and shows that are showcased around the country. The artists of Applied Imagination study photographs and architectural drawings as guides for all the replicas they create. Using what they find in nature they try to closely match stonework, statues and other intricate details, then finally the replicas are sealed with a shiny resin for protection.


El Espectacolo de Trenes termina el 26 de Enero. Haz visto el Espectacolo de Trenes? Comenta y deja me saber en mis redes.-T.S.

The Holiday Train Show ends on January 26th. Have you visited the Holiday Train show? Let me know in the comments and on social media.-T.S.








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Must See’s and Things to Do During Christmas in NYC

Must See's During Christmas in NYC

Lets not kid ourselves NYC will always be a Christmas/December destination. There are already so many tourists that visit NYC during the rest of the year, and not surprisingly that number jumps during the holidays. Although it is worth it to see the beautifully decorated stores, attractions and experience a New York City Christmas. Here’s a list of things to do and places to see this holiday season in NYC. (Locals pack your patience, visit early or at the end of the season, or avoid midtown like the plague!)



  • Central Park Ice Skating at Wollman Rink– I haven’t done this yet but it is said to be less crowded than Rockefeller Center with a gorgeous view of the surrounding park. It’s on my to-do list.




  • The Nutcrakcer Ballet at Lincoln Center- This is also on my to-do list! If you’re into ballet, why not see a top ballet company preform a Christmas classic.


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art : Medieval Hall- I love visiting this part of the museum especially during Christmas. A tree is put up surrounded by a manger, angels and medieval decorations. On display until January.



  • Rockefeller Center-This is a must for tourists! It is really a sight to see that gigantic tree lit up. Ice skating here will be crowded if you go mid December and the more people on the ice the more choppy it is.  I did this once with family members from out-of-town at the end of the season and it was not crowded but the ice was extremely rough. Its beautiful, but the rough ice and crowds should be something to consider.


  • The Christmas Spectacular and The Rockettes– I also suggest seeing the Rockettes perform, it is a great show and a classic. The last time I saw it I enjoyed the new segments added, particularly the homage to the city of New York.


  • The Winter Village at Bryant Park/ New York Public Library on 5th- These should be seen together, I suggest visiting the shops at Bryant Park and entering the library after. The front entrance is decorated and has a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree.


  • Store Windows on 5th Ave -After you’ve seen Bryant Park and the library walk out onto Fifth  Ave and walk north towards all the holiday windows. Don’t miss Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co. Not on 5th but must see’s are Macy’s windows on 34th which has Santa Land inside. Bloomingdale’s also has gorgeous holiday windows on 1000 third ave and 59th st.


  • Grand Central Holiday Fair Market – Stay warm in this indoor holiday market located in Grand Central Station. I like to grab something to eat from the adjacent food vendors.

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  • Wall Street Christmas Tree- Visit the Christmas tree on Wall Street. The surrounding buildings are decorated and are lit up at night. Don’t forget to pass Trinity Church which is also decorated and Zuccotti Park which has small Christmas trees that are lit in the evening.


  • Flat Iron District-Visit the tree at Madison Square Park. A tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec 6th from 3:30-5:30pm.


  • Ice Skate at the Standard The hotel in the Meatpacking district opens its skating rink to guests and the general public from December 20th to the end of March.


  • Union Square Holiday Market-Visit the market which runs until December 24th. Buy from local vendors and eateries, visit the kids art studio and heat up in the warming station and lounge.


Other Boroughs

  • Holiday Train Show– The New York Botanical Garden host the Holiday Train Show. It showcases miniature New York City landmarks all made of natural materials.


  • Vintage Subway Museum– Open year round, explore what subway cars used to look like in the main branch of the museum in downtown Brooklyn. If you plan to stay in Manhattan, visit the smaller museum at the Grand Central Gallery Annex and Store.


  • Astoria Holiday Market– A Holiday market in Astoria Queens that sells vintage goods and food. Open December 9th and 16th at the Bohemian Hall.


  • Winter Fest at the Brooklyn Museum– The Brooklyn Botanical Garden teams up with the Brooklyn Museum to create an indoor winter wonderland. Activities include live performances, food, a tree maze, Santaland and an array of activates for the whole family.


  • Dyker Heights Lights- Houses in Brooklyn are decorated with spectacular light shows. Great Christmas Light Fight anyone? Located on Dyker Heights Blvd from 83rd st-86th.


There are so many more things to do! Did I miss a must for you? Are you planning to visit NYC this Christmas season? Let me know in the comments an on social media!-T.S.