Holiday Train show returns to garden


Thanksgiving isn’t quite here yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an early start on the holiday spirit with the return of the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show.

Now in its 30th year, the massive display at the 2900 Southern Blvd., attraction, features more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks — including some found on this side of the Bronx, like the Riverdale Monument.

Each replica has been artistically crafted out of natural materials such as leaves, seeds, twigs, bark, acorns and pine cone scales.

Yet, it’s not all about the replicas, but instead the model trains. And there are 25 of them, humming along nearly a half-mile of track featuring steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, modern freight and passenger trains, and more.

The exhibit opens Saturday and continues through Jan. 23. It’s all set up in the botanical garden’s Haupt Conservatory.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for students and senior citizens, and $15 for children.

Visit, or call (718) 817-8716.


COVID vaccine mass sites for kids open

Children as young as 5 can now receive a coronavirus vaccine at 10 mass vaccination sites opened last weekend by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The governor called on the sites to acquire pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has received emergency approval from the feds for children between 5 and 11.

Three of the sites are in New York City, although the closest is at the Bay Eden Senior Center, 1220 E. 229th St., in Edenwald.

Vaccines aren’t just limited to the state sites, however. Locations are also available by visiting

More than 50,000 children have been vaccinated, as of Saturday.