Giveaway: Family Four Pack to the NYC Botanical Gardens Annual Holiday Train Show

New York CIty Botanical Gardens

Every December, we make an annual pilgrimage to the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show. It has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  In recent years, now that they’re ages 6 and 7, they have begun to ask about the incredible landmarks scattered through the exhibit and they’ve begun to “ooh” and “aah” the remarkable displays as much as we do.  The holiday season wouldn’t be the same for any of us without the Botanical Garden’s Train Show.

It all starts this Saturday and runs until January 9th. You won’t want to miss this unique experience.   The show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families, not just in New York, but across the country.  You will marvel as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pine cones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.  There is so much detail that goes into the models.  For any child who knows the city, it’s so much fun to follow the exhibit and name the historic places that we see every day, including the Empire State Building, Grand Central, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, the Chrysler Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, just to name a few.  It’s also fun to guess the names of the structures before your child looks at their nameplates, particularly for older kids.

It’s truly a New Yorker’s defining moment, and the experience will just add to the pride that you have in this incredible city that we live in. And now, right here on the Culture Mom, you can enter to win FOUR tickets to the NYC Botanical Garden’s Annual Train Show!


1) Comment here and leave your contact information.,
2) Become a fan of  The Culture Mom’s Facebook Page. Then leave a comment on the wall telling me why you want to win the four tickets.
3) Post a link to this contest on your blog (and then leave a comment on this post with your link).
4) Fan The Culture Mom on Facebook and leave this link on their wall saying you are entering (then leave a comment on this post with your link) the NYC Botanical Gardens Annual Train Show contest on the Culture Mom.
5) Tweet this message: “Hope I win the NYBG  Annual Train Show giveaway from http://bit.ly/d3wRi2 @theculturemom  RT to Enter #contest #giveaway.”
Contest ends midnight Eastern time, November 24th, 2010.  The four packs need to be used before December 17th or January 3rd  – 7th, 2010.
Disclosure: These tickets are being given to me for promotional purposes for this giveaway.  All of the opinions expressed above are my own, based on my previous visits to the Botanical Gardens in prior years.

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  1. I like you on Facebook and posted there!

  2. I like you on Facebook

  3. Haven’t been to the train show with my girls. This would be great!

  4. I am a fan on FB and left a comment on your wall.

  5. I’d love to win – we took my son last year or the year before and he was a little too young for it. This year I think he would have a blast. It’s a beautiful NYC tradition.

  6. I’d love to take my kids – it would definitely be one of the highlights of our holidays. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  7. fyi….. I placed a comment on your fb wall ..choo choo

  8. I’d love to take my daughter to the train show! I’ve never been either, so it will be a treat for both of us!

  9. We love the train show but haven’t been in a couple of years!! Would love to take our guys back again.

  10. What a treat!! We’d love to go to the train show!! My husband has been wanting to go for years … and I think the kids would like it too!!

  11. Helene Weinberger says

    This is one of the most magical places in New York during the holidays. I haven’t been there is 5 years and would love to share this experience with my family.

  12. We haven’t been in a few years, but it would be great to bring our son (although at 9 months, he’s probably a big young to fully appreciate it!).

  13. Don’t want to miss THIS train 🙂

    just joined twitter GerryinWP .. are you supposed to follow me in order for me to tweet you @theculturemom ?

  14. Thank you. Would love to win and take the family.

  15. Jennifer Weiss says

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enter this contest and visit the fabulous Bronx. We’ve never been to this train show and have only heard excellent reviews!

  16. Sounds like fun ..have never seen this.

  17. we’ve never been to the train show, would love to go!

  18. We had been going to the holiday train show at Citygroup in Manhattan for years until they stopped doing it. We would love to go see the one at the Botanical Gardens!

  19. Ohhhhh, love the train show. Please count us in for the contest!

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