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The holiday season is upon us, brightened by decorations peeking onto the streets from house windows and adorning front lawns, lighting up storefronts and public spaces. Twinkling lights, greenery and yes, even model and toy trains add to the festive decor. For years, the sights of trains winding through miniature wintry scenes have delighted kids and kids at heart. Here, we take a look at 13 holiday train shows on display throughout the USA. 

The 26th annual Holiday Train Show within the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden opened to the public November 22 to the delight of train enthusiasts everywhere. Midtown Manhattan is the spotlight of this year’s 12,800 square foot exhibit featuring newly-created versions of New York City icons the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building and St. Bartholomew’s Church. That’s in addition to the more than 150 model New York buildings and landmarks, including visitor favorites the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal and the original Yankee Stadium. More than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys roll along nearly half-a-mile of tracks that meander through New York City’s five boroughs, the Hudson River Valley and other spots found throughout New York State. The 26th annual Holiday Train Show is on display through January 15, 2018.

Also in New York City, the New York Transit Museum’s 16th Annual Holiday Train Show is in full swing at Grand Central Terminal. On their way to the North Pole, Lionel trains travel along a 34-foot-long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout from the city and through the suburbs and countryside, passing replicas of the Met Life Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building along the way. Will you spot King Kong? Adding to the scene is a 54-foot-long cityscape mural by Brooklyn-based artist Josh Cochran. The 16th annual Holiday Train Show runs through February 4, 2018.

The Holiday Garden Railway debuted at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2001, and has been delighting visitors ever since. The exhibit’s quarter-mile…