The 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central is making rounds through February 23 at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, with a Lionel model train layout and whimsical artwork by Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of Next Stop Grand Central. Admission is free.
The 34' O-Gauge layout features a limited-edition model of Grand Central Terminal (only 250 were created) and eight loop tracks on which vintage trains rumble and tiny pedestrians stroll miniature streets. Trains transverse through the city, head into the country, and up to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole.
Transit fans will find themed gifts, including NYC Clean Air Bus models with push-and-go friction motors and “Metro Girl” fitted tees for ages six to10, and memorabilia at the Transit Museum Store. Purchase online at www.transitmuseumstore.com.
While in Grand Central Station:
Catch the new state-of-the-art Centennial Holiday Light Show, created by lighting designer Michiru Tanaka and presented by Metro North and Toshiba, in the three monumental windows and 118 panes above the Terminal’s west balcony, daily through December 26, with 30-minute shows from 5-11pm.Each half hour comprises four parts, including holiday- and train-inspired segments. -- Ellis Nassour
Venue Description: One of the most famous places in New York City, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. Home to annual events include the Holiday Fair and Centennial Light Show, restaurants like the famed Oyster Bar, shopping, and much more.