Christmas is a time for traditions, and the New York Botanical Garden’s annual holiday train show is one of the best that the city has. For the occasion, the institution (which not only hosts its fair share of day dates but also grants PhDs in coordination with a handful of nearby universities) turns the final quadrant of its Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a miniature alternate New York, one in which model trains weave through plant-made replicas of everything from Yankee Stadium to the Empire State Building. This year, the landscape around the conservatory will be dotted with different verses from former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins — just one more reason to head inside and check it out.
Sun., Dec. 1, 10 a.m., 2013