If watching a miniature train make its way around a tiny Christmas village isn’t on your family’s list of holiday traditions, why not make it one this year?
We guarantee children and adults alike will gaze with wide-eyed wonder at the sights and sounds of the trains and the holiday-themed decorations of the towns through which they travel at one of the many model train exhibits on Long Island this holiday season. To get you going, we’ve put together a list of some of the best displays, sure to delight the entire family.
And if all this train watching makes your family eager to climb aboard a real caboose, check out our roundup of Polar Expresses and Santa Trains near NYC.
There are engines to delight young and old at the TMB Model Train Club's holiday show. Photo courtesy of the club
TMB Model Train Holiday Shows and Open Houses — Farmingdale
November 25--26, December 9-10; select weekends through February 4, 2018
This show features 10 larger-size trains running on 19 miles of track. There’s Thomas the Tank Engine and the Polar Express for little ones, while adults might enjoy a model train layout that was featured in an episode of The Sopranos. An open house is scheduled for Super Bowl weekend, February 3-4.
Long Island Garden Railway Society Holiday Shows — Sayville
This Massapequa-based organization promotes the hobby of garden and large-scale model railroading. The holiday-themed exhibit promises to be even more beautiful than last year. There is also a show planned for December at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City; check back for details.
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Enjoy 11 trains in simultaneous action at the St. James Model Railroad Club's holiday show. Photo courtesy of the club
St. James Model Railroad Club Holiday Train Display — St. James
Now in its 33rd year, this annual exhibit has it all, including an operating subway, city scenes, a circus, a haunted Old West town, animated accessories, and more. Steam engines puff smoke, diesel engines sound like the real thing, and passenger trains make station announcements. Eleven trains run simultaneously with up to 15 trains running per session.
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Did you know a trolley system once connected Amityville to Babylon? Here it is in miniature. Photo courtesy of the Town of Babylon History Museum
Holiday Model Trains — Babylon
December 1-January 7
Learn all about the trolley system that once transported passengers from Amityville to Babylon. The 240-plus square-foot display features important community landmarks and other details about the Town of Babylon's history.
Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers Open House — Levittown
December 1-3, 8-10
Bring the whole family to see Long Island’s largest operating O-gauge exhibit during the organization’s holiday open houses, run on two consecutive weekends in December. Multiple trains take you on a journey through a miniature village decked out for the holidays.
Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show — Old Bethpage
A vintage model train show is just one of the highlights of this annual event at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Enjoy period songs, storytelling, music, performances, and more.
Top image: Model trains always delight during the holiday season. Photo via Shutterstock.