Holiday Train Shows and Model Train Exhibits on Long Island

Kids will delight in the TMB model train show.  Photo courtesy of the club
Kids will delight in the TMB model train show. Photo courtesy of the club

If watching a model train making its way around a tiny Christmas village isn’t on your family’s list of Long Island holiday fun, 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 these model train shows in 2021. Not to mention the holiday-themed decorations of the communities through which they travel. To get you going, we’ve put together a list of some of the best train shows, 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 Express and other Santa trains near Long Island and NYC.

Long Island Garden Railway Society Holiday Shows – Garden City

Cradle of Aviation Museum
This Massapequa-based organization promotes the hobby of garden and large-scale model railroading. The holiday-themed exhibit at its December show promises to be even more beautiful than previous years. Trains will run during the day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Check the website for an updated schedule.

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You'll find engines to delight young and old at the TMB Model Train Club's holiday shows. Photo courtesy of the club 

TMB Model Train Holiday Shows and Open Houses – Farmingdale

November 27-28, December 11-12, and select weekend days through February 6, 2022
This show features 10 larger-size trains running on 19 miles of track. There are new scenic areas to discover, and adults will enjoy a model train layout that was featured in an episode of The Sopranos.

West Island Model Railroad Club Open Houses – Hicksville

November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12
This under-construction railroad features 5,600 square feet of fun. The club has an 11-mile, double-track mainline and a recently completed upper level. Visitors can run the trains and chat with other enthusiasts at winter open houses.

Long Island Model R.R. Engineers Open Houses – Medford

November 20-21, December 4-5, 11-12
The Long Island Model R.R. Engineers have been around since 1976 and have more than 2,000 square feet of layouts that feature their HO and N-scale railroads. Kids and adults will watch in awe as the engineers run the trains from the digital command control. 

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Enjoy model trains and a miniature Christmas village during a Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers December open house. Photo courtesy of the Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers

Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers Open Houses – Levittown

December 3-5, 10-12, 2021
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.

Railroad Museum of Long Island Holiday Open Houses – Riverhead and Greenport

Riverhead December 4-5, Greenport December 11-12 
Celebrate the holidays at either location of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Guests can ride the Long Island Rail Road miniature park train from the 1964 1965 New York World’s Fair, climb inside a 1960s LIRR caboose, activate the 57 accessories on the historic Lionel Layout, and watch scale model trains operate on two indoor train layouts. Santa is set to arrive at noon each day via train

Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show – Bethpage

Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage
December 17-21, 27-29, 2021
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.

This post was updated for 2021.

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