The Holidays Have Begun
Thanksgiving is upon us and the holidays have begun. In only 2 days we’ll be sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Next comes Hanukkah starting at sundown on December 2nd followed by Christmas on December 25th. Kwanza comes next on December 26th and then, of course, New Year’s Eve. While this is a very busy time of the year, it’s also a time when model train shows open up all over Bergen County and the metropolitan area.
Model Train Shows
A big part of this time of year is definitely the holiday model train shows. Let’s see what’s in Bergen County and within 1 hour’s drive nearby:
- The New York Society of Model Engineers 341 Hoboken Road in Carlstadt
- David Cooper Model Railroad 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah
- Garden State Model Railway Club 575 High Mountain Road in North Haledon
- The Model Railroad Club 295 Jefferson Ave in Union
- New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Boulevard in The Bronx
Holiday model train shows are open to the public every year during the December holidays. It’s become an annual tradition and, to be frank, a needed source of income for the clubs that host these shows. Typically shows are open on weekends beginning with Thanksgiving Weekend. Some begin a little earlier but most run through the end of December.
Tickets sometimes sell out quickly so don’t wait too long. When my son was a little boy we went to the New York Society of Model Engineers every year. I remember putting him up on my shoulders so he could get a good view. Taking your children to events like train shows gives you wonderful lifetime memories.
If you have a train set yourself, you get great ideas from these shows. It’s not unusual to find one of the club members who is more than willing to help you out. Enjoy the holiday season with your family at one of these model train shows. It’s fun and you’re supporting a great tradition.