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holiday train showsHoliday model train shows begin this weekend.  I took my son to all the shows when he was a little boy.  We went all over New Jersey and had a lot of fun.  Children especially get a kick out of seeing these shows and adults have fun too.  Here are some for you beginning this weekend.

North Haledon

Let’s begin just outside of Bergen County in North Haledon NJ.  This is where you’ll find the Garden State Model Railway Club open house.  This club began in 1953 and this is their 62nd open house.  It runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5.  They are located at 572 Mountain Road in North Haledon, NJ.  They also have open houses the next 2 weekends in December on Saturdays and Sundays.  It’s $6 for adults and kids 12 and under are free (when accompanied by an adult).


Because it’s name is the New York Society of Model Engineers you wouldn’t expect it in New Jersey.  Believe it or not, it’s located at 341 Hoboken Road in Carlstadt NJ.  This is another great model train club.  They have their exhibitions open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 beginning this weekend.  They continue every weekend through December.  Adults pay $4, children from 5-11 with 4 and under free.  To learn more about this club, go to the New York Society of Model Engineers website.


Beginning this Friday night from 6-8 pm and every Friday through December 20th, you can see the Donald Cooper Model Railroad in action. Weekends on Saturday and Sunday it’s open from 1-4 pm.  Located in the Mahwah museum, it’s free for children and museum members.  Other adults pay $5 each.  There’s a special guest coming December 20th from -7:30 pm.  Santa Claus is making an appearance then!  The museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah.

Bronx Botanical Garden

While it’s not in New Jersey, The Bronx is not all that far away either.  Time it right and you’re there 20 minutes past the George Washington Bridge.  Their Holiday Train Show has been a New York holiday tradition for decades.  This is a professionally designed model train show that highlights iconic New York City places.  Because it’s so popular with adults as well as children, they have evenings just for adults.  Bar Car Nights are a beautiful and unique way to spend a holiday evening.  This show is on now through January 26th weekdays and weekends.

Model train shows are part of the holiday season.  New Jersey club shows are more geared to families and less expensive than what you’ll find in the Bronx.  If you’d like to know about other holiday model train shows further out in New Jersey, text or call me at 201-741-8490.

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