New York Botanical Gardens' 27th Annual Holiday Train Show (image courtesy New York Botanical Gardens)

New York Botanical Gardens’ 27th Annual Holiday Train Show (image courtesy New York Botanical Gardens)

This week and next, artists are embracing the holiday spirit with a number of events across the city.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is hosting a Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, continuing through January 21. The show features model trains traveling through over 175 New York landmarks, recreated with natural materials. Landmarks include the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, among a number of Manhattan skyscrapers. New this year are models of One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and two vintage ferries. The artist behind this display is Paul Busse, a designer from Alexandria, Kentucky who has been putting together the Holiday Train Show in the New York Botanical Garden since 1992. The show runs from 10am through 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and tickets can be purchased here.

When: Tuesday through Sunday until January 21, 2019, 10am–6 pm
Where: New York Botanical Garden, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx)



Kwanzaa 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History

On Saturday, December 29, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a Kwanzaa festival to celebrate the “African-American heritage that is rooted in seven principles known as Nuguzo Saba, which promote unity, culture, and community development.” From 12 to 3pm there will be performances by master drummers Sanga of the Valley; Afro-Cuban experimental dance ensemble Oyu Oro; graphic novel artists from Black Comics Collective, who will be live-drawing illustrations representing the seven principles of Kwanzaa; and more. Also from 12 to 4pm, the festival will feature a local artisan marketplace.

When: Saturday, December 29, 12–4 pm
Where: The American Museum of Natural History, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (Central Park West at 79th Street)

Nativity Reconsidered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Julia Bullock (photo by Paula Lobo, image courtesy the Met Museum)

Julia Bullock (photo by Paula Lobo, image courtesy the Met Museum)

This Friday or Saturday, head over to the Met Cloisters to see Nativity Reconsidereda live, chamber-music performance of Jon Adams’s El Niño, “arranged for the forces of the American Modern Opera Company.” The performance features Julia Bullock as soprano, J’Nai Bridges as mezzo-soprano, Anthony Roth Costanzo as countertenor, Davóne Tines as bass baritone, and Christian Reif as conductor. Tickets for the show also include same-day museum admission.

When: Friday, December 21, 5:30pm and Saturday, December 22, 1:30pm and 5:30pm
Where: The Met Cloisters, The Fuentidueña Chapel (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights, Manhattan)

Luminaries at Brookfield Place

Luminaries (photo by Tara Davis, image courtesy Brookfield Place)

Luminaries (photo by Tara Davis, image courtesy Brookfield Place)

Now through January 4, head over to Brookfield Place in Battery Park to see Luminaries, a holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group. The design studio builds spaces meant to “engage the senses through strategic storytelling, immersive environments, and evocative content.” The Luminaries light shows take place every half hour, and visitors are meant to send wishes to the canopy above from the glowing wish stations below. For every wish sent, Brookfield will donate $1, and up to $25,000, to New York City nonprofit Little Essentials, which brings resources and parenting education to families in crisis. Take a 360-degree tour through Luminaries online here.

When: Today through January 4, 2019, 10 am–8 pm
Where: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Battery Park, Manhattan

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