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Holiday Lights and Train Displays

Posted by: NJ Kids Team - November 12, 2014

What To Do in November!  Here are some special LIGHT & TRAIN DISPLAYS just in time for the holiday season! 

There’s a chill in the air, but the fun is still hot, hot, hot!  Looking for the Best Things to Do this November?  We’ve got them for you!  Whether you are looking for Seasonal Thanksgiving Activities, Outdoor Fun, Vacation Break Ideas, Special Events or Early Holiday Shows - there’s tons to do this month and NJ Kids has found the best of the best right here in NJ (and close by in PA and NY).   It’s time to get up and go! 

Holiday Train Show
NY Society of Model Engineers, 341 Hoboken Rd, Carlstadt  (1 mile from Giants Stadium)
Nov 14-16, 21-23, 28-30.
Friday 7-10, Sat and Sun 1-6PM
5,000 sq ft of model trains. Holiday model train show. See NJ Kid’s ad for $1.00 off admission. 
 
Holiday Lights Spectacular
Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, 
West Orange 973-731-5800
Friday-Sunday,  11/29 - 12/1 and 12/6 - 1/1 and 12/6-1/1 (no lights 12/24 and 12/25). 5-9PM.  100,000 bulbs illuminate the winter nights. Admission is free, but please donate non-perishable food, unwrapped new toys and winter coats for the needy.
 
Festival of Trees
Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton 908-735-0914  Dozens of beautifully decorated trees dot the village. Nov 28-Dec 7, Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-5.  
 
Gigantic Holiday Model Train Show by Ramapo Valley Railroad
Ho-Ho-Kus VFW Hall, 620 Cliff St, HoHoKus.
Massive permanent, train layout, with cities, farms, drive-in movie theaters and wind mill farms (that work), mountains, and plenty of trains running. Sometime Thomas makes an appearance. Sundays: Nov 23, Dec. 7, 14 & 28 from 1-4 p.m. 
 
Origami Holiday Tree
American Museum of Natural History NYC, 212-769-5100 212-769-5100. 11/24 An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years.
 
Barron Arts Center
582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge 
732-634-0413.  Nov 29- Dec 28 (closed 12/25) FREE.  Holiday model train show.
 
Garden State Central Model Railroad Club Train Show at Info Age.  
2201 Marconi Rd, Wall 732-280-3000
Three weekends prior to Christmas.  
 
Model Railroad Club 
295 Jefferson Ave, Union, 908-964-9724
Dec 28-30, 5-7, 12-14 Annual train and holiday light show and open house. 100-car trains, large scale steam locomotive & steel mill displays!
 
NYC Transit Museum
Grand Central Terminal
Through Sunday Feb 22, 2015. FREE.
Small display takes visitors on an imaginary journey from Grand Central to the North Pole.
 
New York Botanical Garden 
Bronx, NY.  Through Jan 19, 2015.
Dozens and dozens of trains glide through intrinsically constructed models of NYC landmarks and beautifully landscaped backgrounds. 
 
Camden Children’s Garden TRAIN FESTIVAL 
3 Riverside Dr, Camden
856-365-8733, Nov 8-9, 1-4pm. 
All aboard the Arrow River Express! Come celebrate the terrific world of trains at the Camden Children’s Garden. Enjoy model train vendors and displays, train themed crafts, and of course the Garden’s very own train ride. Meet & Greet our friends from PBS’ “Dinosaur Train” from 1:30PM-3PM (Saturday only)! 
 
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show 
Historic Smithville, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway 609-748-8999
Thur-Sun through 1/6, 5:30 – 8PM
Christmas Tree Light Show with over 100 trees floating on a lake, dancing and twinkling to lights and music.
 
A Longwood Christmas
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA  610-388-1000
Nightly 11/27- 1/11   Wander around the grounds among over a half millions twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias and magnificent Christmas trees. Lit fountains dance to music.  Tickets required.
 
Festival of Trees
Dozens of beautifully decorated trees dot the village. Nov 28-Dec 7, Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-5.   Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton 908-735-0914  
 
Lights On!
Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton 609-586-0616
Friday and Saturdays, 5-8:30 PM, Sundays, 4-5:30PM  Enjoy a tram ride through the magically transformed twinkling park.
 
Hersheypark Candylane
100 Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, PA
1-800-Hershey.  Weekends in December, plus weekdays leading up to Christmas.  Millions of twinkling lights, rides, sing-a-long shows and more!
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