Know Before You Go
The Botanical Gardens are just north of the Bronx Zoo, accessible on Metro North (they have their own stop) or by subway on the B, D & 4 trains to the Bedford Avenue stop. The Holiday Train Show runs through mid-January. Check the website for hours and admission fees (weekday prices are a few dollars less). Tickets give you access to the gardens as well as the trains. Keep in mind that there are crowds and lines, but it's worth it. Advance reservations are highly recommended.