How was your experience?
I went on a Saturday evening for the Bar Car Nights promo. My friend and I took Metro-North and it was a 20 minute ride from Grand Central. The garden entrance is a quick walk from the station. You have to cross a highway to get there but there is a traffic light so you have time to cross safely instead of making a mad dash between cars. You pick-up or purchase tickets at the little ticket stand at the entrance. There's about a 10-15 minute walk, outside in the dark with not the best lighting, to get to the entrance where the train show was (which we had to ask where it was - it's not posted well at all). We didn't mind the walk in the dark as it was a cold crisp evening and the decorations were pretty, but overall it was not ideal for someone who has difficultly with walking a bit of a distance (i.e. elderly, someone with a gimpy knee, etc.). But once you get into the show it's a sight to see. The whole set-up - landmarks, greenery, lights, music - was absolutely beautifully done. It was crowded and maneuvering around took a bit of skill, but you do get to see and enjoy everything. Definitely do not miss the studio of the artist as it provided really great insight into how they do what they do. When we were done we picked up our complimentary cocktail from Dylan's Candy Bar by the entrance as the line had gone way down. There are snacks and sandwiches for purchase as well. There's so much detail in the show, I don't recommend this for children under 10. All in all it was a really fun evening out seeing something different. Just keep the outside dark walk in mind, as it isn't for everyone.