MTA Holiday Train in New York City: What You Need to Know


All aboard the F train to ride the MTA holiday train! A Christmas treat, this train runs every Sunday that offers a ride back into time of the rich history of New York City and nostalgia of the holiday season.

Fittingly also known as the Holiday Nostalgia Train, it will run on a slightly new route this year on the Second Avenue Subway line, stretching from 96th street (Q) to Lexington Avenue/63rd Street (F/Q). It will make local stops along the Sixth Avenue (B/D/F/M) to Second Avenue (F).

These R1-9 vintage cars take you on a journey back through the era of their original service, operating from 1932 through 1977. Think incandescent lighting, ceiling fans, and padded seats – which, back in the day, were considered futuristic features! They also feature other characteristics marking this flashback in time: drop-sash windows, original advertisements as they were displayed in the past, and other vintage signage.

The MTA holiday train began running this year after Thanksgiving and will continue its Sunday rides through Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:

  • Nov. 26
  • Dec. 3
  • Dec. 10
  • Dec. 17
  • Dec. 24

The first trip departs Second Avenue at 10 a.m. and the final return trip leaves 96th Street at 5 p.m.