Olbrich's Holiday Express
December 2-31, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Closes at 2 p.m. December 24
Closed all day December 25
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express!
Large-scale model trains wind
through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen!
During the show, members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society come from all over the state to show off their large-scale model trains. You may see a bullet train, steam train, Santa train, circus train, or freight train, depending on the day.
- $5 for adults
- $3 for children ages 3 to 12
- Children 2 and under are free
- Free for Olbrich Botanical Society members
- Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included
Member PREVIEW PARTY
Friday, December 1
Be the first to see Olbrich's Holiday Express in this exclusive member preview. Enjoy light refreshments and live musical entertainment as you get a first look of the botanical holiday wonderland.
Members may bring guests for free according to their membership level. See our Member Benefits webpage to find out how many guests are covered under your membership.
Become a member today and join us for this exclusive preview! Call 246-4724 for more information.
Strollers are not allowed in Olbrich's Holiday Express. Please enjoy the show with children on foot. Stroller parking is available in Olbrich's Lobby, and strollers are permitted in the Bolz Conservatory and outdoor gardens. We apologize for any inconvenience.
School groups, daycares, bus tours, and other groups are welcome to visit Olbrich's Holiday Express. We hope you will join us for this truly amazing event and register your group for a visit.
Groups larger than 10 people must register in advance. Please call 608-246-4550 to schedule a time for your group to visit so we can provide the best experience possible for your group and other vistiors as well.
Limited dates and times may be available for group visits. One group leader and the bus driver will receive free admission into the show. Payment can be made on arrival with the Event Manager. Cash, check, debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) are accepted. Please do not bring carry-in food or drink into the building.
behind the scenes
The hundreds of poinsettias used in Holiday Express are all grown in Olbrich’s greenhouses. Several poinsettia plants from the 2013 Holiday Express have been cared for all year and are now featured as large poinsettia shrubs!
Holiday Express was not built in a day! Olbrich Horticulturists and Garden Staff spend weeks preparing the show space, transforming the Atrium from an empty room to an enchanting winter landscape. Visit Olbrich's Holiday Express Behind-the-Scenes to see the transformation!
Energy-Efficient Holiday Lights
Evergreen trees in the show are decorated
LED lights, which use 90 percent
less energy than typical incandescent holiday lights.
ALso at Olbrich
Visit the tropical Bolz Conservatory, a glass pyramid filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall, fragrant orchids and free-flying birds.
Olbrich's Growing Gifts shop is loaded with garden-related gifts for friends and family.
Stroll the outdoor gardens. Colorful bark, berries, and the Thai Pavilion stand out against the snow.
Enjoy festive holiday music on Sunday afternoons
at 2 p.m. during December. Olbrich's Holiday
Concert Series features
holiday music for the entire family!
Light Gaps Bolz Conservatory Exhibit - March 25-July 16
Cocktails in the Conservatory - March 31
Pansy Sale - April 1
Plant Sale with the Pros - May 12 & 13
Mother's Day Concert - May 14
Gardens Galore Bus Trip - May 19