Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Olbrich's Holiday Express

train close upDecember 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 and fresh evergreens!

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.

Horseshoe Horses

 

This year, make sure to don your best cowboy hat when you visit!! Just like in the days of the Wild West, our model trains will cruise through a miner's gold camp and stop off at the Yellow Rose of Texas Saloon.

Pull up a straw bale around the campfire and enjoy the blooming desert, bright with arid flowers, cacti, agave, and aloe. Mark your calendars and hitch up the wagons - we're headed West!

 

 

 

Admission

  • $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

Banjo_webFriday, December 1

3-6 p.m.


Be the first to see Olbrich's Holiday Express in this exclusive member preview. Enjoy light refreshments and classic country western music from local band The North Westerns, as well as a lively square dance performance from the Westport Squares!.

Members may bring guests for free according to their membership level. Review our Membership Benefits 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

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.

Groups

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 with energy-efficient 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!

 

UPCOMING Events

Holiday Express Flower & Model Train Show | December 2 - 31

Holiday Concert Series | December 3, 10, 17

Children of the Rainforest | January 20

Cocktails in the Conservatory | January 26

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit - Maria Sibylla Merian: The Suriname Expedition 1699-1701 | November 4 - March 4

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719