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Model train set against a backdrop of fresh evergreensHoliday Express

Flower & Model Train Show

December 3 - 31, 2022

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Closes at 2 p.m. December 24

Closed all day December 25

The poinsettias are blooming and the trains are back on track. All aboard the Holiday Express!

Enjoy large-scale model trains chugging through a festive scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens. Each year, Olbrich's horticulturists design and carefully construct a unique environment for visitors to explore. The 2022 Holiday Express will feature a carnival theme.

During the show, members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society come from all over the state to show off their large-scale model trains. Depending on the day, you might see a bullet train, steam train, Santa train, circus train, or freight train.

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

Baker Tilly

The Jenni & Kyle Foundation



Admission is inclusive of all indoor attractions, including the Holiday Express Train Show and tropical Bolz Conservatory. No advance tickets necessary.

The outdoor gardens are free for all guests to enjoy and feature winter interest container arrangements.

$8 - Adults

$5 - Children 6 & up

FREE - Children 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Members (adult & child)

The Holiday Cafe will not be offered in Olbrich’s lobby during Holiday Express this year.

Carry-in drinks and light snacks are allowed in the lobby area.


Winter ContainerMember Preview

Friday, December 2, 2022

3 - 6 p.m.

Be the first to see the Holiday Express during this exclusive member preview.

Enjoy light refreshments, a face painter, and a live performance from Yid Vicious before or after you wander the festive model train show!

Additionally, all members receive 20% off in the gift shop all day long!


Not a member? Click here for more info on joining!



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