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Olbrich's Holiday Express


Dec 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
10:00 AM until 04:00 PM


December 1 - 31

10 am to 4 pm daily

Closed at 2 p.m. on December 24
Closed on December 25 and January 1

Large-scale model trains wind through a tropical holiday scene and hundreds of colorful poinsettias!


  • $3 for adults
  • $2 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

Members-Only Preview Party

Olbrich Botanical Society Members are invited to an exclusive sneak peek of Olbrich's Holiday Express on Friday, November 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. See the new tropical show first, and enjoy cookies, cider, and live music.

What is Olbrich's Holiday Express?

Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society come from all over the state to show off their large-scale model trains during Olbrich's Holiday Express. You'll see different trains, depending on the day. This year, trains wind through a jolly tropical scene. Visit Olbrich's Holiday Express Behind-the-Scenes to see the changes as Olbrich's Atrium is transformed from an empty room to a magical winter wonderland.


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.

The Vinery

This year, Olbrich Gardens was fortunate to collaborate with The Vinery, a local stained glass studio, to showcase handmade stained glass panels. The Vinery teaches glass crafts to hobbyists and carries a full line of tools and glass to compliment a wide variety of classes. Staffed by 12 artists and craftspeople, the studio has expanded their efforts into fusing, bead work, and mosaics.

Select stained glass panels will be for sale during the show through Olbrich's Growing Gifts Shop.

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.

Cost $3 adults/2 children (ages 3-12)/Free children (2 & under) and Olbrich members

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI
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Additional Information

For more information:

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Telephone: 608-246-4550


We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.