Behind the Scenes of Olbrich's Holiday Express
Setting up Olbrich's Holiday Express takes weeks of work and the coordination of many people. A group of horticulturists and garden staff start with an empty room and transform it into a holiday wonderland.
Olbrich's Holiday Express is open December 3 though 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
wreath is hung
The finishing touches are added. Decorating the lobby culminates with the hanging of a large wreath decorated by Olbrich's horticulture staff.
poinsettias add color
Horticulture staff members arrange hundreds of poinsettias in shades of red, pink, and white.
Garland is hung
Twinkling lights are strung - the lobby starts to look festive!
Evergreen garland is hung in Olbrich's lobby and the aroma of freshly cut pine branches fills the building.
Setting up the train track
Model train tracks are placed on top of the cement blocks. Gravel is also added in between the ties of the track and makes it look more realistic.
cement blocks are the foundation of the train track
The shape of the train track can be seen from above.
Cement blocks are used as the foundation for the train tracks.
Pine trees begin to line the perimeter of the room . L.E.D. lights, which use less energy than traditional holiday lights, are strung on all the trees.
The smell of freshly cut pine trees fills the entire building!
Tree stands are the first things brought in the Atrium during set-up.
before setup begins
Olbrich's Atrium, the setting for Olbrich's Holiday Express, starts as an empty room.