Olbrich Home Holiday Express

Olbrich's Holiday Express:  Model Train and Flower ShowOlbrich's Holiday Express

December 6 - 31

10 am to 4 pm daily

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

Large-scale model trains wind through a 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

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 colorful, candy filled 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.


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.

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.

Sponsor a Tree

Here's a festive way to support the Gardens during the holidays: Sponsor one of the trees in Olbrich's Holiday Express Flower and Model Train Show. Your $50 gift can be in tribute of a friend or family member, and is tax deductible. A small notification card will be placed on the tree for the duration of the holiday show and mailed to you when it is taken down.

Simply fill out the form below and return with your payment to: Olbrich Botanical Society, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704. If you would like to phone in your sponsorship, please call 608-246-4724.

Sponsor a Tree Form (PDF)


Olbrich's Holiday Express is sponsored by

American Family Insurance     


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!



Cocktails in the Conservatory

New! Vintage Jewelry Sale

Holiday Express: Flower and Model Train Show

Holiday Concert Series




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