Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory 30th Anniversary Campaign


Model train set against a backdrop of fresh evergreensHoliday Express

Flower & Model Train Show

December 4 - 31, 2021

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Timed tickets must be reserved in advance.

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 creative horticulturists design and carefully construct a unique environment for visitors to explore.

This year’s show theme is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – so get your tickets out, make sure your tray tables are in the upright position, and buckle up!

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.

Safety measures

To ensure a safe, socially distanced experience:

  • Face masks are required in all indoor spaces at the Gardens
  • Reduced capacity in exhibit viewing area
  • Timed tickets must be reserved in advance
  • Holiday Cafe not offered this year; carry-in water bottles allowed



Timed tickets must be reserved in advance. Olbrich members still receive free admission, but must reserve free tickets in advance to help manage capacities.

Check Availability & Purchase Tickets Here!

(Price includes admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory)

$6 - General Public

$3 - Children 6 & up

FREE - Children 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Members (adult & child)

Additional processing fees apply to each purchase.

Need assistance purchasing tickets?

Available 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For fast, convenient service - call or email in advance.

Email: OlbrichPrograms@cityofmadison.com or call 608-243-0156.

Starting December 4 - ticket assistance is available onsite at the Gardens, waiting lines may apply

Cancelation Policy:

  • Tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable
  • In the event of extreme weather, Olbrich may cancel the Holiday Express for that day.
  • Cancelation notices will be posted to the homepage of this site and to Olbrich's social media channels.
  • Tickets for canceled viewings will be refunded in 3-5 business days. Patrons can repurchase tickets for another available date at their convenience.


Winter ContainerMember Preview

Friday, December 3, 2021

3 - 6 p.m.

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

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

Tickets not required for the Member Preview.

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