Olbrich's Holiday Express
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.
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
LED lights, which use 90 percent
less energy than typical incandescent holiday lights.
Olbrich's Holiday Express is sponsored by
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!
Leaf Mulch Sales
Plant Sale with the Pros
Rhapsody in Bloom
Bolz Conservatory Exhibit: Light Gaps