Holiday Express - Flower and Model Train Show

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

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The poinsettias are blooming and the trains are back on track. All aboard the Holiday Express!

Enjoy large-scale model trains churning 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 Trains, Planes, 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 are in place to ensure a safe, socially distanced experience:

Face masks required indoors
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.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, November 16, beginning at 10 a.m. Price includes admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory.

General Public: $6
Children 6 & up: $3
Children 5 & under: Free
Olbrich Members: Free

Additional processing fees apply to each reservation.

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