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Wonderland Express

November 25 – December 15, 2016
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 16 – January 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

EARLY CLOSING DAYS:
December 2, 9, 24: closes at 3 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)*
December 25: closed all day
*Early closings apply to the Wonderland Express exhibition only. Click here for Garden grounds hours.

TripAdvisor.com: 5 star rating “Great family outing.”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.”
Examiner.com: “A magical adventure!”
WMAQ-TV: “Fun for the whole family.”

It’s a light show! It’s a greenhouse extravaganza! It’s a railroad garden! It’s the city of Chicago in miniature! It’s snowing inside!

Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine!

Wonderland Highlights

PHOTO: Picasso

caroling 
It wouldn't be the holidays without music! Indoor caroling makes Wonderland Express sing.

HANDMADE WREATHS FOR SALE
Find a one-of-a-kind creation for your front door. Holiday wreaths handmade by Chicago Botanic Garden staff members are on display—and for sale—in the Greenhouse Gallery. 

ICE SCULPTING
Fantastic figures emerge as ice sculptors set up shop outdoors, with blocks of ice, chainsaws, and carving tools. Watch their progress with two carving sessions snow or shine. Bundle up the kids—they love watching the “snow” fly in the courtyards of the Regenstein Center.

holiday market
Vendors offer products such as seasonal produce, herbs, wreaths, handmade pottery, honey, and more.

PHOTO: Wonderland Express