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Wonderland Express

November 27 – December 17, 2015
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

December 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

December 3, 4, 12, and 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. The Garden grounds remain open until 6 p.m. 5 star rating “Don’t miss!”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.” “A magical adventure!”
WMAQ-TV: “Fun for the whole family.”

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 out for Thomas the Tank Engine!  


PHOTO: Picasso

Add the perfect touch of music to your Wonderland Express visit! The beautiful sounds of the season will echo through Wonderland Express.

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

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 will offer products such as seasonal produce, herbs, wreaths, handmade pottery, honey, and more.

PHOTO: Wonderland Express

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!