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Wonderland Express
Wonderland Express
Wonderland Express

Wonderland Express

November 23 – December 21, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Early Closing Days
November 30, December 8 and 24: exhibition closes at 3 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)*
December 25: exhibition will be closed all day*
*Early closings apply to the Wonderland Express exhibition only. Click here for Garden grounds hours. 5 star rating “Great family outing.”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.” “A magical adventure!”
WMAQ-TV: “Fun for the whole family.”

'Tis the season for family fun! Join us at the Garden for Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers.

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

Free Movie Days

December 23
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Prep and Landing

December 29 & 30
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Jack Frost
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

Free to all ticketed guests, enjoy holiday classics in Alsdorf Auditorium.


It wouldn't be the holidays without music. Indoor caroling makes Wonderland Express sing.
10 a.m. – noon

November 23: Classic Ring Carolers
November 24: CQ
November 25: etc. Music School
December 22: Lola Bard Productions

Ice Sculpting

December 16 and January 5 & 6
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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.


Special offer for ComEd customers.

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