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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.

December 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. 5 star rating “Great family outing.”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.” “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

A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers Theatre, Chicago El trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express!

PHOTO: Picasso

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

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. 

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.

landmark lectures 
Join Bonnie McDonald of Landmarks Illinois for fascinating historical insight into the achitecture of Chicago's landmarks. Compare the Wonderland Express replicas to their originals!

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

PHOTO: Wonderland Express