Type: Family Friendly, Gardens, Outdoor Activities - Winter
Some 700,000 twinkling outdoor lights, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden a beloved holiday tradition. The Esplanade features trees... Read More
Some 700,000 twinkling outdoor lights, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden a beloved holiday tradition. The Esplanade features trees wrapped in lights and a massive evergreen tree decorated with multicolored lights. Greenhouses are decorated with colorful plants and wreaths. Get a ticket to continue through Joutras Gallery and its gingerbread village encircled by a train. Nichols Hall is transformed into a storybook model train landscape with more than 80 miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks crafted set in a horticultural display including poinsettias, small fir trees, amaryllis and boxwoods. Look for a replica of an old-style railroad water tower while gazing upon garden-scale trains winding along tracks, trellises and bridges. Plan your visit between Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 to Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Tickets are half- price on Tuesdays. Access to the outdoor lighting displays, greenhouses and greenhouse gallery is free.
- Holiday Attractions: "Check the website for a schedule of events including a seasonal wine, spirits and brews tasting; Hanukkah and Christmas concerts; breakfast with Santa; and family activities."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Holidays are enhanced by the exhibition of twinkling lights, wreaths, holiday trees, model trains and a miniature landscape of Chicago landmarks.