Gardenland Express: Conifers of the World

When: Nov. 21-Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Dec. 26-Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2016

This season, have yourself an evergreen little Christmas at the Gardenland Express train exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or The theme is "conifers of the world," and it celebrates those cone-bearing plants of the season — the pines, junipers, firs, yews and spruces. Six tracks of LGB G-scale model trains chug along through the 5,000-square-foot display of live plants (coniferous and blooming), which is enlivened by miniature winter scenery such as ice skaters on a pond and skiers on the slopes. Gardenland Express is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sunday, January 3, 2016, but closed on Christmas Day. Tickets are $5, in addition to the regular garden admission of $3 to $8.

Mark Fischer

Price: $5, plus regular garden admission of $3-$8