It isn’t even turkey time, and the trees are lit and poinsettias are full at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, now and through the end of the year. And in the middle is the Holiday Express Train.

The model 4-4-2 locomotive makes its way along a crazy eight track, pausing briefly at a small village. 

Patrons can check out the Holiday Express Train during normal conservatory hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. An all-day pass at the conservatory is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 13-17. There is free admission on the first Thursday and Saturday of the month. 

Santa will be available to take Christmas gift requests noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16.