- Holidays and Celebrations
Chicago Holiday Train
Chicago's Holiday Train
Get on the Holiday Train! The Chicago Transit Authority operates Santa's Holiday Train every year, taking tourists and locals alike around the city and spreading a bit of seasonal cheer! If you are a Chicago local or if you're visiting from out of town, the CTA Holiday Train is a great and inexpensive way to see the city!
Santa Claus is coming to town - riding the CTA
Information from The CTA website
The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with the popular Holiday Train. Santa and his elves will ride the train passing out candy canes and season's greetings.
The spectacular train is an amazing sight - during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands of twinkling lights outline the shape of the train and windows, with even more lights running across the tops of the cars.
Interiors of the cars are decked out with thousands of multi-colored lights, red bows, garland, and red and green overhead lighting. The hand poles are wrapped to look like candy canes.
As the train pulls into each station, Santa waves to the boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar that carries his reindeer and decorated holiday trees.
The Holiday Train will travel all CTA rail lines in November and December as part of regular rail service. Normal CTA fares apply.
The train generally operates from about 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on select weekdays (schedules for each rail line will vary), and will make stops at all stations along the respective routes.
For specific times, check the CTA website where they will be posted as the dates get closer. In the meantime watch the videos and look at the photos below to get your fix of the Santa train!
Green Line 11/29 - Fri
Green Line 11/30 - Sat
Green Line 12/3 - Tue
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/4 - Wed
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/5 - Thu
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/6 - Fri
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/7 - Sat
Pink Line 12/10 - Tue
Pink Line 12/11 - Wed
Blue Line 12/12 - Thu
Blue Line 12/13 - Fri
Blue Line 12/14 - Sat
Red Line 12/17 - Tue
Purple Line 12/18 - Wed
Red Line 12/19 - Thu
Purple Line 12/20 - Fri
Red Line & Purple Line 12/21 - Sat
Yellow Line 12/23 - Mon