This year the Holiday Train, sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is bound to spread some cheer! No matter when you travel, you will likely come across Santa, his reindeer and elves as they pass out candy canes and greetings to commuters who live in Chicago. The Holiday Train is made up of six-cars decorated with holiday images and thousands of twinkling lights. The car interiors are decked out, as well, with even the hand poles decorated to resemble candy canes. The sight is well worth a trip on the train (no extra fees for the seasonal fun) for any age, so this is a family trip to plan on taking as you journey from your Chicago home this season.
The train is operational from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 to 7 p.m. on many weekdays, however you can double check the schedule by clicking here, to make sure your ride is what you expect. The Holiday Train travels throughout the CTA system, so whether you ride the blue, orange, pink, green, red, yellow, or purple line, you are likely to catch a glimpse.
As a special treat, the Holiday Train also delivers food to those in need over a three day period during the holidays. CTA employees donate time and money to purchase groceries and assemble food baskets and deliver them to community organizations throughout Chicago. This year’s effort will produce approximately 300 food baskets to be delivered to Chicago homes.