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About the train
The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with our 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 carrying his reindeer and decorated holiday trees.
Charity food delivery
The Holiday Train also continues a more-than-20-year agency tradition of supporting Chicago communities. Every year, CTA employees embrace the spirit of the holidays and donate time and money to purchase groceries and assemble food baskets that are distributed to community organizations across the city. CTA will donate approximately 300 food baskets to 30 local community organizations.
Each food basket contains all the ingredients for a complete meal including a canned ham, potatoes, mixed vegetables, muffin mix, macaroni and cheese, fruit cocktail, green beans, corn and desert. The Holiday Train delivers the food baskets on three separate days over the holiday season.
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.
The schedule continues as follows, with more detailed plans to follow on the train's site: http://www.transitchicago.com/holidaytrain/#schedule
Detailed Holiday Train Schedule
Detailed schedules will be posted as they become available.
Green Line 11/23 - Fri
Green Line 11/24 - Sat
Green Line 11/28 - Wed
Orange Line & Brown Line 11/29 - Thu
Orange Line & Brown Line 11/30 - Fri
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/1 - Sat
Pink Line 12/5 - Wed
Blue Line 12/6 - Thu
Blue Line 12/7 - Fri
Blue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line) 12/8 - Sat
Red Line 12/12 - Wed
Purple Line 12/13 - Thu
Red Line 12/14 - Fri
Red Line & Purple Line 12/15 - Sat
Red Line 12/18 - Tue
Purple Line 12/19 - Wed
Yellow Line 12/20 - Thu
Red Line & Purple Line 12/22 - Sat
The holiday train tradition began in 1992 when a "Season's Greetings from the CTA" sign was affixed to the front of a train delivering food to charities. The train first carried passengers in 1996 and, since then, has become just one of the city's most popular trademarks of the holiday season.
The train is so revered that it inspired a play, opening Nov. 24, based on locals' experiences of catching a ride on the colorful, cheerful chariot.
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