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The Holiday Train Is Baaaaack On The Blue Line - Find Out Here When You Can Hop On

One of our favorite little holiday 'happenings' in the neighborhood, the CTA's Holiday Train is heading back to the Blue Line in December. The CTA has announced the schedule for the whole season across all lines and the Holiday Train will be back in our neighborhood from December 10th through December 12th and you can even have pictures taken with Santa on December 12th.

It's always really fun to see the train heading down the tracks decorated with garland and ribbons on the inside and thousands of lights on the outside. It truly looks stunning at night. Santa and his reindeer ride the open part of the middle of the train (and yes there is a real live person in the middle of the train outdoors riding those tracks) and his elves hand out candy canes to passengers. The train is always packed which should come as no surprise but it's worth the crowd. We have a blast riding it every year. The Holiday Train runs 3pm-7pm week days and 1pm -8pm weekends. 

If you see it - and take pictures - send them our way. A full schedule for all trains is below.

You will be able to catch the holiday crew at the Damen (1558 N. Damen Avenue), Division (1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and/or the Western Blue Line El Stations (1900 N. Western Avenue).  Will follow up with a more detailed schedule (including times) when it becomes available.


This awesome video was taken by Kristen Caston and is being used with her permission. You can see the Holiday Train during that day AND at night. 

Chicago's Christmas L Train from Kristen Caston on Vimeo.

And....Here are the exact times you can hop on the Holiday Train !  Just click on the link for each day

to see when the Holiday Train will be arriving at each stop.


2015 Detailed Sprint CTA Holiday Train Schedule
Click the dates below to see full details. 

(Detailed schedules are posted as they become available. Unlinked dates indicate a schedule for that date has not yet been published.)
Red Line 11/21 - Sat
Green Line 11/27 - Fri
photo dayGreen Line 11/28 - Sat
Green Line 12/1 - Tue
Orange Line Brown Line 12/2 - Wed
Orange Line Brown Line 12/3 - Thu
Orange Line Brown Line 12/4 - Fri
photo dayOrange Line Brown Line 12/5 - Sat
Pink Line 12/8 - Tue
Pink Line 12/9 - Wed
Blue Line 12/10 - Thu
Blue Line 12/11 - Fri
photo dayBlue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line) 12/12 - Sat
Red Line 12/15 - Tue
Purple Line 12/16 - Wed
Red Line 12/17 - Thu
Purple Line 12/18 - Fri
photo dayRed Line & Purple Line 12/19 - Sat
Purple Line 12/22 - Tue
Yellow Line 12/23 - Wed

photo day = Photos with Santa

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