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Holiday Train Heads Back to the Blue Line

December 6, 2017 - 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 on December 7th - December 9th, 2017

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 (crazy for sure) 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. Schedules for each train will vary. 

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

Just a friendly reminder, you can catch the Holiday Train at the Damen Blue Line El Station (1558 N. Damen Avenue) the Division Blue Line El Station (1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue) or the Western Station (1900N. Western Avenue).  A more detailed schedule will be published when it becomes available.


2017 Detailed Jewel-Osco CTA Holiday Train Schedule
Follow date links, where available, for detailed schedules (posted as they become available).
Red Line 11/18 - Sat
Green Line & Orange Line 11/24 - Fri
photo dayGreen Line 11/25 - Sat*
Green Line & Orange Line 11/28 - Tue
Orange Line Brown Line 11/29 - Wed
Orange Line Brown Line 11/30 - Thu
Orange Line Brown Line 12/1 - Fri
photo dayOrange Line Brown Line 12/2 - Sat*
Pink Line 12/5 - Tue
Pink Line 12/6 - Wed
Blue Line 12/7 - Thu
Blue Line 12/8 - Fri
photo dayBlue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line) 12/9 - Sat*
Red Line 12/12 - Tue
Purple Line 12/13 - Wed
Red Line 12/14 - Thu
Purple Line 12/15 - Fri
photo dayRed Line & Purple Line 12/16 - Sat*
Purple Line 12/21 - Thu
Yellow Line 12/22 - Fri

photo day = Photos with Santa; 
*Jewel-Osco CTA Elves' Workshop Train in service and directly following the Jewel-Osco CTA Holiday Train


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.

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