Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour
Chicago at the holidays: Is there anything more
For many families, checking out the holiday lights has
become a tradition. But what if you could see all the twinkles
without having to guard yourself against Jack Frost's
That's where the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour comes
in. Guests board the festive-looking trolleys for a tour through
our very own winter wonderland, complete with stops at Lincoln Park
Zoo and Christkindlmarket, where guests can get off and
The two-and-a-half-hour tours begin on Michigan Avenue and hit
all the holiday hot spots, including Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier
and, of course, Macy's on State Street. Along the way, a tour guide
"lightly narrates" the ride, doling out fun facts about the
Zoo Lights, the iconic Marshall Field's windows and the general
history of Christmas in Chicago.
"Not many people think of coming to Chicago in November or
December, but it's really pretty," says Trisha Carey,
marketing manager for Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. "You
get to sit in a trolley and stay warm and still see
She says trolleys provide a cozy space for sightseeing.
You'll still want to dress for winter, though, if you plan on
getting off at either of the stops.
Carey also says guests will receive coupons for wintertime
treats like brownies and hot chocolate.
The holiday lights tour began last year but has expanded
in 2012 with five trolleys departing at each of the pick-up times.
And Carey promises that even if you took one of last year's tours,
it's still worth doing again-and could even become a new holiday
"It definitely won't be the same tour guide each year, and
everyone has their own take on Christmas in Chicago," Carey
says. "We're going to try and switch it up a bit... It's a fun,
And a beautiful one at that.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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