CTA Holiday Train and Bus Are Back for 2023

Families are welcomed to ride the festive train and bus.

It’s finally time for everyone favorite’s holiday train!

The Chicago Transit Authority recently shared the 2023 schedule for its annual holiday tradition. Families can ride the CTA Holiday Train and Holiday Bus on select dates from Friday, Nov. 24 to Thursday, Dec. 21. Photo sessions with Santa will be available on Saturdays. 

This holiday event provides affordable fun for Chicago families with a festive train decked out with thousands of lights, bows and garland. At each station, Santa greets boarding riders from his sleigh. Want more holiday fun? Look for the CTA Holiday Bus riding through various city neighborhoods.

Check the CTA website for the full schedule for the holiday train and bus. Normal fare fees apply. Note: children under 7 ride free. T

ake a peek of the holiday train schedule below! To help avoid crowds, the CTA suggests seeing the train and bus during the afternoons and to not bring strollers when riding. 

CTA Holiday Train Schedule 2023

  • Green Line & Orange Line: Nov. 24, 25 (Green Line only), 28
  • Orange Line & Brown Line: Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1-2
  • Red Line: Dec. 5, 7, 9
  • Purple Line: Dec. 6, 8, 9
  • Pink Line: Dec. 12-13
  • Blue Line: Dec. 14-16
  • Yellow Line: Dec. 21

CTA Holiday Bus Schedule 2023

  • #56 Milwaukee: Nov. 28-29
  • #91 Austin/#92 Foster: Nov. 30
  • #22 Clark: Dec. 1-2
  • #97 Skokie: Dec. 2
  • #74 Fullerton: Dec. 5
  • #66 Chicago: Dec. 6-7
  • #126 Jackson: Dec. 8
  • #12 Roosevelt: Dec. 9
  • #62 Archer: Dec. 12
  • #49 Western/#X49 Western Express: Dec. 13-14
  • #3 King Drive: Dec. 15-16
  • #79 79th: Dec. 19
  • #28 Stony Island: Dec. 20
  • #29 State: Dec. 21
  • #J14 Jeffery Jump: Dec. 22

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