CTA Holiday Train Is Back But Without Riders

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

The Chicago Transit Authority recently announced the 2020 schedule for its annual holiday tradition. Things will be a bit different this year with CTA Holiday Train traveling “out of service” not allowing any riders. Families can watch the train from afar on select dates from Nov. 27 to Dec. 21. Photo sessions with Santa will not be available.

This holiday event provides affordable fun for Chicago families with festive trains 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 (also traveling out of service) 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. Take a peek of the holiday train schedule below! To help avoid crowds, the CTA suggests seeing the train during the afternoons.

CTA Holiday Train Schedule 2020

  • Green Line: Nov. 27-28, Dec. 1
  • Brown Line: Dec. 2-5
  • Orange Line: Dec. 2-5
  • Red Line: Dec. 8, 10 and 12
  • Purple Line: Dec. 9, 11 and 12
  • Pink Line: Dec. 15, 16 and 19
  • Blue Line: Dec. 17-19
  • Yellow Line: Dec. 21

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