It's back! The long-awaited Holiday Train will thrill passengers young, old and in between starting around noon Saturday at the Howard station, heading south on the Red Line. The detailed schedule for Saturday is here; Sunday's schedule is here. The general schedule is here.
The Holiday Train is made up of six heavily decorated train cars, with Santa sitting in the middle on a flat-bed car. It will traverse all eight rail lines between Nov. 21 and Dec. 23. After all, Santa really has to get to work on Dec. 24.
It really is a sight to behold. It's especially cool to watch the faces of those who don't know it's coming. Usually folks on the opposite platform cheer for Santa and his elves as he pulls out of the station.
CTA Tattler will again this year plan a meet-up on the Holiday Train -- with warm drinks afterwards, of course. I'm open to suggestion on the date and time.
Meanwhile, check the continuation for the schedule of when Santa sashays down your rail line.
Holiday Train schedule:
November 21-22 -- Red and Purple Lines
November 25 -- Pink Line and Loop Elevated
November 27 -- Blue Line
November 29 -- Blue Line
December 2-5 -- Green Line
December 9-12 -- Brown and Orange Lines
December 16 -- Red Line
December 17 -- Purple Line
December 18 -- Red Line
December 21 -- Red Line
December 22 -- Purple Line
December 23 -- Yellow Line