Part of the magic of the Holiday Train is the time set aside for families to have their photos taken with Santa Claus on the one-car open sleigh. Hundreds of children of all ages waited patiently Saturday for Santa at the Howard Red Line station Saturday afternoon.
We all had a blast.
Some facts about the Holiday Train:
- CTA employees this year donated food for 300 baskets to give to the needy. Each food basket contains all the ingredients for a complete meal including a canned ham, potatoes, mixed vegetables, muffin mix, macaroni and cheese, fruit cocktail, green beans, corn and desert. The Holiday Train delivers the food baskets on three separate days over the holiday season.
- Employees also donate their time to make it happen. Elves, helpers, the motorman -even Santa Claus - are CTA employees working but not officially on the clock. They all look forward to giving their time to make people happy.
- CTA employees also donate money to buy things like candy canes, twinkling lights, even the instant film used to give every family member a FREE photo with Santa.
- About 150,000 lights adorn the Holiday Train. Approximately 1,000 are replaced each year from employee donations.
Next week the Holiday Train will travel the Red, Purple and Yellow lines. Check the schedule here.