Category: Holiday Train

CTA's new Holiday Bus joins Holiday Train for good commuting cheer

The CTA Holiday Train is a longtime and beloved tradition for commuters and families alike. There’s really nothing quite like the surprise on people’s faces when the Holiday Train comes rolling into the station. Now the CTA wants to spread good cheer on Chicago bus routes with the Holiday Bus, guided by the red nose... Read more »

CTA Holiday Train to make one last run Monday on Yellow Line

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Well over 100 kids and parents waited patiently around noon Saturday to have their photo taken with Santa Claus at Howard Street station on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines. The CTA elves – employees who volunteer their time to staff the Holiday Train – unloaded 40 boxes of food for needy families served by... Read more »

CTA Holiday Train: Santa and crew to work long day Saturday on Red, Purple lines

Santa Claus and his CTA helpers will work a long day on Saturday, riding the Red and Purple lines, posing for photos with kids of all ages, and delivering boxes of food to the needy. The festivities start at Howard terminal at about 11:15 a.m., when Santa presents 20 food boxes apiece to two agencies:... Read more »

CTA Holiday Train prepares for its final week with rides on Red, Purple and Yellow lines

The CTA’s Holiday Train is rolling into its last week of operation, as Christmas Day is just eight days away. The popular train with Santa sitting in the middle of an open car finally hits the Red Line today. It will make a round trip from Howard to 95th/Dan Ryan starting at about 2:40 p.m.... Read more »

How the CTA Holiday Train got its start

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WGN-TV presents this Chicago’s Merry Own Holidays short history of how the CTA Holiday Train came to be. Does anyone know of any other city that has something like this? I think it’s quite unique and we’re lucky to have it.

It will be a Blue Christmas for CTA Holiday Train this weekend

That’s Blue, as in Blue Line, which Santa Claus will visit starting Thursday from O’Hare at 3:13 p.m. It will make two trips on the Blue Line Thursday, heading to Forest Park, and then turning around and going back to O’Hare. If you’re working in the Loop on Thursday, look for the Holiday Train to... Read more »

CTA gifts can fulfill holiday shopping needs

There are only a few more weeks to see the Waltzing Mechanics version of "El Stories Holiday Train." Take a friend and it's like a gift to yourself too!
If you have a railfan on your holiday shopping list, the CTA and various CTA tchotchke makers have some great ideas for you. Check out the photo gallery and get one step closer to knocking a few items off your gift list.

CTA news pickup: Rahm backs Claypool; Holiday Train rides Orange-Brown lines

Here are some CTA news items you may have missed, plus this week’s Holiday Train schedule. Full vote of confidence from Rahm for CTA Prez Claypool. “Forrest has more than my full confidence,” quoth Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a DNAinfo Chicago report. That’s despite the less-than-smooth rollout of the new Ventra fare payment system. Emanuel... Read more »

CTA Holiday Train hits Green and Orange lines first on Black Friday

The CTA Holiday Train will make it 2013 debut voyage on the Orange Line before turning Green on Black Friday. The festivities will start just after 3 p.m. on Friday at Midway. At Roosevelt, the train turns Tannenbaum green around the Loop and out to Harlem/Lake and back. Saturday is Photos with Santa Day from... Read more »

Thanksgiving arrives late this year, and so does the CTA Holiday Train

Nov. 28 is the latest day that Thanksgiving can occur in the calendar. So that means the CTA’s Holiday Train has fewer days to delight children of all ages. But that doesn’t mean it won’t try! I obtained an advance copy of this year’s Holiday Train schedule. I couldn’t get this schedule formally confirmed, but... Read more »