All aboard the big red trolley for a magical Holiday Lights Tour of the Windy City. The journey offers a warm, guided, festive and hassle-free way to see Chicago’s top holiday attractions dressed in their holiday finest.
The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Company’s popular Holiday Lights Trolley Tour kicks off today and will run through December 31
(see bottom of post for exact days and times).
Passengers on the trolley will receive the “grand tour” of Chicago’s festive lights and holiday spectacles without having the worry of driving and parking.
On Dasher, on Dancer…Chicago’s trolleys are the Windy City’s answer to a reindeer drawn sleigh and a lot more comfortable. Each trolley is named after one of Santa’s reindeer, friends of the North Pole and even Santa himself.
The ride starts and ends at the John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan). The festive trolley proceeds south down the Magnificent Mile surrounded by the twinkling trees lining the avenue to State Street for a peek at Macy’s animated Holiday Windows (make sure to check out the window where the Frango mints are being made).
Tour-goers will also see Navy Pier all aglow in lights with the entire facade of Navy Pier covered a spectacular lights display as part of their Winter Wonderfest ( December 6 through January 12).
Passengers will be invited to hop off the trolley at two of Chicago’s most popular holiday events—the Christkindlmarket–the traditional German American holiday market with distinctive crafts, artistic glass ornaments, delicious sweets and holiday food and drinks in Daley Plaza and Lincoln Park’s Zoo Lights blazing with two million lights–that transform the zoo into a winter wonderland.
Passengers will also enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and a brownie provided by Hershey’s Chocolate.
The “Holiday Lights Tour” is a lightly narrated 2 ½ hour tour showcasing the best of Chicago’s holiday lights and sights.
Schedule and Ticketing Information
The “Holiday Lights Tour runs Fridays through Sundays, November 29 through December 22 (excluding Dec. 23 – 25) and then every day December 26 through December 31. There are three departure times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tours hold 32 passengers each and tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance online. A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of the tour at the Delaware St. Chicago Trolley kiosk. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children (3-11).
The “Holiday Lights Tour” is also available as a private charter (32 person group maximum Trolley capacity). The Trolley will pick up passengers at any desired location in Chicago or the suburbs. You can customize your tour to go anywhere you want. To book a Holiday Lights Tour as a private charter, click here or call 773 648 5000.
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