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2019 CTA Holiday Train, Bus: See the Full Schedule

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced its 2019 holiday train and bus schedule, which continues through the end of December

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    The Chicago Transit Authority has Announced its 2019 Holiday Train

    The Chicago Transit Authority has announced its 2019 holiday train and bus schedule, which continues through the end of December.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019)

    Santa's sleigh just got a lot bigger. 

    The Chicago Transit Authority has announced its 2019 holiday train and bus schedule, which continues through the end of December. 

    The holiday train and elves' workshop train will feature Santa on a sleigh at the front of the train, festive decor with thousands of twinkling lights and even elves with candy canes and more. 

    The train is a tradition decades in the making, beginning on the Blue Line in 1992 with a simple "Season's Greetings from the CTA" sign on a train that delivered food to various charities. 

    The 60-foot holiday bus will also be transformed into a "winter wonderland" with "Ralphie the Reindeer" and Santa's sleigh in tow. Strings of lights will outline the bus and its windows along with 3-D antlers up top and a ruby light at the front of the bus. Some riders will even be able to take photos with Santa. 

    The CTA Holiday train will make its way through all "L" lines in late-November and December from 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on some weekdays. Every Saturday, the holiday train will be followed by the elves' workshop train to "allow more to enjoy this one of a kind holiday experience."

    The holiday bus will run from Nov. 26 through Dec. 23. The train runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. 

    Here's a look at the full schedules: 

    BUS:

    NOTE: Schedule times are approximate

    Tue 11/26

    #56 Milwaukee 

    12:28p

    NB from Madison/Wabash

    Wed 11/27

    #56 Milwaukee 

    1:15

    SB from Jefferson Park Blue Line

    Photo session:

    Jefferson Park Blue Line

    approx. 4:20p-5:20p

    Fri 11/29

    #22 Clark/#97 Skokie

    12:38p

    WB as #97 from Howard Terminal to Old Orchard

    Photo session:

    Old Orchard

    approx: 1:35p-2:30p 

    2:46p

    EB from Old Orchard

    3:55p

    SB as #22 from Howard Terminal to Harrison/Clark

    Sat 11/30

    #22 Clark

    12:30p

    SB from Howard Terminal (Red/Purple/Yellow lines)

    Photo session:

    Howard Terminal

    approx: 4:10p-5:05p

    Sun 12/1

    #92 Foster and #91 Austin 

    12:13p

    WB as #92 from Berwyn Red Line to Jefferson Park Blue line

    1:05p

    SB as #91 from Jefferson Park Blue Line

    5:40p

    EB as #92 from Jefferson Park Blue Line to Berwyn Red Line

    Tue 12/3

    #66 Chicago

    12:04p

    EB from Chicago/Austin

    Photo session:

    Navy Pier

    approx. 4:15p-5:15p

    Wed 12/4

    #66 Chicago

    12:24p

    EB from Chicago/Austin

    Thu 12/5

    #126 Jackson

    1:00p

    EB from Jackson/Austin

    Fri 12/6

    #12 Roosevelt

    1:40p

    EB from Harrison/Central

    Photo session:

    Harrison/Central

    approx. 4:10p-5:10p

    Sat 12/7

    #12 Roosevelt

    1:10p

    EB from Harrison/Central

    Wed 12/11

    #62 Archer

    12:40p

    SB from Kinzie/Sate

    Thu 12/12

    #62 Archer

    1:10p

    NB from Midway Orange Line

    Photo session:

    Midway Orange Line

    approx. 4:05p-5:05p

    Fri 12/13

    #49 Western and #X49 Western Exp.

    12:39p

    NB as #49 from 79th/Western

    2:30p

    SB as #X49 from Berwyn/Western

    5:50p

    NB as #X49 from 79th/Western

    7:40p

    SB as #49 from Berwyn/Western

    Photo session:

    79th/Western

    approx. 4:25p-5:40p

    Sat 12/14

    #79 79th

    12:44p

    EB from 79th/Western

    1:55p

    WB from 79th/Lake Front

    to Ford City Mall

    Photo session:

    Ford City Mall

    approx. 3:25p-4:25p

    Wed 12/18

    #3 King Drive

    1:35p

    SB from Ontario/Fairbanks

    Photo session:

    @ 95th/Chicago State U.

    approx. 3:20p-4:20p

    Thu 12/19

    #3 King Drive

    12:20p

    NB from 95th/Chicago State U.

    Fri 12/20

    #28 Stony Island

    1:10p

    NB from Olive Harvey College

    to 47th/Lake Park

    3:08p

    NB from Olive Harvey College

    to Union Station

    Photo session:

    Union Station

    approx. 4:45p-5:45p

    Sat 12/21

    #29 State

    12:03p

    NB from 95th Red Line

    Photo session:

    Navy Pier

    approx. 4:15p-5:15p

    Sun 12/22

    #29 State

    12:30p

    NB from 95th Red Line

    Mon 12/23

    #J14 Jeffrey Jump

    11:17a

    NB from 103rd/Stony Island

    TRAIN:

    * = Elves' Workshop Train to follow

    Green Line & Orange Line Fri 11/29

    Green Line Sat 11/30*

    Green Line & Orange Line Tue 12/3

    Orange Line & Brown Line Wed 12/4

    Orange Line & Brown Line Thu 12/5

    Orange Line & Brown Line Fri 12/6

    Orange Line & Brown Line Sat 12/7*

    Pink Line Tue 12/10

    Pink Line Wed 12/11

    Blue Line Thu 12/12

    Blue Line Fri 12/13

    Blue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line) Sat 12/14*

    Red Line Tue 12/17

    Purple Line Wed 12/18

    Red Line Thu 12/19

    Purple Line Fri 12/20

    Red Line & Purple Line Sat 12/21*

    Yellow Line Skokie Swift Bird Fri 12/23

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