Full Schedule: CTA's Holiday Train, Bus Roll Out for the Season

The CTA's most festive train is back in service for the 25th year and it's bringing along a new partner -- the "Elves' Workshop Train."

The Holiday Train is a six-car train outfitted with Christmas lights and covered in snowflake and Santa Claus paintings that will run on all eight rail lines throughout the holiday season.

Joining the holiday train on tracks throughout Chicago will be the new Elves' Workshop Train, which will also be covered in colorful lights, garland, bows and festive winter scenes. 

The Elves' Workshop Train will follow the holiday train on Saturdays to give riders another festive option if the holiday train is full. 

“The CTA Holiday Train and Bus are iconic Chicago traditions that are enjoyed by thousands every year,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said in a statement. “We’re pleased to expand on that strong Chicago tradition by offering the new Elves’ Workshop Train, which will allow even more customers to experience this unique holiday happening.”

The holiday bus will also be making its way around the city for the third year. 

The 60-foot bus was transformed into a winter wonderland by employees who wanted to say "thank you" to customers and bring added cheer this season, the CTA said. 

The holiday trains and bus are set to run until Dec. 23. The full schedule is available here and is listed below.

Holiday Train (*Elves' Workshop Train following)

Sat., November 19 – Red Line
Fri., November 25 – Green Line
Sat., November 26 – Green Line*
Tue., November 29 – Green and Orange Lines
Wed., November 30 – Brown and Orange Lines
Thu., December 1 – Brown and Orange Lines
Fri., December 2 – Brown and Orange Lines
Sat., December 3 – Brown and Orange Lines*
Tue., December 6 – Pink Line
Wed., December 7 – Pink Line
Thu., December 8 – Blue Line
Fri., December 9 – Blue Line
Sat., December 10 – Blue Line*
Tue., December 13 – Red Line
Wed., December 14 – Purple Line
Thu., December 15 – Red Line
Fri., December 16 – Purple Line
Sat., December 17 – Red and Purple Lines*
Thu., December 22 – Purple Line Express
Fri., December 23 – Yellow Line

Holiday Bus
Tue., November 29 -- No. 56 Milwaukee
Wed., November 30 -- No. 56 Milwaukee 
Thu., December 1 -- No. 91 Austin
Fri., December 2 -- No. 22 Clark
Sat., December 3 -- No. 22 Clark/ No. 97 Skokie
Tue., December 6 -- No. 66 Chicago
Wed., December 7 -- No. 66 Chicago
Thu., December 8 -- No. 12 Roosevelt
Fri., December 9 -- No. 12 Roosevelt
Sat., December 10 -- No. 126 Jackson
Tue., December 13 -- No. 29 State
Wed., December 14 -- No. 29 State
Thu., December 15 -- No. 28 Stony Island
Fri., December 16 -- No. 62 Archer
Sat., December 17 -- No. 62 Archer
Tue., December 20 -- No. X49 Western Exp.
Wed., December 21 -- No. 79 79th
Thu., December 22 -- No. 3 King Drive
Fri., December 23 -- No. 3 King Drive
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