Friday, November 19, 2010

CTA Holiday Train 2010

UPDATE 3:17 PM - Got a message via Tracey Swartz on Twitter with regards to the Holiday Train:
hi sixth ward, santa will be taking fotos with riders at 95th red line stop on saturday between 1:50 p.m.-2:20 p.m.:
Will you be there on Saturday? - Levois

The Chicago Transit Authority should be setting up their schedule for the Holiday Train, featuring a special car for Santa Claus, very soon.

I took my daughter last year to the Holiday Train, and it was fun. Just the cost of an El Ride, we were able to get to Belmont & took some photos.

The Holiday schedule will be posted here.

This Saturday, families can take photos from 1:45pm - 2:15pm at the 95th street station.

Some suggestions for those considering doing it this year:
  1. Go to the beginning of the trip (whether it's Howard or 95th). Even just 2 stops into the "tour", at 79th, the train was quite crowded already.
  2. Plan to be there at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule. It will be a lot less stressful.
  3. There is a time to get a photo taken next to Santa & in front of the trains. This ride, it was at Belmont. But note-- it's only about 4 minutes to do so. So take your photos & hop back on! (we wound up missing it after the photos)
The dates, times and directions for the 69th, 79th, 87th and 95th el stops:

(Nov 20-21 Sat-Sun- Northbound)
  • 95th = 2:42pm   and   7:08pm
  • 87th = 2:44pm   and   7:10pm
  • 79th = 2:46pm   and   and 7:12pm
  • 69th = 2:48pm   and   7:14pm

(Dec 15 Wed - Northbound)
  • 95th = pm
  • 87th = pm
  • 79th = pm
  • 69th = pm
(Dec 17 and 20,  Fri and Mon- Northbound)

  • 95th = pm
  • 87th = pm
  • 79th = pm
  • 69th = pm
Any families want to meet up this year?

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