The Allstate CTA Holiday Train will begin service on Friday, Nov. 29.

The train will visit stations throughout the CTA system, and riders will enjoy a festive, six-car train that’s newly decorated with holiday scenes, sparkling lights and bright LED signage. Santa and his reindeer will ride along outside the train, traveling from line to line to greet children and their families.

Also arriving for the next several Saturdays will be the equally popular Allstate CTA Elves’ Workshop Train. It provides an opportunity for more families to ride and enjoy a merry experience on the city’s busiest shopping days. This addition to the CTA Holiday Fleet, first introduced in 2016, will run behind the Allstate CTA Holiday Train and is similarly decorated with thousands of colorful lights and festive winter scenes.

Santa enjoys taking the train, but he loves road trips, too. The Allstate CTA Holiday Bus is a great way to see Santa and his elves for those customers who prefer taking the bus around the city.

On the exterior of the bus, customers will see “Ralphie the Reindeer” and his bright green nose. In addition to hundreds of twinkling lights outlining the bus, the interior will feature artwork created by the talented students at Perkins Bass Elementary School. Visitors also will find a miniature village, lights and holiday-themed seating. Best of all, the bus will include Mr. Claus on his sleigh, a perfect place to take memorable family photos.

The Allstate CTA Holiday Train, Allstate CTA Elves’ Workshop Train and Allstate CTA Holiday Bus will make all stops along their scheduled routes. The normal CTA fares apply.

Passengers wanting to catch a ride on these one-of-kind holiday attractions can find the complete schedules of locations and routes of the Allstate CTA Holiday Train and Holiday Bus by using the CTA Train Tracker at