Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The Allstate CTA Holiday Train. | CTA
The Allstate CTA Holiday Train, a holiday tradition in the Chicago area, will be running along the Blue Line — the CTA line closest to Proviso Township suburbs — from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the train will run on the Blue Line from around 3:15 p.m. to around 6:10 p.m., making one trip from O’Hare to Forest Park and one trip from Forest Park back to O’Hare.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the train will run on the Blue Line from around 4:15 p.m. to around 7:15 p.m., making one trip from O’Hare to Forest Park and one trip from Forest Park back to O’Hare.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the train will run on the Blue Line from around 1:45 p.m. to around 5:15 p.m., making one trip from O’Hare to Forest Park and one trip from Forest Park back to O’Hare.
New to the train this year is the Elves’ Workshop Train, “a six-car train of magic and memories,” according to the CTA’s website, which will follow behind the Holiday Train.
According to the website, the Holiday Train “began on the Blue Line in 1992 when a ‘Season’s Greetings from the CTA’ sign was placed on the front of an out-of-service train used to deliver food to various charities. Over the years, this holiday tradition has evolved from its modest and humble beginnings to a spectacular, joyous sight to see – in daytime or nighttime.
“Today, as the train pulls into each station, Santa waves to the boarding riders from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar carrying his reindeer and decorated holiday trees.
“Both trains are wrapped with holiday and seasonal images. Thousands of twinkling lights outline the shape of the train and windows, with even more lights running across the tops of the cars.
“Strands of multi-colored lights are strung inside the two trains along with red bows, garland, red and green overhead lighting and hand poles wrapped to look like candy canes. Santa’s elves greet riders with plenty of candy canes for good boys and girls.”
For more Holiday Train schedules, click here. VFP
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