Thursday, December 11, 2014


Holiday Cheer Comes Alive Throughout Chicago as Passengers Enjoy the Magnificent Mile Lights, Macy’s Holiday Windows and More with Stops at the Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park’s Zoo Lights

Chicago Trolley Continues the “Year of Giving” by Donating to the“Stay Warm Illinois” Hat, Glove and Scarf Drive 

Here at ChiIL Mama we've taken a number of trolley and double decker tours (though always in warm weather) and we adore Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. Many of their tour guides are hilarious, personable and knowledgable professional actors and it's a great way to get around town in style. We hope to catch the Holiday Lights Tour this year. We've never done it, but we've heard great things. They do tend to fill up and sell out, so book your tickets as soon as possible.

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. rings in the 2014 holiday season with the magical “Holiday Lights Tour,” highlighting all the dazzling winter sights throughout the city and creating a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for the whole family. Chicago’s winter-wonderland comes to life as festive Holiday Trolleys whisk passengers on an enchanting journey through the glittering lights and holiday sights of the city. Tours run through January 4, Friday – Sunday evenings (6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays). All holiday lights tours will begin and end at the John Hancock Plaza tree (875 N. Michigan Avenue).

“The historic buildings, iconic sights and beautiful views make Chicago a stunning visual spectacle year-round that is only further enhanced with twinkling lights and blankets of snow during the Holidays,” said President of Chicago Trolley Co. Jim Schwartz. “The Holiday Lights tour has become a family tradition for patrons old and young and continues to be a city favorite, giving passengers a magical look at the city in all of its magnificent holiday glory!”

Festively named Trolley’s including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, transport passengers through a lightly narrated 2 ½ hour tour showcasing the sparkling lights of The Magnificent Mile, the iconic Macy’s Holiday Windows, historic State Street and Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. In addition, The Holiday Light’s Tour makes stops at two of Chicago’s favorite holiday spectacles—the Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park’s Zoo Lights. 

Located in Daley Plaza the Christkindlmarket offers riders the opportunity to shop a traditional German American holiday market with distinctive crafts, artistic glass ornaments, delicious sweets and holiday food and drinks. At the second stop, passengers can explore the elaborate Lincoln Park Zoo Lights strung throughout the entire zoo. Passengers will also enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and a cookie provided by Hershey’s Chocolate.

Tickets are now on sale, $29 for adults and $19 for kids and must be purchased 24 hours in advance at 

**New this year, Chicago Trolley offers riders a Holiday Combo ticket which includes the Holiday Lights Tour and the Signature Hop-on Hop-off tour, $66.50 for adults and $35 for kids.**

Year of GivingKeep Warm Illinois
Continuing the “Year of Giving” campaign, Chicago Trolley joins the State of Illinois in their “Keep Warm Illinois” drive, December 1 – 22, 2014. To support this Chicago endeavor, Trolley patrons are invited to bring new, warm hats, gloves and scarves to the John Hancock Plaza stop (875 N. Michigan Avenue), the Michigan Avenue Bridge stop (Michigan and Wacker) or Block Thirty Seven-Explore Store (108 N. State St) to receive $5 off the regular price of an Explore Chicago ticket ($45 for adults, $16 for kids) to Chicago Trolley’s Signature Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour or 10% off a private Trolley charter.

Schedule and Ticketing Information
The “Holiday Lights Tour” runs Friday – Sunday, through January 4 (excluding Dec. 24 – 25) with three departure times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The tour departs from The John Hancock Plaza tree located at Michigan Avenue and Delaware Streets (875 N. Michigan Avenue). Tours hold 32 passengers each and tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance online at A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of the tour at the Delaware St. Chicago Trolley kiosk. Advance purchase online is recommended to guarantee seating. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children (3-11).

The Holiday Lights Touris also available as a private charter (32 person group maximum Trolley capacity). The Trolley will pick up passengers at any desired location in Chicago or the suburbs. You can customize your tour to go anywhere you want. To book a Holiday Lights Tour as a private charter, please visit or call 773-648-5000.

*The Holiday Lights Tour will not operate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. On Wednesday December 17 and Thursday, December 18 there will only be one departure time at 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Trolley Tours
Explore Chicago tickets ($18 - $45) include a valuable guide book packed with more than 20 offers including free samples and over $100 in savings at partner venues including Chicago’s famous Garrett Popcorn, Hershey’s and more. Tours operate daily with vehicles departing the designated stops every 8-12 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. year round. The last boarding call is 5 p.m. daily during the summer months, Memorial Day through Labor Day.  There are no tours Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For more information, visit or call 773-648-5000.

About Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Founded in 1994, this unique transportation company has entertained and informed millions of locals and visitors on their all-day sightseeing tours and private charters such as corporate charters, college event transportation, pub crawls, weddings and more.  The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers a unique and professional transportation service to entertain clients or guests that seek insider's tips on the best of Chicago, or for interesting travel options to transport business and social groups. The popular tour company has earned two Chicago Visitor's Choice Awards, including honors for Chicago's Best Tours/Transportation and for Best Service.


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