Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chicago Trolley La-La-La Holiday Lights Tours Terrific

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The Popular Holiday Tour Returns, Highlighting Chicago’s Iconic Destinations Including Lincoln Park ZooLights, Macy’s Holiday Windows and Christkindlmarket

There's nothing like a trolley tour on a brisk Chicago night. Eliminate the hassle and expense of parking and take the scenic route with a Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. to Chicago's best seasonal destinations. Bring your camera! Check out our Holiday Lights Tour Adventures and Photo Feature here, then book your own. This is a fun family evening and a great way to entertain visiting family and friends.

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. ushers in the holiday season with the annual Holiday Lights Tour. A Chicago tradition for all ages, the Holiday Lights Tour explores the city’s iconic seasonal landmarks, such as the Macy’s Holiday Windows, Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park ZooLights for a one-of-a-kind evening taking in the magic of the holidays. Each tour begins at the John Hancock Plaza Tree (875 N. Michigan Avenue), where riders board festively-named trolleys and then travel to Sprinkles Cupcakes to receive a complimentary handcrafted cupcake before heading down the Magnificent Mile to take in the glittering lights and begin the tour. The Holiday Lights Tour runs through December 23 and tickets ($18 - $49) are available now at

“Our Holiday Lights Tour celebrates everything we love best about Chicago and our winter season, complete with stops at destinations that both locals and visitors alike continue to make a part of their holiday traditions,” said Executive Director of Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co., Walt Chadick. “The holidays can be a busy time for everyone, and our tour allows riders to sit back, enjoy a cupcake and take in Christkindlmarket, Zoolights and the Macy’s Holiday Windows in one evening ride that captures our outstanding seasonal sights.”

Throughout the 2 ½ hour lightly narrated tour, the Holiday Lights Tour begins at the John Hancock Plaza Tree and takes passengers past the Macy’s Holiday Windows, to The Loop’s famous German-inspired Christkindlmarket, which transforms Daley Plaza into a quaint German village with shopping and holiday treats. Next, trolleys will go over the river to the brilliant array of lights and music at Lincoln Park’s ZooLights, followed by a journey down Michigan Avenue for one last glimpse at the lights of the city. At both Christkindlmarket and ZooLights, passengers disembark from the trolley and explore two of Chicago’s classic holiday experiences.

Schedule and Ticketing Information
2017 Holiday Lights Tour schedule is as follows:

The tour departs at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

November 24 – 26
December 1 – 3
December 8 - 23

Tickets are on now at Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers riders a Holiday Combo ticket which includes the Holiday Lights Tour and the 3-Day Hop on Hop Off Tour Ticket

Holiday Lights Tour
Adult - $29
Child - $18

Holiday Lights Tour + 3-Day Hop On Hop Off Ticket
Adult - $49.00
Child - $25.00

A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of the tour at the Hancock ticket booth (located on the corner of Delaware and Michigan Ave). Advance purchase online is recommended to guarantee seating.

The “Holiday Lights Tour” is 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, and tour can include customized destinations. To book a Holiday Lights Tour as a private charter, please visit or call 773-648-5000.  

About Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Founded in 1994, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. operates its famous "hop on hop off" tour year-round, stopping and starting at 14 different attractions downtown. From May through September, they also offer two neighborhood tours and a night tour as a part of their spring/summer ticket package.

Not only are they the largest tourism transportation company in Chicago, but they also drive for more than five thousand private events for locals each year all over downtown, the suburbs, and throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. They provide festive and unique transportation for company outings, weddings, convention shuttles, school tours, parades, and parties. Along with trolley and double decker bus rentals, Chicago Trolley is excited to announce that they are now renting 56 passenger coach buses. For more information, please visit  

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Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. Holiday Lights Tours make great gift ideas. For lots more giveaways, reviews, and gift ideas in Chi, IL and beyond, click here for ChiIL Mama's Holidaze 12 Days of Giveaways Gift Guide.

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