Ride Into the Season On a Trolley Holiday Lights Tour in Chicago

Chicago’s Favorite Festive Tour Returns

Swallow down that last forkful of turkey, because starting Friday, November 29, it’s officially appropriate (and wholly encouraged) to be completely in the holiday zone. The best initiation? Hopping on board a Trolley for the annual Holiday Lights Tour in Chicago.

Underneath the John Hancock Center’s shining Christmas tree awaits a holiday trolley adorned in Christmas lights that will take you on a two-and-a-half-hour excursion through the brightly lit Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Old Town, and Lincoln Park, stopping at the famous Christkindlmarket at Wrigleyville’s Gallagher Way, and then heading to illuminated holiday fun at the Lincoln Park ZooLights before circling back to the John Hancock Center. Even better? You can enjoy a complimentary bag of Hot Cocoa CaramelCrisp® from Garrett Popcorn on the trolley at the Holiday Lights Tour in Chicago.

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Photo Credit: Chicago Holiday Lights Tour

Holiday Lights Tours, hosted by Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co., are available during the following dates:

  • Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1
  • Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8
  • Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 23
  • Thursday, December 26 – Tuesday, December 30

Weekday time slots for these Christmas light tours near you in Chicago are open on December 16 – 19, 23, 26, and 30, running at 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm. Friday and Saturday slots are available November 29 – 30, December 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 21, and 27 – 28, at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm. Sunday slots are available on December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and run at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, and 5:30pm.


Adult boarding passes for the Holiday Lights Tour in Chicago are $35 and kids (3-15) are $20. We recommend ordering pre-sale tickets now, as admission is often limited on the day of the tour. Keep in mind, refunds are not provided for unused tickets, and tour routes and times are subject to change.

Prefer a tour all to yourself, or planning a group outing? Private trolley rentals are available to use at this Christmas Light Tour near you in Chicago, so feel free to request a quote!


If you’re interested in year-round tours of the city, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers Hop On and Off Tours, as well as, Land, Lake, and River tours at various times throughout the year.



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Featured Image Credit: Chicago Holiday Lights Tour





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