If you follow me on Facebook then you already know that last week, I had a three year long Chicago dream come true. I got to ride the CTA Holiday Train! I have literally been wanting to ride this train since the minute we first visited Chicago, but after years of no official sitings and only mythical stories, I was beginning to think we'd never meet. But then, last week, in a moment of pure fate, I got the chance to experience the CTA Holiday Train and all of it's goodness. I was on my way home from work when the train driver came over the intercom and announced that the CTA Holiday Train was just five minutes behind us. So you better believe I squealed with joy, jumped off the train, and eagerly awaited the arrival of the oh so magical Holiday Train. I was literally jumping up and down with excitement, totally in disbelief of my holiday luck. I'm so excited to show yall the pictures!
The face of pure excitement! And look, here comes the CTA Holiday Train, eeek!
I was literally squealing like a third grader as the train approached! Aren't those lights incredible?
And in true CTA Holiday Train fate, Santa's sleigh stopped right in front of me. I literally reached out my arm and screamed, "Santa!" It was a totally Will Ferrell "Elf" moment. (For full effect, watch around the 30 second mark in this video. Literally. I was out of control.)
The inside is totally decked out with holiday lights, tinsel, red bows, and candy cane ribbon. Even the seats are Santa themed!
See that little lady in the left of that picture? She was an elf; the train had a crew of elves...passing out candy canes! I mean, does it get any better?
To create space for Santa, they removed several cars, replacing them with flatbeds. A perfect space for Santa and his crew :)
The CTA Holiday Train was every bit as magical as I'd hoped. I literally ran to meet Matt, shrieking when I saw him, "I saw Santa, I rode the Holiday Train!" I was a total Christmas crazy, with no shame at all :)
To view the CTA Holiday Train schedule, click here. And if you're not in the Chicago area, take a few seconds to watch the video on their website. Its pretty dang awesome. So cheers to Chicago dreams coming true, Christmas fate, and the CTA Holiday Train!