Dash away, dash away, dash away all! It’s time to dash away on a one-horse open sleigh. Or on a old-fashioned locomotive. Or even on a CTA train. Whether you’re gliding across snow-capped fields or gliding down the rails of downtown Chicago, there are holiday train and sleigh rides you shouldn’t miss. Flip through our photo album to see which are worth jumping aboard now.

CTA Holiday Train

Santa and his merry band of elves will make an appearance on every El line this holiday season. In fact, the big guy in red comes jingling his way through in grand style, pulled in a sled by faux reindeer. A gift from the Chicago Transit Authority, the festive El -- decked out in colored lights, garland, bows and tinsel -- arrives with pomp and glee, leaving you and your little ones smiling ear to ear long after your stop. You might even get a candy cane handout if you're onboard.

The CTA Holiday Train runs on select days on select lines through December 23. Usual El fares apply. The 2016 schedule has not been released. Be sure to check for updates online at transitchicago.com.

  • CTA Holiday Train
  • Highland Park Jingle Railway
  • Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
  • The Reindeer Express Train and Winter WonderTown
  • Apple Holler
  • Forest View Farms Sleigh Rides
  • Go Sleigh

Have you tried any of these train and sleigh rides? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Maria Chambers & Kelly Aiglon

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Cover photo: Courtesy of CTA