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  • Location:Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Best Chicago Holiday Lights Trolley and Christmas Market Tour

Get into the holiday spirit with this trolley tour in Chicago! See famous landmarks such as Lincoln Park, the Magnificent Mile and Daley Plaza, all beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. Then, spend an hour at the Christkindlmarket, a German-inspired Christmas market full of vendors and family-friendly festivities.


  • Holiday lights trolley tour in Chicago
  • See famous landmarks adorned with brilliant Christmas lights and decorations
  • Pass by Lincoln Park, the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago River and Daley Plaza
  • Enjoy informative narration from your friendly guide
  • Spend an hour perusing vendors at Christkindlmarket, a lively German Christmas market

What You Can Expect

Best Chicago Holiday Lights Trolley and Christmas Market Tour

Chicago Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

Meet at the Palmer House Hotel in the evening and hop on the trolley for a 1.5-hour trip around Chicago. You’ll be amazed by the dazzling display of Christmas lights and decorations as you pass famous landmarks such as Lincoln Park and the Magnificent Mile.

Cruise down Wacker Street along the Chicago River, spot the famous Daley Plaza Christmas tree, and admire the illuminated high-rise buildings around Lake Shore Drive. Along the way, your guide will provide informative commentary about the sites you see and teach you a bit about Chicago’s culture and history.

After your trolley tour, hop off and spend an hour at Christkindlmarket, a German-inspired Christmas market located at Daley Plaza in downtown.

Here, you’ll find local and international vendors and enjoy festive music and family-friendly activities such as scavenger hunts. This is the perfect place to snag a last-minute Christmas gift! You’ll be taken back to the Palmer House Hotel after your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very nice overview of the Christmas lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo and along Michigan Avenue. The tour also stopped at the Daley Plaza Christkindl Market and allowed for some quick browsing and a cup of mulled wine. The tourguide was personable and knowledgable. Although very cold outside, the trolley was warm and comftorable. It was well worth the price and I would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was great! They should offer hot cocoa on the cold nights. It was frigid that night. And go past Navy Pier. It also had onvit's Christmas finery! I will go again next year.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Alot of fun....not meant for elderly who cant get around well, there was alot of walking at a fast pace. Very good tour guide and very informative we learned alot about chicago!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was a wonderful my family and I went to Chicago and didn't have any sightseeing plans I found this online and decided to book it I am so glad I did we really really enjoyed it our guide Matt was great And I highly recommend this tour I would give it 5 stars

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide. Friendly bus driver. Christmas lights were beautiful at the zoo, on Michigan avenue, the Gold coast. Loved the skyline view from Adler planitarium. The snow throughout the day added to the ambience. We enjoyed everything, would do it again next year

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Enjoyed the tour. Wish the guide was more knowledgeable about Chicago landmarks and history. Would have liked more time to see the light display at Lincoln Park zoo.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We had a great time. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights were not on but our guide, Maurice, was really a joy to be with. Lots of fun.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

I really enjoyed the tour. I appreciated learning and exploring the different sites of Chicago along with the beautiful Christmas lighting that was up. The only thing I would want to change about the tour is to lengthen the time we were able to spend at the sites. 20 min/site is not enough time.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Needed more signage to tell us where to board the bus. Confusing.
Tour guide was great - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Tour longer than it was sated to be. Some people upset by this.

Good route - especially Navy Pier.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Our trip was fine. The driver was knowledgeable and friendly, but there was lots of traffic. There were ambulance and fire trucks in the area trying to get through with the traffic too. The zoo lights were not on and when were got to the Kris Kindle Market, the shops closed 10 minutes later.

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