The Christmas City Express, Wilmette
Join us for a very special journey on a very special train. New to the Fox River Trolley this year, The Christmas City Express is the story of a girl's journey to visit her grandparents for Christmas, when a snowstorm unexpectedly stops the train. Will Christmas be saved? Join the museum's professional musicians, readers, entertainers and a special guest from the north for a special train trip in the shadow of the big city, with delicious cookies, hot cocoa, good cheer, Christmas carols, and a special gift for good boys and girls (bad boys and girls may receive fossil fuel-based items).
Operating from and returning to the Chicago Transit Authority's Linden Avenue Station in Wilmette, (349 Linden Avenue) on December 21, 2019 only. Please see the reservation system via the link below (available as of June 1) for available times.
General and handicapped parking included.
Please see Google Maps for individualized directions.
Tickets available June 1, 2019
December 21: $40
Christmas City Express, Wilmette General Information, Event Terms and Conditions
Please review the event terms and conditions and general information below carefully and completely prior to ordering tickets (ordering links at bottom of page). A ticket purchase indicates acceptance of all museum terms and conditions.
ALL passengers (i.e. ALL infants, children, adults and seniors), regardless of age, size, or seating location (seat or lap) are required to purchase and display a valid ticket. If you anticipate a joyous arrival prior to your anticipated Christmas City Express trip, please be sure to plan your ticket purchase accordingly.
Groups/ Group Seating
Food and Food Allergies
The museum offers hard cover copies of The Christmas City Express book, which will be delivered to your family on the night of your ride. If you wish to purchase one or more copies, enter the quantity in the lower box of the ticket order form.
Boarding Location: Chicago Transit Authority's Linden Avenue Station, 349 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL
Inclement Weather, Refunds and Cancellations
The Fox River Trolley Museum and Christmas City Express
Ticketing System/ Reservations
Our Internet-based reservation system reflects all of the trains and seats available in real-time. If the system indicates “0” seats available for a train, no additional seats for that train are available. Other values are as indicated, (i.e. 20 seats remaining for a train reflects 20 seats available for that specific train).
We happily accept Discover, MasterCard, and Visa for ticket purchases. Please note, we do not accept American Express.
All available trains/ times for 2019 are available for sale as of 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2019 on a first come, first served basis. We have no plans to schedule additional times/ trains for the 2019 season. Additionally, because all available tickets are listed for sale June 1, 2019, we do not maintain a waiting list.
Christmas City Express Questions
Changes or Updates