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what you get
- Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
- Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millenium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
- Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
- Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
- Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
- BYOB for 21+ on Trolley
Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.
Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.
As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millenium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.
While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey while enjoying whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys will even throw in some party tunes - you may catch some 80's dance music or some top 40 songs as the night goes on.
After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
3:00-7:30pm Event Schedule
- 3:00-3:15pm - Check-in at Matilda
- 4:00pm - Trolley boards and departs Matilda
- 4:00-7:30pm - Trolley Tour with stops at Christkindlemarket and Zoo Lights
- 7:30pm - Trolley arrives back to Matilda
4:00-8:30pm Event Schedule
- 4:00-4:15pm - Check-in at Matilda
- 5:00pm - Trolley boards and departs Matilda
- 5:00-8:30pm - Trolley Tour with stops at Christkindlemarket and Zoo Lights
- 8:30pm - Trolley arrives back to Matilda
5:00-9:30pm Event Schedule
- 5:00-5:15pm - Check-in at Matilda
- 6:00pm - Trolley boards and departs Matilda
- 6:00-9:30pm - Trolley Tour with stops at Christkindlemarket and Zoo Lights
- 9:30pm - Trolley arrives back to Matilda
*Fine Print: All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are only valid for scheduled event date and event time. No refunds or reschedules will be provided to anyone who misses scheduled event. Event is rain or shine. No refunds will be given to customers who do not attend the scheduled event due to weather. If roads are closed on the trolley route due to extreme weather and event must be cancelled customers will be contacted via e-mail. Space is limited and trolleys will not be oversold or overbooked. Two trolleys will run each event. For groups larger than 6, to guarantee your group is on the same trolley tickets must be purchased together. Each trolley has a max of 34 customers. BYOB; must be 21+ to consume alcohol. BYOB is for trolley ride ONLY. You may bring beverages/cooler with you to the event, but will be asked to keep all beverages stored away until we board the trolley. Duration of event is 4.5 hours*
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
How many people fit on a trolley? Can you rent the entire trolley or do a private event?
Yes! Each trolley can fit 34 customers. We can do private events that would start at a different bar (very close to Matilda). If you are interested in learning more about a private event please e-mail email@example.com with approximate number of people and the date you would like to do the tour. You will hear back within 48 hours with availability and pricing.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is geared towards adults and you must be 21+ to BYOB and consume alcohol. Any tickets purchased for a minor must be purchased by an adult, who takes responsibility for their child. Anyone under 21 will be marked as minors when they arrive for the event. Please note anyone under the age of 21 is not permitted into Matilda after 9pm.
I am a vegetarian, is there a food option for vegetarians?
Yes, there will be both meat and vegetarian chili.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring your ticket (either printed or electronic) and your ID with you to check-in.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the attendee has a ticket (either printed or electronic) it does not matter if the ticket name matches teh name of the attendee.
Something has come up and I can’t make the event for the date I scheduled. Can I reschedule my ticket for a different date?
You cannot transfer your ticket to a different date. Once tickets are purchased all sales are final. You may give your tickets away (again the ticket name does not need to match the attendee name).
I would like to add on one more ticket for a friend, but it says the event is sold out. Can I add on just one more ticket?
Unfortunately, no. Once an event says sold out there are no more tickets available for that date. We are limited due to seating constraints on the trolley and cannot oversell the event.
Are we allowed to drink on the trolley?
Yes! The event is BYOB and you are allowed to drink on the trolley. We will have cups provided as you are not to drink out of glass on the trolley.
What time should I arrive for the event?
If you bought a 4-8:30pm event please arrive for check-in between 4-4:15pm. If you purchased a 5-9:30pm event please arrive for check-in between 5-5:15pm. If you arrive early that's okay, but we will check-in during those scheduled times.
Where do I park for this event?
Parking for this event is not included and customers should check street signs before parking (many neighborhood streets have permit requirements). You can park at a meter and download the app to refresh the meter while you are gone on the tour or the nearest parking lots would be The Vic theater lot (3130 N Sheffield Ave) or Illinois Masonic parking lot (836 W Wellington Ave).