If the hustle of modern-day Christmas is bringing out your inner Grinch, why not slow down with an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley trip? Many festivals in the area are offering rides around town. There are also special ones where you can view decorated homes in your area! Grab your cocoa and bundle up with your loved ones to soak in this holiday season.
2018 Old Fashioned Carriage Rides and Holiday Trolley Rides in the Western and Southwest Suburbs
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides in the Western Suburbs
Holiday Carriage Rides and Visits with Santa (Wheaton)
December 8, 15, and 22 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Explore downtown Wheaton by horse drawn carriage and stop by for a visit with Santa!
Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm (Aurora)
December 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and December 7 and 14, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holiday lights, music, crafts, and games are all waiting for you while you welcome Santa to Aurora! A holiday hay ride or a festive train are both available to explore the grounds at Blackberry Farm. $7 per person, tickets on sale now.
Holly Jolly Trolley (Hinsdale)
December 7, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trolley tours of the best decorated houses in Hinsdale. $25 per person includes the tour, a beverage, and treats. Purchase tickets online.
Christmas Walk (Clarendon Hills)
December 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
After the lighting of the Christmas tree, take a stroll around the grounds to enjoy free food and drink from local businesses, then grab some free warm chestnuts and relax on a horse drawn carriage ride around town. Strolling Victorian carolers, ice sculpture artists, and Santa will make the evening bright!
Snow Much Fun (Westmont)
December 15, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Take a break from this festival to ride around the neighborhood in a mule-drawn carriage while you sip some cocoa! Free.
December Holiday Lights Tours (Naperville)
Private and public tours are available to book ranging from $18-$20 for public tours and $330-$350 for full trolley rentals/private tours. Travel around Naperville to see beautiful homes decked out in Christmas lights. Many dates are booked, see dates still available.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides in the Southwest Suburbs
Holiday Hayride (Palos Heights)
December 14, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ride around Palos Heights on a festive hay wagon while singing Christmas carols! Warm up with some food and holiday fun back at the nature center afterwards. $10 per person, registration is required.
Miracle on Martin (Homewood)
December 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come and listen to costumed carolers, sip some festive drinks, and roast marshmallows around the fire before boarding an old fashioned horse drawn carriage around Downtown Homewood.
Check out our huge Holiday Fun Guide for everything you need to know to plan a memorable December for your family!