Kick Off the Holiday Season with Reindeer on the River, The Gingerbread Express, and Rudolph's Great Escape!

October 25, 2012 at 7:44am

This November, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites Chicagoans and visitors to the city to celebrate the launch of the holiday season with an array of family-friendly activities. Including the highly anticipated, annual Reindeer on the River, a very special elevator ride, and a festive overnight package, there is no better destination to experience the spirit of the season.


Reindeer on the River

Reindeer on the River promises a cheerful afternoon of entertainment showcasing several VIP guests - two live reindeer and Santa! Scheduled to coincide with The Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank on Saturday, November 17, 2012, Reindeer on the River is complimentary to all visitors and will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk at Trump Chicago. Adjacent to the Magnificent Mile, the Riverwalk is accessible via both the Wrigley Building breezeway and Wabash Avenue and allows for pedestrian traffic directly along the Chicago River.


Throughout the afternoon, guests will enjoy magical opportunities for meet-and-greets and photos with the reindeer and Santa, holiday-themed takeaways for children, celebratory music, hot cider and cocoa, and seasonal sweet treats available for purchase created by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy. Event attendees will enjoy a live, 30-minute a capella performance by the award-winning Saint Luke's Choir, under the direction of Choirmaster Andrew Lewis, at 3:30 p.m. Comprised of both children and adults, the choir will perform traditional holiday songs in four-part harmony. Those in attendance into early evening will also enjoy prime views of the fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River, officially marking the launch of Chicago's holiday season. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Ride the Gingerbread Express

Also beginning Saturday, November 17, guests at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will be transported to a holiday wonderland in the Gingerbread Express. For the first time this year and open throughout the holiday season, the property has designated one special elevator traveling up to the award-winning restaurant, Sixteen, dressed to the nines in everyone's favorite holiday indulgences - gingerbread and candy canes. Conceptualized by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy and team, guests will enter the Express through four-foot high candy canes, to be greeted by the sweet aromas of the season, celebratory holiday music, and more than 1100 gingerbread bricks made especially by the pastry team. They can peek through a window box featuring a snow-covered Alpine Valley, and high above, witness an active train set and a candy cane and gingerbread-covered ceiling. The Gingerbread Express is sure to be the most spirited ride of the season!


Special Overnight Package: Rudolph's Great Escape

Guests looking to extend their celebration through the evening can book the Rudolph's Great Escape overnight package, designed to provide a Santa-like VIP holiday experience. Available exclusively for stays on Saturday, November 17, 2012, the offer includes a meet-and-greet with the reindeer and a personalized photo of the afternoon's festivities; a comforting in-room turndown treat of cookies and milk; a special holiday gift of a plush stuffed reindeer and a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer DVD; and Deluxe Guestroom accommodations, which afford stunning views of downtown Chicago's holiday lights display. Additionally, guests who book this special package can receive complimentary meals for children under the age of 10 from the In-Room Dining Children's Menu (when ordered with an adult entrée). Rudolph's Great Escape starts at $465, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and is based on availability. Reservations may be made by calling (312) 588-8000 or (877) 45-TRUMP or by visiting


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