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Free DeKalb bus schedule to downtown in time for Santa’s arrival

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Transit System will run a special bus to take families to see Santa’s arrival downtown Dec. 2 to kick off the holiday season.

The fare-free bus is being put into service especially for the Lights on Lincoln: Santa Comes to Town event on Dec. 2, according to a news release. The bus will service approximately 50 bus stops throughout DeKalb with the bus arriving at Van Buer Plaza to see Santa illuminate the downtown holiday lights at 6 p.m. All stops along the route will be marked with fliers to indicate where passengers can board the bus.

The route is being added this year to ensure that all families can participate in this annual holiday event.

“DeKalb Public Transit is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Lights on Lincoln: Santa Comes to Town event,” DeKalb Public Transit Manager Marcus Cox said in the news release. “To join in on the festivities, the inside of the bus will be decorated so that passengers can enjoy the holiday spirit throughout the night.”

Beginning at 5 p.m., the bus will stop at various locations including: Seventh and Grove streets, Annie Glidden Road and Crane Drive, Varsity Boulevard and Regent Drive, Suburban Apartments on Twombly Road, Normal Road and Hillcrest Drive, Pleasant and 10th streets, 14th Street and East Dresser Road, and Seventh and Lewis streets. There will then be two round trips to take families home beginning at 7 p.m.

The full schedule is posted below. It is also available on the homepage of the city’s website, cityofdekalb.com. On the night of the event, riders can track the special bus on the city’s bus tracker: dekalbpublic.etaspot.net.

Those who come out to the event, hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants and City of DeKalb, will hear carolers and children will be able to visit with Santa at his house at North Second and Locust streets. The downtown holiday lights are being supported by a grant from ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Bus schedule for Lights on Lincoln, Dec. 4, in downtown DeKalb: