DeKalb transit system to operate line for families to see Santa Dec. 1 during downtown event

Members of the Stage Coach Players from DeKalb sing carols as the anticipation grows for Santa's arrival Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, during Lights on Lincoln and Santa Comes to Town.

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Transit System will run a special bus to take families to see Santa’s arrival downtown 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 beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, according to a news release. The event is hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce to welcome area families to the downtown area, see Santa Claus himself and watch as the downtown Christmas tree is lit.

Participants will be able to listen to carolers and visit Santa at his house at North Second and Locust streets. The route is being added this year to ensure that all families can participate in this annual holiday event. Two round trips are offered to take families home beginning at 7 p.m.

The bus will service about 50 bus stops throughout DeKalb, with the bus arriving at Van Buer Plaza to see Santa illuminate the downtown holiday lights. All stops along the route are marked with fliers to indicate where passengers can board the bus.

The bus will stop at the following locations:

  • 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
  • Seventh and Lewis streets

Riders can track the bus on the city’s bus tracker at

To view the full schedule, visit Lincoln.