North America’s longest rolling food bank will make stops in 10 Wisconsin communities and feature holiday light shows with live music by Kira Isabella and Home Free.
Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way.
The concerts are free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.
The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.
The U.S. Holiday Train makes stops in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota before its final show on December 17. The Canadian Holiday Train is also on the move and will wrap up its cross-country journey December 18 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The aim is to generate healthy donations as it makes stops in 150 communities.
For 16 years, from Thanksgiving through the Christmas holiday period, the Holiday Train has been a bright light on the importance of supporting food banks and how local residents can join the Holiday Train’s spirit in feeding communities across the country.
The program is an important community initiative for CP employees (more than 15,000 live and work in more than 1,100 North American communities).
Hunger is an issue that can, and does, impact all of our neighbors. The Holiday Train is all about raising money, food and awareness for local food banks to help those less fortunate.
Decorate and donate activity pages
Print off eight pages of CP Holiday Train themed coloring and activity pages. Once the sheets have been colored, have kids use them to decorate boxes to be filled with donations to your food bank. It’s a great activity to teach kids about the importance of giving before they attend our event.
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THE CP HOLIDAY TRAIN
CP Holiday Train Schedule:
Stops in Wisconsin
Sunday, December 7th
Sturtevant – 5:20 PM : 9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot
Milwaukee – 6:50 PM (Show at 7:15) : 433 West St. Paul Avenue, Amtrak Depot
Hartland – 8:45 PM : Parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Ave. & Pawling Ave.
Columbus – 10:30 PM (15 min Stop N’ Go) : 359 N. Ludington St., Amtrack Depot
Monday, December 8th
Portage – 1:15 PM : 400 West Oneida Street, Amtrak Station
Wisconsin Dells – 2:45 PM : 100 La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot
Mauston – 4:15 PM : Division Street railway crossing
Tomah – 5:30 PM : 205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot
Sparta – 6:40 PM : Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street
LaCrosse – 9:00 PM : 601 Saint Andrew Street
When it gets to one of the scheduled stops, the Holiday Train will pull in, the stage door will lower and the band will open with its first song. Local Food Bank officials and others from the community will say a few words and present and the donation of food and non-perishables. Then, the band resumes its show.
After about a half hour that usually includes a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs, the band plays its farewell number, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop. Please make sure that you keep a safe distance away from the train so it can safely continue our journey.
Attending the event is free! They only ask that you bring a food or monetary donation to your local food bank/pantry, which will be on site taking collections.
Before you ask… Sorry! Rides are not open to the public. Some employees, their families and some charitable activities officers are provided seats on the Holiday Train as a thank you for the tireless work they do each year moving goods across North America. They do not sell tickets for rides on the Holiday Train.
Since 1999, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has raised nearly $9.5 million and over 3.3 million pounds of nonperishable food donations for North American food banks. Everything raised in each community stays in that community. Canadian Pacific makes additional donations at each stop.
This holiday tradition is a great way to bring the community together to help a neighbor in need.
The online #HealthyDonations Challenge encourages patrons attending Holiday Train events to take a second glance when pulling food out of their cupboards to ensure their non-perishable donations are nutritious and heart-healthy. CP’s goal is to have 20,000 people take an online pledge to underscore how important it is that everyone has access to nutritious food.
You can show your commitment at http://bit.ly/1x6u4r8.
The full CP Holiday Train schedule is available on cpr.ca.