The Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains depart on November 25th, kicking off the 18th year of inspiring communities and bringing in the festive season.
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.
A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off to the next stop.
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 LED lights and holiday designs on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.
Before you ask…
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.
CP Holiday Train Schedule: Stops in and around SouthWest Wisconsin
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Dubuque IA – 8:30 PM Hawthorne St. Railway Xing corner of Hawthorne St. and Rohmberg Ave
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Lansing IA – 4:50 PM Ball Park Field on South Front Street between North 2nd and Dodge Street
La Crescent MN – 7:30 PM 215 South Chestnut Street, The Commadore Food and Spirit parking lot
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 SW Wisconsin Stops
- 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 and Milwaukee Streets
- LaCrosse – 8:45 PM 601 Saint Andrew Street
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
- Winona – 4:00 PM 65 East Mark Street, Amtrak Station
The CP Holiday Train runs a tight schedule. You’ll want to arrive early to beat the crowd. You can follow the train’s journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be aware of any updates or changes to the schedule.
For more information and updates on the CP Holiday Train, head to their official website.
Will you be visiting one of this year’s stops?