Get ready for Holiday Train!
Again, this Christmas season, North Dakota communities will welcome a visit by the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train. The glimmering Holiday Train, illuminated entirely by Christmas lights, is a transcontinental, charitable and Christmastime community service of CP. The train travels along routes in Canada and the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In each community where the Holiday Train stops, CP employees greet welcoming crowds and local charity representatives. Donations of food and money are collected from local people by CP employees, and these donations are turned over to local charitable outlets. CP also makes a valuable donation to local charities.
About 15 minutes after the Holiday Train arrives in a community, a train car is opened, and entertainment from the train’s traveling band begins. North Dakota communities will be entertained by Canadian music stars The Trews, and Willy Porter. After about 45 minutes in a community, the Holiday Train moves on.
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP routes in Canada and the U.S.
Here are the scheduled arrival times for the Holiday Train’s upcoming North Dakota stops:
FRIDAY, DEC. 14
• Hankinson, 6:30 p.m., American Legion parking lot
• Enderlin, 9:05 p.m., depot, 101 Harvest Lane
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
• Carrington, 1:30 p.m., 601 Sixth Ave. N.E.
• Harvey, 3:45 p.m., 600 Lincoln Ave.
• Minot, 6:30 p.m., Main Street crossing
• Kenmare, 8:30 p.m., First Ave. S.W., Central Ave.
CP advises that scheduled stop times are approximate and subject to change.