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Each November and December, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train heads out on a journey through Canada and the United States with the goal of spreading holiday joy, raising funds, collecting food, and promoting awareness for local food banks in the communities it visits. The brightly decorated train will visit 25 Minnesota cities this holiday season. See the full schedule below.

During each stop, Canadian Pacific makes a donation to the local food bank and encourages guests to do the same while musicians entertain crowds by performing free concerts from the brightly decorated train's stage.

Since its inception in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $22.4 million and 5.15 million pounds of food for community food banks.

CP Holiday Train 2017 NZ-2919
CP Holiday Train 2017 NZ-2919

I'm excited to take my 9 and 7-year-old kids this year. You see, last year they started hearing about Santa on the school bus, and I have a feeling they'll hear even more of it this year. Unfortunately, this might be their last year of pure Christmas innocence, so I want to make it special. We're going to enjoy all the festive attractions

This holiday season, the Holiday Train is set to make appearances in 25 cities throughout Minnesota including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. See the complete schedule below.

Festive Holiday Train is Set to Visit 25 Minnesota Cities This Season

Neil Zeller
Neil Zeller

December 6th

  • 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Rochester, Minn. 1605 Civic Center Drive NW (Barlow Plaza)
  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Owatonna, Minn. 1145 Park Drive at the railway crossing (near Owatonna Bus Company)
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Waseca, Minn. 308 South State Street and HWY 13
  • 7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Janesville, Minn. 235 Front Street at Veteran's Memorial Park

December 7th

  • 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Austin, Minn. 550 11th Street NE

December 8th

  • 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. La Crescent, Minn. The Commadore Food and Spirit parking lot (215 South Chestnut Street)

December 9th

  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Winona, Minn. Amtrak Station, 65 East Mark Street
  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Wabasha, Minn. Gambie Avenue railway crossing by Bruegger Park
  • 8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Hastings, Minn. CPKC Depot, 500 East Second Street

December 10th

  • 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Cottage Grove, Minn. South Seiben Bridge, 7064 W Point Douglas Road
  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. St. Paul, Minn. St. Paul Union Depot, 214 E 4th Street

December 11th

  • 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Golden Valley, Minn. Railway Crossing at Golden Hills Drive
  • 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. St. Louis Park, Minn. Railway crossing at the intersection of
    W. Lake Street and Library Lane
  • 8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Minneapolis, Minn. Lions Park on 37th Avenue between
    37th Avenue and Stinson Blvd

Tenille Townes and Breland will be the featured musicians on all of the dates listed above.

Townes is a decorated country music artist from Canada. She has been honored with the Female Artist of the Year award by the Canadian Country Music Association for the past five consecutive years.  Breland rose to fame with his debut track, "My Truck," which soared to the top 30 on the Hot Country charts.

Festive Holiday Train is Set to Visit 25 Minnesota Cities This Season

The train stops listed below will feature two more Canadian singers, Dallas Smith and MacKenzie Porter.  These two just won the Canadian Country Music Association's award for Music Collaboration of the Year for the song "One Too."

Kristopher Grunert
Kristopher Grunert

December 13th

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Loretto, Minn. Hennepin County Road 19 railway crossing
  • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Buffalo, Minn. 5th Street NE railway crossing
  • 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Annandale, Minn. West side of Downtown Park over
    the Harris Street West railway crossing
  • 9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Eden Valley, Minn. State Street railway crossing (State HWY 22)

December 14th

  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Glenwood, Minn. CPKC station, 20-15th Street NE
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Alexandria, Minn. 8th Avenue E railway crossing adjacent to Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th and Nokomis
  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Detroit Lakes, Minn. Holmes Street railway crossing near
    Holmes Community Center (826 Summit)
  • 4:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Mahnomen, Minn. West of U.S. 59 and South of E Washington
  • 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Plummer, Minn. Main railway crossing on Central
  • 7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Thief River Falls, Minn. North of City Hall, 405 3rd Street East

December 15th

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Elbow Lake, Minn. U.S. State Hwy 59 railway crossing

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