The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to town. Actually, the festive train will arrive in 10 Wisconsin towns in 2014, bringing free music and entertainment to celebrate the holiday season. Since 1999, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has traveled through the United States and Canada, offering free concerts to raise funds for North American food banks. (Actually, there are now two trains: one traveling through the U.S. and the other making its way across Canada.)
At each stop, a stage door opens on the side of a boxcar on the brightly decorated train, and live performers present a short musical show, including traditional and modern holiday numbers. Each presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes. Past performers on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train include Sheryl Crow, Melanie Doane, Great Big Sea, Sarah McLachlan, and Doc Walker.
This year’s entertainment roster includes country singer Kira Isabella and the a cappella group Home Free.
Spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to support local food pantries, if possible.
Public rides are not available on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The only passengers are train operators, performers, CP employees, and special ore-invited guests.
This content is copyrighted. Please feel free to share the http/link, but no cut-and-paste copying or republishing without permission of the author.
Where will the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Wisconsin in 2014?
The CP Holiday Train 2014 itinerary includes several stops across the Badger State.
After a stop at Viking Middle School Park in Gurnee, Illinois, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, the CP Holiday Train will travel north to Wisconsin for these 10 stops (arranged chronologically).
Sunday, December 7
5:20 p.m. – Sturtevant – Amtrak Depot – 9900 East Exploration Court
6:50 p.m. – Milwaukee – Amtrak Depot – 433 West St. Paul Avenue
8:45 p.m. – Hartland – Cottonwood Avenue and Pawling Avenue
10:30 p.m. – Columbus – Amtrak Depot at 15-Minute Stop and Go
Monday, December 8
1:15 p.m. – Portage – Amtrak Station – 400 West Oneida Street
2:45 p.m. – Wisconsin Dells – Amtrak Depot – 100 La Crosse Street
4:15 p.m. – Mauston – Division Street Railway Crossing
5:30 p.m. – Tomah – Amtrak Depot – 205 North Superior Avenue
6:40 p.m. – Sparta – South Water Street and Milwaukee Street
9:00 p.m. – Lacrosse – 601 Saint Andrew Street
After these 10 Wisconsin stops, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train departs for engagements in Minnesota and other spots.