What has turned into an annual tradition for train lovers—and those who enjoy holiday lights—is returning to the Twin Cities in December. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is scheduled to pull into Union Station in St. Paul around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.
Shortly after the train arrives, the stage door will lower and live music will be performed by solo artist Willy Porter backed up by music performed by The Trews rock band, which is on its debut train tour. After the first song ends, there will be a brief presentation with local food bank officials and other dignitaries, then the band will resume performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs for about a half hour.
The next day, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the train will proceed down the tracks and make stops in New Hope, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and Loretto. The same show will be performed at each stop. (See the schedule below for exact times and locations).
The concerts are free, but attendees are asked to bring healthy food donations for their local food shelves. This year marks the 20th tour of the CP Holiday Train, which to date has raised $14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
In addition to its stops in Minnesota, the CP Holiday Train will also be traveling through Canada, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
La Crescent-215 South Chestnut Street, The Commodore Food and Spirit parking lot12/5/188:15 PM8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Winona-65 East Mark Street, Amtrak Station12/9/184:00 PM4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Wabasha-Gambie Avenue railroad crossing, by Bruegger Park12/9/186:00 PM6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Hastings-500 East Second Street, CP Depot12/9/188:30 PM8:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Cottage Grove-W. Point Douglas Rd., S. of Seiben Bridge, in front of Youth Service Bureau12/10/185:15 PM5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Paul (Union Depot)-St. Paul Union Station, 214 E 4th Street12/10/186:45 PM7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Golden Valley-Level Railway Crossing at Golden Hills Drive12/11/184:50 PM5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
St. Louis Park-Railway Crossing at the intersection of W. Lake Street and Library Lane12/11/186:00 PM6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Minneapolis-Lions Park on 37th Ave, between 37th Ave & Stinson Blvd12/11/187:55 PM8:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Loretto-Hennepin County Road 19 crossing12/12/184:15 PM4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Buffalo-5th Street Northeast crossing, west side of tracks12/12/185:45 PM6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Annandale-West side of Downtown Park, over the Oak Avenue crossing12/12/187:15 PM7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Eden Valley-State Street Railroad Crossing also known as State HWY 2212/12/188:55 PM9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Glenwood-CP Station, 20 - 15th Street NE12/13/1810:00 AM10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Alexandria-8th Avenue East railroad crossing by Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th and Nokomis12/13/1811:30 AM11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Detroit Lakes-Holmes Street Railroad Crossing, 826 Summit12/13/182:30 PM2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Mahnomen-Event - W of US 59 & S of E Washington Ave - *20 minute Stop and Go12/13/184:20 PM4:20 PM - 4:50 PM
Plummer-Main railway crossing on Central Avenue12/13/186:00 PM6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Thief River Falls-v City Hall, 405 3rd Street East12/13/187:30 PM7:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Elbow Lake-Main Street crossing12/14/184:15 PM4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
*The Trews and Willy Porter