Every November and December, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train embarks on a journey across Canada and the United States with a mission to spread holiday joy, raise funds, collect food, and raise awareness for local food banks in the communities it visits.

Since starting in 1999, this festive fundraising event has collected over $22.4 million and 5.15 million pounds of food for community food banks. Starting this week, the festive train will make stops in 25 cities across Minnesota.

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This Week: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Rolls into 25 Minnesota Cities

During each stop, Canadian Pacific not only makes a donation to the local food bank but also encourages attendees to contribute while enjoying free concerts performed by musicians on the train's elaborately decorated stage.

This year, the Holiday Train is gearing up to visit 25 cities in Minnesota, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. For a complete schedule of the train's stops, check out the details below.

 Canadian Pacific Holiday Schedule

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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)

 Canadian Pacific Holiday- See More Dates Below

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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 Coming To Minnesota - See More Dates Below

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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."

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

Sam's Christmas Village Now Features 12-Million Lights!

For a safe and joyous family outing that's full of festive fun, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Sam's Christmas Village! You can enjoy this wonderful attraction from November 24th to December 31st, 2023.

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