The Holiday Train Rolls Through Town


Jerry Huddleston

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train crossing a bridge.

The Canadian Pacific Railway keeps the train tracks of the upper Midwest and Canada fun during the holiday season! The CP Holiday Train is a fun and festive family activity.

The Holiday Train is now in its 24th year. The train is connected with donation opportunities like Toys for Tots, and local food shelves.

“The CP Holiday Train celebrates family, community and service to one another. We hope the train’s bright lights and music foster celebrations across Canada and the U.S., bringing with those celebrations a reminder of our duty to help those less fortunate this holiday season,” CP president and CEO Keith Creel said.
This will be the first holiday train that will be back in full swing since 2019. Due to Covid, the in-person concerts were not possible.

“My family would find a parking spot relatively close to the tracks and then we would sit in the car and wait for the train to come by all lit up and everything. We listen to Christmas music. It’s just a fun holiday family activity,” OHS Senior Brooklyn Elsenpeter said.

The Holiday Train will come through Loretto on Wed., December 14th at 4:15pm. They will have live music and a great light show. Consider donating while you enjoy the lights and music! The train will also make stops in Buffalo, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley and Minneapolis.

“It’s normally pretty cold so dress warm. Overall, it’s fun, sometimes they give you hot chocolate and cookies while you wait for the train. They also have music so that always adds to it. It’s fun when the train comes by because it’s full of lights and they always look pretty,” OHS Junior and regular Holiday Train viewer Haley Holzschuh said.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday train is a perfect winter activity for people of all ages. It also provides opportunities to give back and make someone’s day this holiday season.