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Holiday Train to stop Wednesday in La Crosse

Holiday Train to stop Wednesday in La Crosse

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While La Crosse should not expect the Polar Express to pull up to the Amtrak station Wednesday, residents should keep an eye open for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

An annual mainstay in the La Crosse holiday season, the 1,000-foot train, which features 14 brightly-decorated rail cars adorned with holiday designs, travels to more than 170 stops throughout the United States and Canada in an effort to raise money and make donations to various food banks.

Donations will be taken in by the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse.

Lucky for those who may see 8:45 p.m. as too late when the train is set to arrive in town, it can be seen earlier in the day in Sparta at 6:40 p.m., Tomah at 5:25 p.m., Mauston at 4 p.m., the Wisconsin Dells at 2:30 p.m. and Portage at 1 p.m.

Accepted donations are grain products, vegetables and fruit, meat and alternatives and reduced sodium canned or jarred goods, with non-perishables being preferred.

“We know that hunger is an issue that can, and does, impact our neighbors,” CP state on their website. “Over the years the program has gained a tremendous following, and we are proud to continue this tradition for our family and yours.”

According to the site, since the train’s maiden voyage in 1999, the company has raised more than $15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food.

The Holiday Train will host a myriad of artists performing out of one of its rail cars, with soul artist Tanika Charles and country artists Meghan Patrick and Kelly Prescott expected to appear.

“The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support,” CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel said.

The train will stop at 601 St. Andrew St. in La Crosse at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and will be up the river in Winona at 65 E. Mark St. at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9, with Charles, Patrick and Prescott set to perform for about 15 minutes.

“The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.” Keith Creel, CP CEO

“The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.”

Keith Creel, CP CEO

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