LORETTO, MN – The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again stop in Loretto, as part of its 19th year.
The train will arrive at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, with the show beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The public is invited to a number of activities – kiddie train rides, hot chocolate, cookies, the RE/Max hot air parade blower, bonfires, and interesting characters roaming the crowd – beginning at 3 p.m.
Cash and food donations will be accepted for area food shelves in Hanover, Rockford, Delano, and Maple Plain. In 2016, the event raised more than $22,500 and 1,500 pounds of food.
Canadian country music stars Terri Clark and Dallas Smith will join fellow country singer-songwriter Kelly Prescott, who also performed from the Holiday Train in Loretto in 2016.
Clark has won the Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award eight times and the Female Vocalist of the Year award five times.
Smith won the CCMA’s 2017 Album of the Year for “Side Effects” and Single of the Year for “Autograph.”
The free event is a fundraiser for local food banks.
“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel. “People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”
CP is also encouraging fans of the train to donate heart-healthy food, as everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food, regardless of circumstances. This supports the mission of CP Has Heart, a program dedicated to improving the heart health of men, women and children in North America.
People visiting the Holiday Train are encouraged to take photos and enter CP’s Capture the Spirit photo contest. Participants could win a trip aboard the 2018 CP Holiday Train as well as a $1,000 donation to their local food bank. Further details about the contest will be available closer to the start of the program on the Holiday Train Facebook page at facebook.com/HolidayTrain.
Supporters can follow the Holiday Train on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CPHolidayTrain.