Holiday Train to visit Dells Dec. 8
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its yearly stop in Wisconsin Dells on Dec. 8.
The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Dells Amtrak depot, 100 Lacrosse St., Wisconsin Dells, and will last until about 4:30 p.m. The train arrives at 2:45 p.m. and will depart at about 3:30 p.m.
The train is about 14 cars long and decorated with 100’s of thousand of LED lights, and visits 140 communities in seven states and six provinces. The lights are lit even during daytime stops like the Wisconsin Dells visit.
Activities include a live emcee and music, including a performance by the Wisconsin Dells Middle School Band. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hand out candy bags for children, and sleigh rides will be provided by Sandy Acres. There will also be paddle ticket raffles, and drawings. Hot chocolate, coffee, holiday treats, brats, and hot dogs will be served.
The grand prize for the raffle drawing is two tickets to the Green Bay Packers versus Detroit Lions game Dec. 30, located in the “Lambeau Leap” zone. The drawing will be held Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at WCCU Credit Union and the Lake Delton and Central Wisconsin Community Action Council.
Holiday train entertainers include singer-songwriter Kelly Prescott, who performed during the 2017 train visit, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Colin James, and also includes performances by The Trews and Willy Porter.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train’s mission is to raise awareness of food insecurity in North America, and the visit serves as a fundraiser to support that mission. There is no fee to see the train, however, donations are welcome and go towards the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton Community Food Pantry.
Attendees can donate either merchandise or cash, with all donations tax deductible. Merchandise donations will go towards the raffles held at the Amtrak depot. Food donations of non-perishable foods are also welcome. Canadian Pacific Rail officials will present a check to the community with funds raised at 2:45 p.m, with the two food pantries splitting the funds raised during the visit.
The Holiday Train will visit other locations in the area, including Portage at 1:15 p.m. and Mauston at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 8. For more information, visit dellsholidaytrain.com.