After the virtual exhibits of the past two years, the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train is back on track this holiday season.
The train company offers not one, but two holiday trains – one that travels only within Canada and another that covers part of that country, but also parts of the United States, particularly the Midwest and Northeast.
The US tour began Nov. 23 with a stopover in Maine and includes dozens more before wrapping up weeks later. While a popular and brilliant sight to see, the train also raises funds and awareness for food banks along the CP network, according to a press release.
Whether you or your family are particularly interested in trains or just love the Christmas lights, you’ll want to keep a few dates in mind. The train will make its first local stop in Bensenville shortly before 7 p.m. Friday evening. There will even be a live performance, with artists Lindsay Ell & JoJo Mason on stage. Anyone interested should park next to the intersection of Railroad Avenue and South York Street, according to the CP Railway website.
Then, the next morning, the train will head to Pingree Grove where Ell and Mason will perform another show from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Visitor parking will be available at the nearby Town Hall.
If you are unable to make either of these times for any reason, you will also have another chance.
The following week, the holiday train will stop at Viking Middle School in Gurnee. Anyone interested is encouraged to come out on Thursday, December 8 at around 5:10 p.m. to see the stunning lights, as well as performance by artists Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott.