Canadian holiday train set to return to US for first time since 2019

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID, the Canadian Pacific Holiday train will return to the tracks in the United States starting in November.

The train does not offer rides to members of the public, but it will bring festive cheer over thousands of miles to more than 160 communities across Canada and the United States in just over three weeks.

“The Holiday Train is first and foremost about bringing families and communities together to celebrate the season and help those in need. We are thrilled to be back on the rails and in our communities, taking these two wonderful trains on our system and sharing the joy that comes with coming together in the spirit of giving,” said Keith Creel, president and CEO of Canadian Pacific, in a press release.

Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway with direct connections to major ports on both coasts of the United States and Canada. Each train is approximately 1,000 feet long and consists of 14 cars decorated with LED lights and holiday designs.

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Where will the holiday train pass in the United States?

The US Holiday Train leaves Montreal on November 22 and will begin with shows in Maine. Starting November 23, an online holiday train tracker lets you see where both trains are during 168 shows.

In the United States, the train will cross New York, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

The train’s journey will end in Saskatchewan, Canada on December 18.

Since the program’s launch in 1999, The Holiday Train has raised over $21 million and raised 5 million pounds of food for community food banks across North America. Each location will have a local food bank representative to accept food or monetary donations.

Camille Fine is a Trending Visual Producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.

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