The holiday train from Canadian Pacific Railway will be back on the tracks this season after two years of virtual displays.
The railroad firm operates not one, but two Christmas trains: one that goes only in Canada and another that includes some of both that nation and the United States, more specifically the Midwest and Northeast.
The U.S. tour started on November 23 with a visit in Maine and continues for several weeks. According to a news release, the train not only attracts attention and is a cheerful sight to behold, but it also raises funds and awareness for food banks around the CP Holiday Train network.
You’ll want to keep a few dates in mind whether you or your family have a specific interest in railways or simply like the holiday lights. Just before 7 o’clock on Friday, the train will arrive at Bensenville for its first local stop. Even better, musicians Lindsay Ell & JoJo Mason will give a live concert. According to Canadian Pacific Railway’s website, interested parties should park close to the intersection of Railroad Avenue and South York Street.
The train will then proceed to Pingree Grove the following morning, where Ell and Mason will present another performance from 9 to 9:30 am. The adjoining village hall will offer visitor parking.
There will be another opportunity if for any reason you are unable to make either of those times.
The holiday train will make a stop at Viking Middle School in Gurnee the following week. A performance by artists Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott will take place at around 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 for anyone interested in attending.