Once again, the Candian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train will be making a stop in Gurnee! This brightly decorated train raises awareness of local hunger issues by encouraging attendees to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. The train is scheduled to arrive near Viking Park (4374 Old Grand Avenue) at 4:20 pm on December 8, 2012. The musical entertainment will begin at 4:30. Parking will be available at Viking Park and Viking Park Middle School as well as on the street around Old Grand Avenue.
The Holiday Train program has raised more than $6.4 million and 2.6 million pounds of food since the first Holiday Train ran in 1999. Thousands of people gather trackside at depots, railroad crossings and other unusual venues along CPR’s route to enjoy the arrival of the brightly decorated trains lighting up the winter night. The musicians, who ride in vintage private cars at the end of the 12-car train, hop out and climb aboard a boxcar in the middle of the train that opens to reveal a stage where they perform live holiday concerts and invite crowds to sing along.
The 2012 entertainers on the U.S. train include The Claytones and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Tracey Brown.
For more information, visit the Canadian Pacific Railway's website at http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/default.aspx.