Holiday train Hastings visit set for Dec. 9


Canadian Pacific Kansas City Railway is pleased to announce the schedule and artist lineup for its 25th annual Holiday Train program, which will begin rolling across Canada and the U.S. on Nov. 20. Each year, this beautifully illuminated train travels across CPKC’s network spreading holiday cheer and raising donations to help people struggling with food insecurity. 

Its Hastings stop benefits Hastings Family Service, with public encouraged to bring food donations. The train is scheduled to stop at the depot in downtown Hastings at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, with entertainment scheduled from 8:15-8:45 p.m.

“We are proud to support local food banks as we fight food insecurity by collecting food and raising money and awareness. I am grateful to all the railroaders and community members who have supported the Holiday Train over the past quarter century and made it such a success,” said Canadian Pacific CEO Keith Kreel.

Since the Holiday Train program began in 1999, it has visited hundreds of communities and raised over five million pounds of food and more than $22.5 million for community food banks.

Each event is free, with CPKC encouraging every attendee to make a monetary or heart-healthy food donation to ease hunger needs in their community. Donations will be accepted at each stop to help ensure those in need can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.

If you can’t make the Hastings train stop, it will stop in Cottage Grove at Hamlet Park at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The Hastings City Council approved a special event permit submitted by Hastings Family Service for the event at its meeting Monday night.