Courtesy of Canadian Pacific
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train wil make a full stop in New Albin, Iowa, complete with a concert. The train will arrive at about 7:20 p.m. and stay until about 7:55 p.m., in the center of town, between Oak Street and Ross Avenue. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or donate money to the local food shelf.
Courtesy of Canadian Pacific The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train wil make a full stop in New Albin, Iowa, complete with a concert. The train will arrive at about 7:20 p.m. and stay until about 7:55 p.m., in the center of town, between Oak Street and Ross Avenue. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or donate money to the local food shelf.


It’s a colorful train that only rolls around once a year, and this year it’s making a full stop in New Albin, Iowa.

The two Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains have already started their trek across the U.S. and Canada, starting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Last year, the train stopped in New Albin and performed one holiday song and then moved on.

This year, the train will be on display for the full 25-minute performance between Oak Street and Ross Avenue, from the train’s estimated arrival at 7:20 p.m. and to its departure at about 7:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Jill Luttchens, New Account Representative for New Albin Savings Bank said the train is a great event for kids and families.

“It gets people in the spirit. It’s really fun just to see the train,” she said.”

This year’s performers on the train include three musical guests, who are Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott.

The train also collects donations of food in each town and donates them to the local food shelf.

Non-perishable food items can be brought to The Way Station in New Albin. Cash donations are also accepted.

The bank will also have a tent set up with goodie bags and hot cider.

The New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) will also have special activities and promotions. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies available.

At 7 p.m., the city will host a tree lighting ceremony in the center of town.

People are encouraged to dress for the weather, especially since the train will be stopping in the evening.

“It’s a really good cause for community members who need the donations,” Luttchens said. “It’s neat. People come and sing.”

If you can’t catch the train in New Albin, the train will also be stopping in La Crosse, Wis. at the Amtrak Station (601 Saint Andrew St.), on Dec. 4, from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m.; La Crescent, at The Commodore (215 South Chestnut Street), on Dec. 7, from 9:05 to 10 p.m.; or Winona at the Amtrak Station (65 E. Mark St.), on Dec. 8, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

To see a full list of the trains’ schedules, visit http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states.

Canadian Pacific launched the holiday train in 1999 and since then, has raised more than $13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along their route in Canada and the U.S.