Your Holiday Train Station
Choo choo! The Holiday Train is coming to town.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will visit Columbus, WI on Friday, Dec. 9, at 9:00 p.m. It is a light show on rails and carries a surprise. One of the boxcars folds out into a stage, complete with lights, speakers and great music!
This year’s concert is by Tenille Townes and Alan Doyle as they rock the platform near the Columbus Amtrak Station. Lindsay Ell, Mackenzie Porter and other performers will all play your favorite holiday hits.
While waiting for the concert, the Holiday Train Warm Up will keep families entertained! From 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. kids can meet Santa and enjoy holiday fun and games. The Warm Up event will be hosted at the Columbus Area Senior Center, 125 North Dickason Blvd.
In addition, you can Visit Julie’s Java House for Salvation Army’s free hot cocoa outside! Julie’s will be selling hot dogs, sloppy joes, hot cider, sweet treats and more inside.
While out and about, stay warm at one of the many warming barrels. You can also purchase hot chocolate and cookies from the Rotary Club.
Holiday Train Donates to Local Pantry
The Holiday Train will arrive in Columbus on Friday, December 9th about 9 P.M. The train brings joy to those on the route while raising money and awareness for local food banks. The Columbus/Fall River Food Pantry will be receiving donations this year.
Attendees will be encouraged to donate non-perishable food to the drop off behind the Amtrak station starting at 7 P.M. The pantry is currently in need of toilet paper and the following canned goods: soup, fruit, meat, vegetables.
If you can’t attend on December 9th, monetary donations can be dropped off at Farmers & Merchants Union Bank. Non-perishable, non-expired food donations can be dropped off in the bin at Columbus Pick n Save.
The support goes directly to The Columbus/Fall River Food Pantry. This results in the pantry helping 196 families in the Columbus and Fall River School Districts. Their mission is providing emergency food and essential non-food items on a temporary basis to those in need.
Parking for the Holiday Train
In order to keep the Holiday Train area as safe as possible and with set policies, the City of Columbus and event organizers are closing parts of Highway 73 (Ludington St.) and limit parking on side streets in the area.
There will be “No Parking” signs on both sides of Church St. from Dickason Blvd. to Water St. In addition, signs will be posted on both sides of Ludington St. from Church St. to Middleton St. If you need handicap parking, you will meet with a safety officer posted at either side of the street closings to get access.
In addition to limited parking in the area, Highway 73 from Church St. to Middleton St. will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Due to the restrictions and the amount of people in the area, drivers are advised to pay close attention.
Arriving in Columbus? In order to have room for everybody, attendees can park in any of the public lots in downtown Columbus. Other lots include Meister Park, Mullin’s Short Stop and Rotary Park. Or you can park behind City Hall. There is parking on Dickason Blvd. and the lot just east of Tea Time Wine Bar & Bakery.
Once you have arrived, the CP Holiday Train in Columbus, WI offers the best fun of the season anywhere in the state! Our holiday cheer and small-town charm make it the perfect holiday getaway.