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Holiday Train stops in DL at Holmes crossing on Dec. 16

Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Holiday Train will be pulling into Detroit Lakes on Monday, Dec. 16, bringing with it live music and Santa Claus to those waiting for the longest-running rolling fundraiser in North America.

This is the 15th year the Holiday Train has toured cities across the United State and Canada, raising funds for area food shelves. In the first 14 years, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $7.4 million and 3 million pounds of food for North American food banks.

Items like infant formula, canned meats and spaghetti sauce are in particular demand for the millions of North American’s who turn to food banks each month.

The stop in Detroit Lakes will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry. The event is free to attend, but people are encouraged to bring food or cash donations for the food pantry.

The train will stop at the Holmes Street railroad crossing near Holmes Community Center at about 3:30 p.m.

Live music will be provided by The Claytones and Milwaukee’s Willy Porter. Each Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated railcars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. For the 15th year, CP’s elves have updated the thousands of LED lights that adorn the sides of both trains with new holiday designs.

For more scheduled appearances, check the CP’s website at and on Facebook.