It was a frigid early December night last year as hundreds of people gathered close together to stay warm. Local restaurants were abuzz and holiday lights sparkled as families sipped hot cocoa and waited anxiously for the main event.
And in just a few days, they’ll be doing it all over again. Why?
Because for many Tosans, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s stop in Wauwatosa is just as much a part of holiday tradition as anything else.
The 19th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, also known as “North America’s longest rolling food bank,” will be visiting 13 Wisconsin communities in December 2018.
The train is slated to swing through Wauwatosa at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, stopping in Tosa Village for a dazzling light show and live music.
Last year, the train raised more than $1.5 million and 300,000 pounds of food for local food banks and food shelves. That means the Holiday Train has now raised more than $14.5 million and 4.3 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey in 1999.
“The momentum we see in the Holiday Train from year-to-year reinforces the good that we, and our partners at the food banks, are doing across North America,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO, in a press release. “Connecting with communities has been a theme for the CP family…with more than 425,000 people across our network enjoying the magic of the CP Holiday Train."
Here’s a look at the full schedule of Wisconsin stops in 2018:
Thursday, Dec. 6
Sturtevant at 7:20 p.m.
Milwaukee at 8:35 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7
Wauwatosa at 4:15 p.m.
Hartland at 5:45 p.m.
Oconomowoc at 6:55 p.m.
Watertown at 7:55 p.m.
Columbus at 9:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Portage at 1:15 p.m.
Wisconsin Dells at 2:45 p.m.
Mauston at 4:15 p.m.
Tomah at 5:30 p.m.
Sparta at 6:40 p.m.
Lacrosse at 8:45 p.m.
Make a day of all things festive and local by visiting one of several local businesses who are celebrating the train’s visit to the village.
The Landing at Hoyt Park is hosting a viewing party, giving guests an opportunity to head outside and watch the display from the parking lot.
While the event is free, donations will be collected for Tosa Cares, which is the local food bank that will benefit from donations from the train’s visit to Wauwatosa.
Representatives from the Holiday Train work in conjunction with local food banks, and they organize the collection and distribution of all donations for their region.
Anything that is raised in the community stays in the community for local distribution.
Finding ways to give back is at the core of our community. It’s important to Wauwatosa and it’s important to us at The Reserve at Wauwatosa Village, so we seek to serve.
For more information, or to schedule a showing, call (414) 475-7700 or visit us online.