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Holiday Train Visits Mauston

2020 CP Holiday Train is cancelled for this year, but please join us again in 2021!

Holiday Train in Mauston credit Diane Dahl

The Holiday Train chugs it’s way into Mauston on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 and will come to a safe stop where the track intersects Division Street near Tremont Street. The train will arrive promptly at 4:00pm.

New for 2019! Immediately following the CP Holiday Train event, visitors are asked to sign up on the EventBrite app, then plan to stay and participate in the first effort to break a Guinness World Record for the “Most People Caroling”. See our “GWR Most People Caroling attempt” article with full information, printable song book and instructions and follow the event on the Greater Mauston Tourism Association’s Facebook page. Be sure to ‘Like’ our Facebook page while you’re there! We’ll keep you posted on changes and details as they develop. Wanna help? We also need Stewards to lead the carolers!

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. Each car is decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs. The CP Holiday Train will be rolling through Wisconsin with 13 stops throughout the state from Sturtevant to LaCrosse.

Once the train stops the stage door will lower and the concert will begin with Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott starting at 4:15pm. As all proceeds go to the local Food Pantry, there will be a brief presentation with local officials and food pantry staff. The band will perform a mix of country and holiday-themed songs. The Holiday Train stays for about a half hour when it moves on to its next stop. Once the band plays its last song, the stage door closes and the Holiday Train leaves until next year. 

Safety first! Please keep a safe distance away from the train and watch that small children are clear of it as it moves out of town. 

The event is free with only a food or a monetary donation for the local food pantry. Check out the CP Holiday’s suggestions of Healthy Donations campaign to learn more about donating nutritious food items.

More About The Holiday Train Visits

Built originally in 1957, two GP20C 2200 series were rebuilt in 2013 to pull CP’s two Holiday Trains. Each locomotive has 2000hp, is 56.02 feet in length and weighs 275,000 pounds. As a Canadian company that operates in Canada and the U.S., CP is proud to display the flags of both countries on the Holiday Trains as they travel across the CP network raising food and funds for local food banks and food shelves.  

Food Bank Impact

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised more than CAD $13 million and 4 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Anything raised in a community stays in that community. In addition, CP makes donations at each stop. 

CP Holiday Train Schedule 2019

Thinking of staying over? A special All The Bells And Whistles Holiday Package is available for stays from Dec 4th through December 30th at participating Greater Mauston area hotels when booked from Nov 1st through Nov 30th. Packages start at $135 per room per night.

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Your Friends from Mauston


  1. Jessica on December 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    How do we get to ride the train

    • Your Friends from Mauston on December 6, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Jessica, the CP Holiday Train isn’t really available to the public for rides, thought I believe they do have some kind of contest for a few VIP seats along the way. If I find more info on it, I’ll publish it here.

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