The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is BACK this year, rumbling across the North American continent with a beautifully decked out train covered in lights and holiday decorations. The train will stop in 13 locations in Wisconsin, letting people get a closer look, donate to local community food banks, and enjoy live musical entertainment. Here’s where and when you can find the CP Holiday Train from Thursday, December 8th through Saturday, December 10th.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns after a pandemic-related absence, and it hits Wisconsin Thursday, December 8th through Saturday, December 10th! It will not only light up the landscape as it traverses the state on the CP Rail tracks, it will make stops in 13 locations. At each, they will raise money and donate to local community food banks and you can enjoy live entertainment from Canadian musicians Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott. Each stop will last approximately 30 minutes, and all are welcome to check it out!
Here’s the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Schedule for Wisconsin:
THURSDAY, December 8th
Sturtevant: Amtrak Depot, 9900 E. Exploration Ct. Arrival: 6:45pm Entertainment: 7:00-7:30pm
Caledonia: Railway crossing at 11402 County Road G. Arrival: 8:00pm Entertainment: 8:15-8:45pm
FRIDAY, December 9th
Wauwatosa: Harwood Ave railway crossing (Highway 181) Arrival: 4:00pm Entertainment: 4:15-4:45pm
Hartland: Railway crossing at Cottonwood Avenue Arrival: 5:30pm Entertainment: 5:45-6:15pm
Oconomowoc: Silver Lake Street railway crossing. Arrival: 6:40pm Entertainment: 6:45-7:15pm
Watertown: Brandt Quirk Park lot (ball diamond.) Arrival: 7:50pm Entertainment: 8:00-8:30pm
Columbus: Amtrak Depot, 395 N Ludington Street (Highway 73/Bus US 151) Arrival: 9:05pm Entertainment: 9:15-9:45pm
SATURDAY, December 10th
Portage: CP yard adjacent to Averbeck Street. Arrival: 1:15pm Entertainment: 1:15-1:45pm
Wisconsin Dells: 100 La Crosse St, Amtrak Depot (Highways 13, 16, 23) Arrival: 2:30pm Entertainment: 2:45-3:15pm
Mauston: Division Street railway crossing (Highways 12, 16, 58) Arrival: 4:00pm Entertainment: 4:15-4:40pm
Tomah: Amtrak Depot, 205 North Superior Ave (Highways 12, 16, 21, 131) Arrival: 5:25pm Entertainment: 5:30-6:00pm
Sparta: Corner of S. Water Street & Milwaukee (Highways 16, 21, 27, 71) Arrival: 6:45pm Entertainment: 7:00-7:30pm
La Crosse: Amtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew Street (near U.S. 53, Highway 16) Arrival: 8:25pm Entertainment: 8:30-9:00pm
Check out our State Trunk Tour Podcast, describing these stops, too!
Want to road trip along the train route?
From the Illinois state line to the Milwaukee area, I-41/94 and Highways 31 and 38 generally parallel the rail line a few miles away. In Wauwatosa, follow Highway 181 off I-94, State Street west from Highway 175 in Milwaukee, or Watertown Plank Road east from I-41/U.S. 45 in Wauwatosa. From Hartland all the way to La Crosse, Highway 16 follows the route closely!