July 14, 2024
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits 13 Wisconsin stops December 3rd-5th – here are the specifics

December 3rd through 5th offers 13 chances to enjoy stops on the CP Holiday Train. Basically, following I-41/94 and then Highway 16 will bring you to almost all the stops!

The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again rumble through Wisconsin on part of its journey through the northern U.S. and Canada! Check out fun stops with beautiful lights and entertainment – the stops will take place along its CP route in Wisconsin from Sunday, December 3rd through Tuesday, December 5th!

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on December 9, 2022

Why does Canadian Pacific run the Holiday Train and why does it go through Wisconsin?

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train tours Canada and the United States during the holiday season each year – and has for 25 years now – raising money, food and awareness for the food banks that do a lot of good work in their respective communities. The trains are decked out in brilliant lights with colorful designs; musicians play free concerts at each stop. Professional musicians play free concerts from the brightly decorated train’s stage. CPKC – which stands for Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited – makes a donation to the local food shelf at each stop and encourages attendees to donate as well. Since they started running it in 1999, the CPKC Holiday Train has raised more than $22.5 million and contributed over 5 million pounds of food for community food banks across Canada and the U.S. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train follows the CP tracks through Wisconsin, which come in from Illinois in Pleasant Prairie near Kenosha and runs through Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Dodge, Portage, Juneau, Monroe, and La Crosse Counties on its way to the Twin Cities. This route follows the same as the Amtrak trains.

Here are the train’s scheduled stops and duration through Wisconsin, from Sturtevant through the Milwaukee area and on to La Crosse, with plenty of stops in between! Basically, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train follows the same route as the Amtrak train – but it will really catch your eye and fill you with holiday spirit. Performers at all Wisconsin stops include Seaforth, Kiesza, Tennille Townes, Breland, Dallas Smith, and MacKenzie Porter. Enjoy!

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Schedule:

StationAddressDateArrivalEvent TimesDeparture
Sturtevant9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot2023-12-036:45 pm7:00 – 7:30 pm7:35 pm
Caledonia11402 County G (near 5 1/2 Mile Road)2023-12-038:05 pm8:15 – 8:45 pm8:50 pm
WauwatosaHarwood Ave Crossing2023-12-044:00 pm4:15 – 4:45 pm4:50 pm
HartlandLevel crossing at Cottonwood Avenue2023-12-045:30 pm5:45 – 6:15 pm6:20 pm
OconomowocSilver Lake Street Railway Crossing, north side2023-12-046:40 pm6:45 – 7:15 pm7:20 pm
WatertownBrandt Quirt Park parking lot, adjacent to track2023-12-047:50 pm8:00 – 8:30 pm8:35 pm
ColumbusAmtrak Depot2023-12-049:05 pm9:15 – 9:45 pm9:50 pm
PortageCP Yard adjacent to Averbeck Street2023-12-051:15 pm1:15 – 1:45 pm1:50 pm
Wisconsin Dells100 West La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot2023-12-052:30 pm2:45 – 3:15 pm3:20 pm
MaustonDivision Street railway crossing2023-12-054:00 pm4:15 – 4:45 pm4:50 pm
Tomah205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot2023-12-055:25 pm5:30 – 6:00 pm6:05 pm
SpartaCorner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street2023-12-056:40 pm7:00 – 7:30 pm7:35 pm
La CrosseAmtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew Street2023-12-058:25 pm8:30 – 9:00 pm9:05 pm
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Wisconsin

Closest State Trunk Tour Highways to each stop (hint: Highway 16 hits basically all of them from Hartland on west!):

Sturtevant: Highway 20, Highway 11, Highway 31

Caledonia: I-41/94, Highway 31, Highway 32, Highway 38

Wauwatosa: Highway 181, US 18, I-41, I-94

Hartland: Highway 16, Highway 83

Oconomowoc: Highway 16, Highway 67

Watertown: Highway 16, Highway 19, Highway 26

Columbus: Highway 16, Highway 60, Highway 73, Highway 89, US 151

Portage: Highway 16, Highway 33, I-39, US 51

Wisconsin Dells: Highway 13, Highway 16, Highway 23, US 12

Mauston: US 12, Highway 16, Highway 58, Highway 82, I-90/94

Tomah: US 12, Highway 16, Highway 21, Highway 131, I-90/94

Sparta: Highway 16, Highway 21, Highway 27, Highway 71, I-90

La Crosse: I-90, Highway 16, Highway 33, Highway 35, US 14, US 53, US 61, I-90

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