ssian will be one of the stops for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train next month.
The brightly-lit set of train cars will stop in Ossian Saturday, Dec. 7. It will be arriving on West Mechanic Street between Becker Avenue and North West Street at 10:30 a. m. and leaving at 11 a. m.
Canadian Pacific recently announced the Iowa locations that will receive stops as the Christmas holiday approaches.
The holiday train has seven other stops in Iowa. The railway has used the festive train for more than 20 years to raise awareness and donations of money and food at each stop for local food banks along its route.
The event features train cars decorated with holiday imagery and lights and features a guest musical performance from Canadian artists. This year’s stops in Iowa feature a performance by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the train will stop in Mason City. Saturday, Dec. 7, features stops in Charles City, Ossian, Clinton and Davenport. The last stops in Iowa are in Lansing and New Albin on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The holiday train made eight stops in Iowa during December 2018.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train engine will be facing east (toward Castalia) and stopping near the Boody Street Crossing. (Ossian Housing intersection)
The train is about 17 cars long and the performance is planned for the 11th train car. The whole side of the train car folds out into a stage for the Christmas concert that will likely take place in front of and facing the City Park near the Water Tower. The park will be decorated with Christmas decor and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies in the City Park shelter house/gingerbread house.
The public is advised to be on the north side of the tracks before the train’s arrival to avoid having to walk or drive all the way to the town dump crossing.
Donations of canned goods or a monetary donation will be collected, with all proceeds going to the Greater Area Food Pantry in Calmar.
The Canadian Pacific Railroad has been operating for 21 years and has raised millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food for the many food banks on the train’s journey.
The Holiday Train leaves Canada the last week of November and is on the rails three weeks.
Other activities in Ossian Saturday, Dec. 7, include local business Christmas open houses, the craft and vendor fair at Wildwoods, a cookie walk, Santa Claus visit, Holiday Home Tours, the Magic of Christmas at Silver Springs Country Club and a Winter Breakfast at St. Teresa of Calcutta School by the South Winneshiek Dollars for Scholars.