S everal days after Thanksgiving, the Canadian Pacific railroad will ring in the holiday season as the company’s Holiday Train makes its annual visit to Whitehall.
This year’s train is expected to arrive at the Amtrak station on Main Street at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train program is considered the longest fundraising program in North America. Each year, the train travels approximately 6,000 miles through Canada and the United States, visiting more than 150 communities and raising money and awareness for local food banks.
Since 1999 the train has collected 2.6 million pounds of food for local food banks. Everything that is collected in each community the train visits remains in that community. Canadian Pacific also makes monetary donations in the communities it visits.
Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet long and features a box car that has been converted into a traveling stage for performances by well-known musical acts.
This year’s performers are the Claytones, a “Canadian brand of country soaked roots music” and Tracey Brown, a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Admission to the Holiday Train is free, although everyone who attends is strongly encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Whitehall Food Pantry.