The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to Minnesota this weekend after two years of virtual stops during the pandemic.  C-P spokesman Andy Cummings says the 14-car freight train is raising money for local food banks with holiday music concerts at each stop:

“One of the fun parts of going town to town with the holiday train is seeing how each one is set up. Sometimes, it’s the main street in town. We’ll drop the stage right on Main Street and sometimes it’s few hundred people. Every community brings its own flavor. Sometimes they have fires going that people can gather around to stay warm. Sometimes they bring food trucks or hot chocolate.”

Canadian musicians Alan Doyle & Kelly Prescott are scheduled to perform at all 19 stops in Minnesota next week (12/11-16).  The holiday train arrives on Sunday in Winona, Wabasha and Hastings.