The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to Cottage Grove on Dec. 14 with Sheryl Crow and Take 6 performing at special anniversary concert.
Grammy award-winning singer Sheryl Crow will be joined by award winning a capella group, Take 6, for a free concert when the Canadian pacific (CP) Holiday Train makes it annual stop at Cottage Grove on Dec. 14.
As in past years, the train’s arrival includes an evening of family fun and musical entertainment while raising money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. Visit Santa Claus, sip hot cocoa, enjoy the spectacular lights all while supporting a good cause.
•This Holiday Train signature event will take place in a new location—the Canadian Pacific Rail Yard, near 95th Street and Ideal Ave.
•The North Pole Station opens at 4 p.m.
•Outdoor concert begins at 5 p.m.
Please dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event!
While the event is free, those attending are asked to make a cash donation or bring toiletry item (preferred) or non-perishable food items. Cash donations will be collected on site, look for the volunteers with the big red buckets. A large truck will be parked at each of the four parking lots to accept the donated toiletry and non-perishable food items. Everything collected at each show stays in the community for local distribution through the Friends in Need Food Shelf.
This is Cottage Grove's 11th year hosting the Holiday Train.
Canadian Pacific is celebrating its 15th anniversary of the Holiday Train and has chosen Cottage Grove to be the only city in the United States to host its expanded celebration, which will include a major recording artist.
This extra-special holiday train event is one of only three stops across North American where Canadian Pacific has added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food shelves.
The North Pole Station, a magical village, will feature family-oriented interactive activities, including ice carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage. Some activities will take place in heated tents.
Please dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event!
Items for sale in the General Store include: toques (hats): $7, hand warmers: $2, snowman kits: $5, texting gloves: $5, glow bracelets that keep beat to the music: $2. Cash only. There will be an ATM on site.
View an artist rendering of the magical village here .
To get to the site for this year's special concert, people will need to take a shuttle service from several locations in Cottage Grove.
Cottage Grove is conveniently located just 6 miles south of the I-494 and Highway 61 exit.
Electronic Reader signs will be on Highway 61 directing people to the parking lot exits. IF a lot is full the sign will be changed directing attendees to open lots. Signs will be placed along the routes directing people to each lot.
People are encouraged to use Lot 4 at located off of Highway 61 and Innovation Road/County Road 19 as it can accommodate the most vehicles.
To add to the fun, at Lot 4 (the Green Lot) people can ride a wagon from their vehicle to the bus!
The parking and shuttle service will be free.
Carpooling is encouraged.
No animals are allowed on the shuttle buses or at the event site, with the exception of service dogs.
Download a map of the three parking lots here or by clicking on the map image.
Trucks accepting toiletry items and non-perishable food items will be parked at each parking lot for you to drop off your donation. You can also bring a cash donation for the food shelf which will be collected at the site. This year’s goal is to raise $80,000.
Werner Electric is donating the trucks that will be parked at each parking lot for the food shelf donations.
Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park have historically raised the most money and gathered the largest crowd out of the 140 communities the train visits each year which is why this community was chosen for the expanded celebration.
This exciting event is expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people from Cottage Grove and the surrounding Twin Cities metro area helping to make this the biggest fundraiser for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which serves residents in Cottage Grove, Newport, Saint Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island.
The Holiday Train heads out on Nov. 25 for its three-week journey through Canada and the United States, including 26 cities in Minnesota. Since 1999, the program has raised nearly $7.4 million and donated about 3 million pounds of food to food banks in the United States and Canada.
News Release PDF
Thousands of Cottage Grove area residents came out on December 11th to celebrate the arrival of the Holiday Train in a great show of support for the Friends in Need Food Shelf.
This was the 10th year the Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train has stopped in Cottage Grove to money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which serves residents in Cottage Grove, Newport, Saint Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island.
Cottage Grove has historically raised the most money and gathered the largest crowd out of the 150 communities the train visits each year! This year the Cottage Grove area Holiday Train broke their fundraising goal of $70,000, raising over $100,000!
Santa Claus rolled into town on the train just after 6 pm, and the Claytones entertained the crowd with a fantastic concert from the train's boxcar stage. The first 1,200 children received a jumbo Glo-Stick, so the crowd was aglow with children waving their new Glo-Sticks in excitement.
Werner Electric generously donated use of their trucks for the event, turning one of their trucks into a stage for a musical performance by Elvis (Art Kistler) before and after the train.
"Holiday Train Lights Up Cottage Grove for a 10th Time" Bulletin Article (12/11/12)
"Holiday Train benefits area food banks" Star Tribune Article (11/23/2012)
10-year Anniversary Holiday Train Calendars featuring local photos and business coupons are available while supplies last at the following locations:
Borgstrom’s Hallmark, Cub Foods, Bulletin License Center, Caribou Coffee, Curves for Women, Merchants Bank, Yo-Joe’s Frozen Yogurt and Coffee Shoppe, Central Bank, Anchor Bank, Park Café, the Chamber of Commerce office and at Chamber Events.