Holiday Train chugs into St. Louis Park

Hopes to collect donations

Esther Gendler

Sophomore Grace Adams-Maass said she plans to attend the Holiday Train event to help her community.

“I am planning on going because I think it’s a really cool experience and it’s something new in our city and I love supporting (the) St. Louis Park community,” Adams-Maass said.

According to the City of St. Louis Park website, the Holiday Train, which will take place Dec. 10 starting at 3:30 p.m., is an event hosted by STEP that aims to raise awareness of food insecurity and collect food donations. There will be musical performances from Kelly Prescott and Colin James as well as activities and food vendors.

According the Canadian Pacific Railway, since 1999 the Holiday Train has helped collect more than 3.9 million pounds of food for local food banks, and more than 12 million dollars in donations.

Senior Mia Spano said she will be riding the train from Minneapolis to St. Louis Park.

“My dad (Mayor Jake Spano) was invited to ride the train and speak at the stop in St. Louis Park, over by STEP,  and asked me to come along,” Spano said.

Spano said she is excited to ride the train because it will benefit others.

“I’m really excited because it’s a really good cause and I hope a lot of money is raised to help those in need. I’m also excited because the train sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to get into the holiday season,” Spano said.

According to the City of St. Louis Park, there will be pre-train activities from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m. The train is scheduled to arrive at 4:35 p.m. Parking will be available at Louisiana Oaks Park and the high school.

Echo photographers will be at the event — check for coverage.