In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

The Christmas train spreading holiday cheer

It's traveling the country to get you in the holiday spirit.

The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will be making scheduled stops along the company’s rail network. It will be bringing Santa Claus and his elves to visit each community, spread holiday cheer and awe spectators with a fully lit and decorated Christmas train. Each event is free and open to the public. Guests will be able to visit with Santa in the caboose and tour three of the cars filled with Christmas displays and electric model trains. After touring the cars, children will receive a free gift bag.

In addition, at each Christmas train stop, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.

The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.

You can click here for more information and here for a complete list of scheduled stops.


Ark-La-Tex Christmas Train Schedule

Nov 28th at 4:00 pm — Monroe, LA
Third & Desiard Street

Nov 29th at 4:00 pm — Jefferson, TX
Downtown between E Austin Street & Lafayette (Near 239 E Austin Street)

Dec 1st at 4:00 pm — Sulphur Springs, TX
Between Lamar and Carter Streets at Pacific Park

Dec 2nd at 4:00 pm — Pittsburg, TX
Texas Street Crossing (Near 105 South Texas Street)

Dec 3rd at 4:00 pm — Shreveport, LA
KCS Yard, 4500 North Lake Shore Drive, Gate 5

Dec 4th at 4:00 pm — Ashdown, AR
Main & U.S. Highway 71

Dec 5th at 4:00 pm — De Queen, AR
300 Block of East Stilwell Avenue

Dec 6th at 4:00 pm — Sallisaw, OK
West Port Arthur Place