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The KCS Christmas train won’t return in 2021

A train to get you in the holiday spirit.

The 2021 KCS Christmas train will not roll across the region due to the Coronavirus for the 21st anniversary. Instead, Kansas City Southern requests that you make a charitable contribution to The Salvation Army. Fund raised support the 20 to 25 communities along the KCS network.

In the past, The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express stopped along the company’s rail network. It brought 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 was free and open to the public. Guests visited with Santa in the caboose and tour three of the cars filled with Christmas displays and electric model trains. After touring the cars, children received a free gift bag. There is no word about 2022 yet.

In addition, at each KCS 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 to visit their website for more information.

For something else original to do this Christmas season, check out this historic festival.

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