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.

Christmas Train Schedule for Louisiana

Nov 29th at 4:00 pm – Laplace, LA
529 Hemlock Street

Nov 30th at 4:00 pm — Gonzales, LA
Felix Avenue

Dec 1st at 4:00 pm – Baton Rouge, LA
KCS Yard, 1401 Foss Street

Dec 2nd at 4:00 pm – Pineville, LA
901 Melrose Street

Dec 3rd at 4:00 pm – Coushatta, LA
Front Street

Dec 4th at 4:00 pm – Zwolle, LA
1400 North Main Street

Dec 5th at 4:00 pm – Westlake, LA
3995 Old Spanish Trail

Dec 6th at 4:00 pm – DeQuincy, LA
Railroad Museum, 400 Lake Charles Avenue

Dec 7th at 4:00 pm – Leesville, LA
KCS Yard, 901 South Third Street

Dec 8th at 4:00 pm – Mansfield, LA
1004 Polk Street

Dec 9th at 4:00 pm – Shreveport, LA
KCS Yard, 4500 North Lake Shore Drive, Gate 5

Dec 10th at 4:00 pm — De Queen, AR
300 Block of East Stilwell Avenue

You can click here to visit their website for more information.

For something else original to do this Christmas season, why not enjoy a live performance of a Christmas classic:

Treat your family to A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage