Meeting up with my sister in Delanson to take my niece, Kayleigh to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has become something of a tradition for our family. However, this year we're going to have to move our tradition to the Saratoga area.

The lights, the music, the larger than life Santa- kids young and old have been enthralled with the Holiday Train and all of its Christmas cheer since it started making its rounds in 1999. The Holiday Train is a fundraiser for food banks and these brightly decorated trains have covered more than 100,000 miles and raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.

Each year, the Holiday Train make stops in communities all over the United States, offering free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar which has been turned into a traveling stage. The Holiday Train travels the country for three weeks and in that time period, the musicians on board the trains will play more than 150 free concerts from their boxcar stage.

In the past, the Holiday Train made stops along the way from Oneonta to Schenectady, but the train, which ran on the D&H South line was sold in September to Norfolk Southern Corp and because of that sale, the Holiday Train can no longer make those stops between Oneonta and Schenectady.

However, the Holiday Train will roll into Mechanicsville on Saturday, November 28th and you and your family will be able to to enjoy the festivities from 5:45pm-6:30pm, but a location for the train's stop hasn't been determined yet. From there, the train will roll into Saratoga where it'll be stopped at the Saratoga Springs Amtrak Station from 7:20pm-8pm.

The Holiday Train concerts are free, but if you plan on attending, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the food bank either through a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay right here in our local community.

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