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Holiday train to return

November 28, 2018 GMT

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is one sign the holidays are right around the tracks, and this year it’s again bringing the Christmas spirit to Watertown. Organizers said the train will make a grand entrance at each station by transforming an ordinary cargo car into a stage overflowing with “holiday spirit.”

Like last year, guests will be treated to a holiday light show and free live music by Wisconsin favorite Willy Porter, a contemporary American rock musician, and The Trews, a Canadian hard rock band.

Decorated with thousands of colorful, glittering lights, the train is scheduled to make its stop at Brandt/Quirk Park at 7:55 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.


The musical groups will perform for about 30 minutes before the train pulls away from Watertown on its way to the Amtrak Depot in Columbus where it is scheduled to arrive at 9:05 p.m. The concert should begin at 9:15 p.m. and end about a half hour later.

Before the train rolls into Watertown it will make a stop in Oconomowoc at 6:55 p.m. on the north side of the tracks on Silver Lake Street where there will also be live music until 7:25 p.m.

There is no admission to see the train, but guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations to the park site. The food items and cash are donated to the Watertown Food Pantry and Canadian Pacific Rail generally makes a donation.