Holiday Express to stop in LaPlace on Nov. 29

Published 4:51 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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The CPKC Holiday Train program is back for its 25th year of spreading holiday cheer and raising donations to help people struggling with food insecurity. The six-car train kicks off its program on Nov. 20 and includes stops in 10 Louisiana communities, including LaPlace on Nov. 29.

“It’s very exciting that we were selected as a stop. It’s always a good event. They’ve been here before,” said St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard.

The Holiday Express, which last stopped in LaPlace in 2019, allows visitors to meet Santa and explore its festively adorned train cars. Professional musicians play free concerts from the brightly decorated train’s stage.

“I think we’re due for some additional holiday cheer,” Hotard said.

The train is operated by CPKC railways as part of a celebration of the holiday season and as a way to raise funds supporting charitable causes. CPKC donates to the local food shelf at each stop and encourages attendees to donate.

Since its inception in 1999, the CPKC Holiday Train has raised more than $22.5 million and more than 5 million pounds of food for community food banks across North America.

The public is invited to each stop, with no admission fee charged (donations to charity are accepted).

“It’s a very good community event that brings our entire community together. It’s one that’s really enjoyed by the kids,” said Hotard. “I was really excited to see that they were coming back because I remember just what a big event it was last time with hot chocolate and Santa and elves and the train and it just is a really special moment for the kids.”

The Holiday Express will stop in LaPlace on Nov. 29 at Hemlock Rd. & Percy Hebert Rd. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.