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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in Hastings

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train pulled into Hastings at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Willy Porter performed in a train car with Canadian rock band, The Trews. The train car opened up on both sides so that viewers on either side of the train tracks could enjoy. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

All aboard the Holiday Train!

On the night of Sunday, Dec. 9, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled through Hastings and was greeted by a large crowd of observers both big and small.

Adults, kids and furry friends gathered in a large crowd to see the bright lights of the train. As the train pulled to a stop, Christmas lights spelled out "Canadian Pacific Holiday Train," on the side of the cars and made dancing snowmen, rocking reindeer and ringing bells come alive with lights.

A concert was also part of the entertainment provided by the Holiday Train on Sunday night. Once the train pulled into town, The Trews, a Canadian rock band, accompanied Willy Porter in singing some Christmas classics.

The train started its tour over two weeks ago in Montreal, Quebec, and has been making its way across Canada and the United States.

Hastings was the train's fourth stop in Minnesota. It also stopped in Cottage Grove before moving north toward North Dakota. The tour will complete Dec. 16 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Before the train arrived, community members celebrated the fifth annual Holiday Train Jamboree, put on by Branchline Church.

The Holiday Train Jamboree was created to help draw people to the Holiday Train because Canadian Pacific donates money to local food banks based on the number of people who show up in support. This year's event drew over 1,000 people. All proceeds will got to Hastings Family Service.

The Jamboree offered family fun in the form of Santa, games and treats. Event goers could participate in cookie decorating and mini golf, as well as warm up with some hot chocolate. Live music was also provided by Nick Fox and Tom Hanson. New this year was a petting zoo provided by Skyview Ranch.

The event was free to everyone and encouraged guests to give back this holiday season. Food items were collected by local Cub Scouts to go to Hastings Family Service.