FARGO — Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is off and running, entertaining crowds and raising money, food and awareness for the hungry, and its 20th year of operation will bring it back to North Dakota and Minnesota next month.

The U.S.-bound train left Montreal on Sunday, Nov. 25, and will run through Quebec, New York, Ontario, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and North Dakota before arriving at its final destination in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, on Dec. 16.

At each stop, the train pauses its trip and entertainers on board put on a short show for the gathering crowd. This year’s entertainers include Sam Roberts Band, JoJo Mason, The Trews and Willy Porter.

The event is free, but Canadian Pacific encourages attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to address hunger needs in their communities. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop.

"It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network, says Keith Creel, CP's President and CEO, in a written statement. "I want to personally thank each individual who has made a donation over the past 20 years. Your collective efforts have made the Holiday Train a huge success for two decades.”

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The train is scheduled to make 20 stops in Minnesota, including several in the Twin Cities area, and six in North Dakota this year. Here's the schedule for stops within a few hours of Fargo-Moorhead:

  • Dec. 13: Alexandria, Minn. (11:30 a.m.); Detroit Lakes, Minn. (2:30 p.m.); Mahnomen, Minn. (4:20 p.m.); Plummer, Minn. (6 p.m.); and Thief River Falls, Minn. (7:30 p.m.)
  • Dec. 14: Elbow Lake, Minn. (4:15 p.m.); Hankinson, N.D. (6:30 p.m.); and Enderlin, N.D. (9:05 p.m.)
  • Dec. 15: Carrington, N.D. (1:30 p.m.)