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Choo choo! The Holiday Train is coming to town.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train chugs into Columbus Friday, Dec. 7, at 9:00 p.m. The locomotive is a light show on rails and carries a surprise. One of the boxcars folds out into a stage, complete with lights, speakers and a full band.
This year’s performers are The Trews and Willy Porter who will rock the platform near the Columbus Amtrak Station, 359 North Ludington Street, Columbus, Wis. For half an hour the band will play a medley of holiday hits.
The event benefits Crossroads Food Pantry. Attendees are encouraged to make a donation of nonperishable food to the drop off behind the Amtrak station.
For those worried about the evening chill, hot food and hot cocoa will be served on both sides of the tracks. Columbus Rotarians will be selling hot dogs, cocoa, chili and other snacks on the station side of the tracks. On the other, Julies Java House will serve hot cocoa, s’mores, sloppy joes and cookies.
The Holiday Train Warm Up will keep families entertained in the lead up to the train’s arrival. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. decorate sweet cookies, create festive crafts, talk to Santa and enjoy holiday magic performed by Christmas Carol. The Holiday Train Warm-Up will be hosted at the Columbus Area Senior Center, 125 North Dickason Blvd., and a convenient two block walk from the train station.
The Holiday Train is the marquee event in Columbus, Wisconsin’s Holiday Hullabaloo, a plethora of spirited winter fun. The Hullabaloo kicks off Friday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. with the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. This year’s parade route is down South Dickason Boulevard, ending at the library lawn where the city’s tree will be lit by Santa.
Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 14 take in the sights of Columbus decked out in lights as the Home Decorating Contest takes over the town with the theme of “Peace on Earth.”
Read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, a classic tale following the adventures of a little boy on a very snowy day in the city, on this year’s Storywalk through downtown.
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce sponsors a pair of holiday events. The day after the Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 24, is Stop, Shop and Sip, a Small Business Saturday wine walk. This year’s event will also feature a selection of non-alcoholic drinks from Sprecher’s. The next is Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 to 11:00 a.m. Check out www.columbuswichamber.com for more details.
The Holiday Hullabaloo in Columbus, Wisconsin offers the best fun of the season anywhere in the state. The holiday cheer, combined with small-town charm makes it the perfect holiday getaway. Take the spouse and kids away for the day and check out the Holiday Hullabaloo in Columbus, Wisconsin. Visit www.visitcolumbuswi.com for more details.