Decked with thousands of lights bright enough to make any Scrooge grin like a little kid, Canadian Pacific Railway's annual Holiday Train, which entertains and collects food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, rolls in to Gurnee today.
The train is expected to come chugging down the tracks—a sight you won't want to miss, at approximately 4:20 p.m. near Gurnee's Viking Park at 4374 Old Grand Ave. Parking will be available at Viking Park, Viking Park Middle School and on the street on Old Grand.
The Holiday Train program began in 1999 with a handful of communities and a few lights on a freight train, according to CPR. Today the train boasts hundreds of thousands of LED lights and has raised about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
The Holiday Train will feature entertainers including The Claytones and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Tracey Brown, who perform beginning at 4:30 p.m. right from the train's boxcar, which opens up.
Residents are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Information provided by Canadian Pacific Railway, the Village of Gurnee and Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce.