SARATOGA COUNTY — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to town tonight.
It is set to arrive at 5:45 p.m. in Mechanicville — the event will be held at the parking lot adjacent to the Canadian Pacific tracks at the corner of Park Avenue and Railroad Street — and 7:20 p.m. in Saratoga Springs at the Amtrak station.
For those not familiar, Canadian Pacific has a frequently-asked-questions section on its site.
It is described as such: "A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell song, the stage door closes, and the train heads off to the next stop."
The performers at both stops will be Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott.
Each event is free, but Canadian Pacific asks that you bring food or a monetary donation for your local food bank.
If you're not free today, the train will make stops in Fort Edward, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Plattsburgh and Rouses Point tomorrow.
The train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. Each car is decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $13 million in Canadian dollars and 4 million pounds of food for North American food banks.