Santa’s traded the sleigh for the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train! See the holiday train, along with Santa, when it stops by Union Station Dec. 15-19. Visitors can visit with Santa, board the train and tour the inside of three cars. Visiting the train is free.
Led by KCS' Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes "Rudy," the smiling tank car; a flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; an elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights.
The Holiday Express was built on the tradition of the Santa Train, which ran on a segment of the network purchased by KCS in 1997. In 2000, a group of KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some kids did not even have essential items like coats, hats and gloves. Employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project. In 2001, volunteers transformed a retired freight train to the experience that communities throughout KCS' U.S. service territory enjoy today.
The Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express raises money to purchase gift cards, which are donated to the Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase warm clothing and other necessities for children in the local community. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2017 Holiday Express fundraising campaign may do so online from the Holiday Express section of kcsouthern.com.
The holiday season will kick off at Union Station Nov. 18 with the Holidays Come Alive kickoff ceremony. Other holiday events coming to Union Station for the 2017 holiday season include the Holiday Dance Showcase Dec. 3, Merry Science Day in Science City Dec. 9, Strawberry Swing’s Holiday Swing Indie Craft Fair Dec. 10, Trombone Christmas Dec. 16 and Noon Year’s Eve in Science City Dec. 31. More details about this year's holiday events and the times for the Holiday Express will be announced on the Union Station website.