Travel Wisconsin: Winter Trains

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The 18th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, also known as “North America’s longest rolling food bank”, will be visiting 12 Wisconsin communities this December. 
- The first stop is in Sturtevant on Dec 5. Then it heads north, then west, ending in La Crosse on Dec. 7. 
  - has a complete list of stops and times for this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train tour in Wisconsin. 
  - Stops include Sturevant, Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Hartland, Watertown, Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells, Mauston, Tomah, Sparta and La Crosse.
- The train makes a grand entrance at each station by transforming from an ordinary cargo car into a boxcar stage full of Christmas lights and live music.
All of the events are free, but guests are encouraged to bring a donation food items that will benefit the local food pantries within each community.
Kick off the holiday season by taking a special ride on the Spooner Santa Express. The Santa Spooner Express runs Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. 
- Guest will travel through the Wisconsin countryside on a track that was laid more than 100 years ago.
Families will enjoy pizza, holiday cookies and hot cocoa. Each child will also receive a gift and holiday color pages for the 2-hour trip. 
- Kids can visit with Santa in his special car to share their holiday wishes. 
Every weekend in December the East Troy Electric Railroad hosts a Christmas Train that travels from the depot in East Troy to Santa’s workshop at the Elegant Farmer market in Mukwonago. 
- Kids can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while working on a craft at the workshop.
- Santa’s workshop isn’t complete without Santa – he’ll be there to take photos with families.
- It’s a very popular event, so reservations are highly encouraged
- Guests who donate a non-perishable food item will receive a 25% discount on their tickets.
The whole state is coming together again to bundle up Wisconsin.
- The Big Bundle Up initiative invites Wisconsin residents and travelers to participate by donating new or gently used mittens, hats, scarves, coats, sweaters, and other warm clothing items.
- This will be the sixth year the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has coordinated The Big Bundle Up  campaign – the first five years were a great success, collecting more than 71,800 warm winter items for those in need across Wisconsin.
- The campaign runs statewide from Nov. 17, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017.
Residents and travelers can donate items to their local collection site or one of our Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers.
- A full list of participating drop-off sites can be found on
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