The holiday-themed Kansas City Southern Express is scheduled to stop in 11 Louisiana locations in late November and early December.
The Holiday Express will first stop in Shreveport for a private event for KCS employees.
Then, there will be stops open to the public in LaPlace, Gonzales, Baton Rouge, Pineville, Coushatta, Zwolle, Westlake, DeQuincy, Leesville, Mansfield and Shreveport. Click here for the specific dates, times and addresses of the stops.
The KCS Holiday Express is a festive six-car train that brings Santa and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network. Guests can visit Santa and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays.
Each event is free, and no tickets are required.
A charitable contribution is made at each scheduled stop to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.
In 2000, KCS employees noticed that the KCS Santa Train event appeared to be the only holiday celebration for some children. Some were without coats, hats and gloves, and KCS employees committed to improving the experience to what it currently is.
The Holiday Express was created in 2001, and volunteers transformed retired rail cars.
These cars now feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose, where visitors can sit with Santa.