COLUMBUS, Wis. (WMTV) - The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train roared into Columbus, Wisconsin Friday night.
Columbus, a town of 5,000, welcomed the thousands of visitors - and the business they brought.
At Cercis Brewery Co., it wasn’t your typical dinner rush.
"This is a great opportunity for us to snag 10-20 percent more customers because people have never been here,” said Tyler Walker of Circus Brewery.
Towns this size have struggled to get people to visit in recent years.
"I love Christmas's lights so it'll be cool to see them slowly come in."
The train will stop in other parts of Wisconsin on Saturday December 8th.
Times from the train's website are listed below:
Portage - 1:15 PM
Wisconsin Dells - 2:45 PM
Mauston - 4:15 PM
The U.S. train departed from Montreal on November 25. Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 decorated rail cars. The cars are decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs.
The event is free and helps fight hunger in local communities. The company hopes people will open up their cupboards and wallets to give donations to their local food banks.In addition, CP makes a donations at each stop.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised 4.3 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
The Trews and Willy Porter will be performing at all Wisconsin stops.
Keep up with the train's progress on their Facebook page.