Kansas City Southern's Christmas train to visit area
Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2009 at 6:02 a.m.
Event is free
Saturday, 4 p.m., Edna, Wells Street
Sunday, 4 p.m., El Campo, Evans Park. The El Campo Chamber of Commerce will provide snow for those who venture out.
Monday, 4 p.m. Wharton, Depot, 100 N. Sunset St.
Edna Shop at Home event on Saturday
4 - 8 p.m.
The city will hold the event to promote residents to buy locally for the holidays.
4 - 5:45 p.m. Edna Elementary Choir will perform.
5:50 - 6:30 p.m. Edna High School Choir will perform.
Hot chocolate will be provided by the Edna Cub Scouts.
The Edna Head Start will have a bake sale. Businesses to remain open: K & M Burger Treats, All About Flowers & Gifts, David's Jewery & Gifts, Fireflies, Le Paux Apparel and Gifts for Pets, Head to Toe Salon and Gift Boutique, Robert's Emporium, Keepsakes, Linda's Candles & More and Uptown Girlz.
Santa will arrive in Victoria aboard the Kansas City Southern train for the first time on Friday.
The train will carry Santa's sleigh on a flat bed. It will contain five additional cars with reindeer and a miniature village, a ginger bread box car, an elves' workshop, the reindeers stable, a smiling tank car "Rudy," and a little red caboose, according to KC Southern's news release.
"Each year, the train stops in some of the major hubs of operation, as well as in some communities that have never seen the train before," said Doniele Kane, of Kansas City Southern train for Corporate Communications & Community Affairs.
"If they have young children, they might be graduating before it comes through again," said Clinton Wooldridge, Edna police chief.
The train is scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. at Business U.S. Highway 59 and Burroughsville Road.
"At each stop, the Holiday Express train opens at 4 p.m. and remains open as long as there are visitors in line to see the train," Kane said.
The KC Southern charitable fund will also donate $112,825 in Walmart gift cards to the local Salvation Army.
The gift cards will enable the Salvation Army to buy coats for children in need, according to the news release.