The Holiday Express Christmas train is coming back to Coushatta. The train stopped here and over 2,000 area folks flocked to take a tour in December 2017. We were not on the schedule last year, however Coushatta is not getting left out this holiday season.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday December 3rd. The Holiday Express will be here, and tours will begin at 4:00 pm.
The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network. There are twelve Louisiana stops this year, and Coushatta will be the sixth. Other stops are three in the Baton Rouge-New Orleans area, Shreveport, and four stops along Louisiana’s western border towns.
Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. In addition, at each scheduled stop, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.
The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars 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.
The photos accompanying this article are from the Holiday Express stop on Front Street in 2017. Over 2,000 people visited the train that day.
The train will be in Coushatta two days before the annual Christmas Festival and Parade on December 5th.