Holiday Train Block Party

485 W Van Vleek Street, Waterloo, IN 46793 get directions
Waterloo, IN

Location: Historic Depot and on the surrounding block

Actual Train Arrival Time TBD

Friends and families gather for fun while they wait for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Waterloo, IN. For 20 years, it has traveled from Canada and across the UN with its brightly lit neon decorations. The train usually passes by around midnight.

Activities begin at 8:00 p.m. with tree lighting in Francis Thomson Memorial Park and Excelsior Art Academy and Youth Theatre students singing Christmas songs. The Taylors and Mama Tried Band will play from 8:30 pm–12:30 pm with a mix of classic rock and country cover songs with some of their own music too.

The event is free and true to CP’s holiday train tradition, the Town is collecting donations of canned goods for the local food pantry, Warm a Heart. Dry goods and cans with pop-tops are suggested.

Highlights of the evening include plenty of food and beverages by the River A Smokin' Q, Mad Anthony, Waterloo Fire Department, Warm A Heart, and Jeremiah's Coffee Shop. Artists have been invited to a holiday market. There will be photos in the adjacent park pavilion with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

In addition to activity in a large, heated tent, there will be some activities in the community room at the historic depot, though the station will be open for Amtrak passengers too.  Visitors to the station can explore the photo displays of Waterloo history.


The train doesn't stop in Waterloo, but there will still be snacks, vendors, and light entertainment at the historic train station. In CP tradition, canned fruit or vegetables with pull-tab lids will be collected for local food pantries.

For questions contact Tena Woenker (260) 837-7428 or email