Holiday Train Skipping New Hope in 2018

Holiday Train Skipping New Hope in 2018
Posted on 10/26/2018
Due to multiple scheduling conflicts, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will not be stopping in New Hope in 2018.

The city was informed in mid-October that the train was scheduled to stop at the New Hope Ice Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 3:35 p.m. After discussing the stop and logistics with city staff and the City Council, the following issues were identified that would have prevented the city from providing the staffing, parking and resources necessary to make the event successful:

• Several hundred parking spaces that were made available by surrounding industrial businesses in previous years would not be accessible, as employees would still be working at the time of the stop.
• A high school hockey game, hockey practice and dance classes would be taking place at the ice arena at the same time as the stop, making it difficult for participants to get to the arena for those activities. In addition, there would be little or no parking available at the arena for those interested in attending the Holiday Train event.
• Elementary schools would be dismissed around the time of the stop, preventing many children from being able to attend the event and necessitating that 49th Ave. be traversable for busing purposes.

The city requested that Canadian Pacific reconsider a different time and/or day for the New Hope Holiday Train stop, but they were understandably unable to accommodate. New Hope has asked to remain in consideration in future years’ stops.

Other scheduled Holiday Train stops for the local area include Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis on Dec. 11, and Loretto and Buffalo on Dec. 12.

Those looking for an event in New Hope to get in the holiday spirit are invited to attend “Skate with Santa” taking place at the ice arena on Friday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Bring the whole family to lace up and skate with Santa Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t forget your camera to get photos with Santa as well. Admission to this special open skating session is only $4 per person at the door. Don't have skates? No problem. The arena has rental skates available for just $3 a pair. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation to support local food shelves.