TICONDEROGA - The Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" will again kick off the holiday season in Ticonderoga and Port Henry.
The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 4:45 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.
Following the train stop, the town Christmas tree will be lit on the Ticonderoga Community Building lawn at 7 p.m. The ceremony will include music and refreshments.
This year the tree will be in honor of the late Tony Morette.
This will be the sixth year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. It has stopped in Port Henry the past five years.
Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney suggests people park at Fort Ticonderoga and take a shuttle bus to the train station.
"We'll fill in the (boat) launch site parking and fort overflow first, then have folks park in the fort main parking lot to be bussed down to the train," Malaney said. "It's ETA is 4:45 p.m. though it's best to arrive well before."
Ticonderoga police will be located at the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga directing traffic, Malaney said.
In Port Henry there will be parking at the town hall, Wheelock's, the Knights of Columbus, NuWay Laundry and along Main Street. There will be handicap parking only at the train station. Buses will also transport people from Moriah Central School to and from the train station.
The goal of the "Holiday Train" is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provides a box car stage, musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.