Amtrak Celebrates the Spirit of the Season

Amtrak Holiday Wreath

Each year, Amtrak employees participate in holiday event to spread cheer and become involved in local and national community activities. Here are just a few examples of how we (#TeamAmtrak) celebrates the joy of the holiday season around the country.  If you plan to join us at one of these events and take a photo for your scrapbook, tag the photos #TeamAmtrak or #AmtrakAlltheWay and we may feature your photos on one of the Amtrak Instagram profiles!

Seattle, Wash. – Through Dec. 21, canned food donations will be accepted at King Street station for Northwest Harvest, a local food bank in the Seattle area.  A luggage float will be available in the station throughout the Thanksgiving and holiday season.

In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Santa Claus will host a holiday event at the station. Passengers young and old can pose for pictures with Santa, and pictures will either be printed or emailed.  This free and fun family event will also offer complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and other treats.  From noon-1:00 p.m., the Seattle Symphony Chorale will be singing favorite holiday songs. Canned food donations for Northwest Harvest will be accepted throughout the event

Baltimore, Md. – On Dec. 24 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., visitors in the station will be able to enjoy holiday carols performed by Charlene Cochran and the Fifth Avenue Band.

Tucson, Ariz. – On December 20, Amtrak will be a sponsor of the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum’s annual “Santa Coming to Tucson” event held at the notable train depot located at 414. N. Toole Ave.  At the free event, Santa will be greeting kids in front of the historic locomotive from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., followed by a classic holiday movie. www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org.

Washington, D.C.From Dec. 4 – Jan. 1, 2015, visitors to the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., can enjoy watching an Amtrak model train circle the notable evergreen located at President’s Park, just south of the White House. This is the sixth year Amtrak has participated in this national tradition in conjunction with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation (the official charity of America’s national parks) and the National Christmas Tree Railroad.

The model represents Amtrak’s Midwest corridor service, as well as our Northeast Regional service south of Washington, D.C., where the trains operate with this type of equipment. For more information visit www.NCTRR.org.

New York Penn StationThrough Dec. 24, drop off canned food items at the Amtrak Customer office, behind the 15 -16 west gates. Items will be donated to the St. Francis Food Pantry and Shelter, near the station.

A few of this years events have already taken place and they include:

Niles, Mich. – On Dec. 6 the Four Flags Garden Club will hosted its 23nd Annual Hometown Christmas celebration at the historic Amtrak Depot. Visitors enjoyed the beautiful holiday decorations, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and treats such as homemade cookies, cider and candy.

Baltimore, Md. – On Dec. 3, the lights were turned on at the annual Christmas tree lighting in the main hall at the station.

Dillon, S.C. On Dec.6, the Polar Express left Dillon, S.C., en route to Fayetteville, N.C., for a one-day round-trip journey.  In Fayetteville, passengers enjoyed a buffet lunch and met Santa before returning back to Dillon.