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The time has been set for the holiday train's stop in Wauwatosa.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive in the Wauwatosa Village at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and begin the entertainment production at 5 p.m.

Dubbed "All Aboard for Tosa Cares," the event is designed to entertain and bring awareness and accrue donations for the Tosa Cares organization.

"It is a community event of holiday cheer," Tosa Cares coordinator Linda Ertel said. "With the importance of the donations to Tosa Cares."

Attendees can begin gathering near the train stop at 4 p.m. and are asked to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations to the event. In 2015, 13,000 pounds of food and $5,000 was collected.

Due to the event occurring on a weeknight, the Wauwatosa Police Department is planning for a smaller crowd than the estimated 10,000-plus who showed up on a Friday night in 2015.

To view the train, the public can stand on Harwood Drive on either side of the tracks because the train will open on both sides. In 2015, the plan was to open the train only on the south side of the tracks but was opened on the north side as well after officials saw the size of the crowd that had gathered.

Timeline of the Dec. 6 event:

  • 4:00 p.m. - Residents can begin to gather at the Harwood Avenue crossing in the village
  • 4:45 p.m. - Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrives
  • 5:00 p.m. - Performance begins
  • 5:30 p.m. - End of performance
  • 5:35 p.m. - Train departs

Tosa Cares is seeking volunteers to help collect food donations the evening of Dec. 6 and to sort the donations in the following days. Please go to the Tosa Cares website if you are interested in helping out. The Wauwatosa-based nonprofit is an all-volunteer organization which collects nonperishable food items, personal care items, clothing and school supplies to distribute to families in need.

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