Kansas City Southern Holiday Train coming to Roodhouse Dec. 13, 2013

By Nick Kovatch on December 1 at 8:00am

Greene County residents are marking their calendars for December 13th when the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train makes another stop in Roodhouse.

In its 13th annual run, Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will stop in 20 communities in six states. At each scheduled stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.

Roodhouse is the only stop for the train in Illinois.

The train’s visit will coincide with the 2nd annual Christmas in the Park at Roodhouse Park on the Square from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will also be free. Organizers say there will be Christmas lights, Christmas vendors, free chili, free hot chocolate, nativity scene, music, and much more.