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November 21, 2012

Holiday Magic Train Concerts Are Back This Year And They Are Being Joined By Live Music at Metro Transit Centers

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

Metro Transit commuters will hear the sounds of the season again this year aboard the Holiday Magic Train. Live music is scheduled on two Saturdays in December. In addition to the Holiday Magic Train concerts, Metro has added even more music and celebration. Musical groups from area schools will perform at several Metro Transit Centers throughout the holiday season.

Next month, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers and Chamber Project St. Louis will present on-board concerts on the Holiday Magic Train. Chamber Project St. Louis will perform on the Blue Line on Saturday, December 8, from 12:12 p.m. to 2:11 p.m. On Saturday, December 15, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform on the Holiday Magic Train on the Red Line from 1:22 p.m. to 3:21 p.m. Both concerts will begin and end at the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station, first traveling westbound on the Holiday Magic Train.

Performers will play for approximately two hours on the Holiday Magic Train before the concert ends. The Blue Line travels to Shrewsbury before returning to Fairview Heights and the Red Line goes to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport before heading back to Fairview Heights Station in Illinois. The cost of the concert is a ticket to ride. Metro customers can board at any MetroLink Station along the way with a valid ticket or Metro pass.

At the Metro Transit Centers, youth from five bi-state area schools will perform 30-minute concerts at several Metro Transit Centers.

• The Xpression group from Bayless High School will sing at the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station at 5:30 p.m. on November 29 and at the Brentwood MetroLink Station on December 20 at 5:30 p.m.
• The Signal Hill Middle School choir will perform on December 7 at noon at the Belleville MetroLink Station.
• On December 14 at 5 p.m., the Normandy High School Brass Ensemble will perform at the North Hanley Transit Center.
• The Vashon High School Wind and Percussion Troupe will perform at the Grand MetroLink Station at 4:45 p.m. on December 19.

The Holiday Magic Train is a partnership between the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) and Metro Transit. This is the third year the train has traveled on the Red and Blue MetroLink Lines to bring holiday cheer to thousands of area commuters.

The decorated train is a winter wonderland of blue and silver ornaments and white snowflake ornaments with garland. Snowflake decals decorate the train windows and big holiday wreaths adorn the front and back of the Holiday Magic Train.

The Holiday Magic Train is in service from November 23 through December 31. Customers will generally find it on the Red Line on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from around 4 a.m. until approximately 6:30 p.m. and on the Blue Line on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:50 a.m. to nearly 6:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, the Holiday Magic Train operates from around 10 a.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m. and it will alternate between the Red Line and the Blue Line. On Tuesday, December 25, the Holiday Magic Train will operate from approximately 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Sunday schedule frequency.

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