MetroLink customers enjoyed singing holiday songs and listening to live music aboard the Holiday Magic Train on November 30 and December 7. If you missed the onboard concerts, there are still a couple of opportunities to hear live holiday music at two Metro locations. The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will perform a 30-minute concert on December 12 at 5 p.m. at the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station, and then another concert on December 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center MetroLink Station.The Charles Glenn Duo kicked off the live music on Saturday, November 30—performing about two hours aboard the Holiday Magic Train on the Blue Line from the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station to the Shrewsbury Station and back to Fairview Heights.
Beth Bombara performed aboard the Holiday Magic Train for about two hours on December 7 starting at the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station and going to the end of the Red Line at the stations at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and back to Fairview Heights.
The Holiday Magic Train is a partnership between the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) and Metro transit. This is the fourth year the specially decorated train has traveled on the MetroLink system from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 31 to bring holiday cheer to thousands of area commuters.
The Holiday Magic Train is decked out with blue, silver and white snowflake ornaments with garland. Snowflake decals decorate the train windows and big holiday wreaths adorn the front and back of the train.
You can usually find the Holiday Magic Train on the Red Line on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the start of service until around 6:30 p.m., and on the Blue Line on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the start of service to about 6:30 at night.
On Saturdays, the Holiday Magic Train is in service from about 10 in the morning until around 6:45 p.m. and it alternates on Saturdays between the Red Line and the Blue Line. On Tuesday, December 25, the train will operate from approximately 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on a Sunday frequency schedule.
The winter storm on December 5 forced the Bayless High School Xpression group to cancel its live evening concert at the North Hanley MetroLink Station, and unfortunately, that has resulted in the group having to cancel its concert at the Central West End MetroLink Station scheduled for December 10.
Here are a few videos from this year’s Holiday Magic concerts.
If you missed the onboard performances, make sure to mark your calendars for next year!