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Christmas Tree Train offers new holiday traditions

Published: Nov. 28, 2021 at 5:02 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2021 at 5:15 PM CST
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KNIFE RIVER, MN. (KBJR) - Northlanders got a new fun way to harvest their Christmas trees Saturday.

The first-ever Christmas Tree Train departed the Duluth Depot Saturday morning and headed to the newly renovated Knife River Depot up the North Shore.

Once there, people were able to pick out their freshly cut tree and load it back on the train to take a ride back to Duluth.

Along with trees, attendees enjoyed hot cocoa, bonfires, and live music.

Organizers said it was a fun day full of holiday celebration and cheer and hope it continues for many years.

“The North Shore Scenic Railroad came up with the idea of the Christmas tree train. We jumped on it right away as the heritage center. We wanted a tie to this, and let’s expand on it and open it up to the whole community, so that is what we are doing,” said Paul von Goertz with the Knife River Depot.

If you’re still looking for a holiday festival, the annual Julebyen Christmas Village takes place in Knife River next weekend.

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