St. Paul Union Depot: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, North Pole Express, European Christmas Market & Holiday Bake Sale

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Courtesy Canadian Pacific


This weekend, you will be able to get into the spirit of the season if you make a quick or elongated visit to the St. Paul Union Depot.  Not only is it beautifully decorated for Christmas, but this weekend, it is jam-packed with holiday fun. Tonight, you can join the masses to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

North Pole Express

Thursday, December 10, 2015-Sunday, December 13, 2015
$18-$22 (approximately)

Children and trains go together during the Holiday Season like colorful lights, brightly iced cookies, festively wrapped gifts and family and friends.  This is your invitation to join us for North Pole Express at Union Depot St. Paul; an experience highlighted with vintage passenger cars and an operating steam locomotive.

-taken from Friends of 261 website

CP Holiday Train locomotive-Courtesy of Canadian PacificCanadian Pacific Holiday Train

Friday, December 11, 2015
6:45 p.m. Train arrives at Depot

To benefit Keystone Community Services Food Shelf, the CP Holiday Train will roll into the station. During the train’s stop, a holiday-themed musical performance by rising country music star Kira Isabella and Doc Walker will take place on the train’s stage.



St. Paul, Union DepotEuropean Christmas Market

Friday, December 11-Sunday, December 13, Various Hours (click on the link for the hours)
Outside on the East Plaza, the market is set up with wooden kiosk decorated with lights, garlands and red bows.

The European Christmas Market was created by the European Christmas Market organization –it is a 501(c)(3). Last year the event was held in downtown St. Paul on West 7th Place. This year we approached the organization and invited them to be a part of our #HubfortheHolidays events here at Union Depot. We felt the market would be a great fit and complement the other holiday events we have taking place at the building.

The market is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Folks can shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

-Tina Volpe, Marketing Manager

Press to Learn What's At the European Christmas Market--Meet Santa--Pet a Reindeer--Enjoy Live Entertainment

Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale

Saturday, December 12, 2015
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$5, Seniors and children under 12 are free

The Holiday Bake Sale will be set up indoors in the Waiting Room with  39 different vendors, as well as a stage full of entertainment and baking demonstrations.

When Union Depot reopened its doors in December of 2012, we had a fantastic grand opening event. We really wanted to create an event that we could host each year around the same time to commemorate our anniversary from year to year. The result of a lot of brainstorming was the Holiday Bake Sale. Nothing else like it exists in the Twin Cities, and with different baked goods really making a name for themselves in the foodie world (i.e. cupcakes, cronuts, etc.) we thought it would be great if folks could come to one place and shop all of the best bakeries and delicacies in the Twin cities.

This year we once again have The Buttered Tin at the bake sale, they are famous for their cupcakes and cookies and are continually ranked one of the best bakeries in local publications.

Also, this year we are have a couple of gluten free bakeries, Bittersweet Gluten Free Bakery (a totally GF bakery), and Nikkollette’s Macarons. Also, don’t miss Cravin’ Pies. You will melt over the sweet deliciousness of these miniature individual handmade pies.

-Tina Volpe, Marketing Manager

Plan ahead!

Holiday Movie Night

Friday, December 18, 7 p.m.

‘The Polar Express’

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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