Santa Train's 71st trip to feature Kree Harrison

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Kree Harrison will be this year's celebrity guest on the Santa Train for its 71st trip through Appalachia.

The train runs along a 110-mile route, beginning in Shelby, Kentucky, and travelling through part of Virginia before ending in Kingsport, Tennessee. Along the way, it distributes more than 15 tons of gifts, including toys and food.

At the end of the route, Santa departs the train and climbs onto a fire engine to anchor Kingsport's Yuletide Parade.

This will be Harrison's second trip on the Santa Train. She first rode in 2001, when she was 11 years old. Now the "American Idol" runner-up is working on her debut album and recently made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

More information on the Nov. 23 journey is available at

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