Rising pop star and "The Voice" Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train. She will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain15 to engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.
Now in its 73rd year, the Santa Train runs along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of toys to Appalachian families. The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.
"I'm honored to be the celebrity guest on this year's Santa Train," Linsey said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to give back and be a part of something that has become a holiday tradition for many families, and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
2015 has been a big year for Linsey, who released her EP titled "Believer" in July. The six-song EP highlights her crossover from country music to pop and debuted at No. 6 on the iTunes pop chart.
"We are so glad to have Meghan Linsey join us on this year's Santa Train," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president, corporate social responsibility for CSX. "We are thankful for the support we receive each year from our celebrity guests. It's humbling to see artists add to the holiday cheer the Santa Train brings to the region."