Kree HarrisonRising country music star Kree Harrison will help Santa Claus distribute more than 15 tons of toys and gifts to thousands of Appalachian families during the 71st annual Santa Train (Nov. 23), and the runner-up of “American Idol” season 12 also plans to share her gift of singing with a special performance at the train’s final stop in Kingsport, Tenn.

“I’m working on my debut album, so I’m extremely excited to perform and share my music with the families participating in this year’s Santa Train event,” said Harrison. “The Santa Train is a family tradition for so many people in Appalachia, and I’m honored to return and experience this amazing event for a second time.”

Santa TrainThe acoustic performance will be held outside the old rail depot building, now Cumberland Marketing, at 3:10 p.m., before gifts are distributed at the final stop of the Santa Train. The building is located at 151 East Main Street in downtown Kingsport. Roads will be blocked off starting around 12:30 p.m. for the Christmas Parade that will begin at 3:30 p.m. in downtown.

Harrison is making a return appearance as the celebrity guest on the Santa Train, having first ridden in 2001 when she was 11 years old. Twelve years later, she is working on her debut album and recently made an appearance on the “CMT Music Awards,” in addition to her Grand Ole Opry debut in June of this year.

Santa Train 2010 145About the Santa Train:  Now in its 71st 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.

Please visit www.teamsantatrain.org for more information. For updates about the Santa Train, visit www.facebook.com/santatrain and follow @TheSantaTrain on Twitter and the Santa Train Pinterest board at https://pinterest.com/santatrain/.

AMERICAN IDOL: Kree Harrison. CR: Matthieu Young / FOX. Copyright: FOX.About Kree Harrison:  Kree Harrison has been singing for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Woodville, Texas, she first appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s “Most Talented Kids” show at 10 years old. For the past 13 years, Harrison has worked in Nashville writing with some of the top writers in the business, singing demos and backups for various signed artists, and performing whenever possible. Tragedy struck Harrison twice when she lost her father in a plane crash and her mother in a car accident, both by the time she was 19 years old. In 2012, she auditioned for “American Idol” season 12, where she wowed fans and the judges with her effortless vocals, moving song choices and calm demeanor, ultimately coming in second place in the competition. Harrison recently wrapped up the “American Idol Live” tour and is living in Nashville working on her debut album. Click here to see a YouTube video of Kree’s debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

To learn more about The Santa Train, and see photos and articles from Santa Train trips in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, click on each of those years.

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Rising country music star Kree Harrison will help Santa Claus distribute more than 15 tons of toys and gifts to thousands of Appalachian families during the 71st annual Santa Train (Nov. 23), and the runner-up of “American Idol” season 12 also plans to share her gift of singing with...