Countdown Begins For CP Holiday Train Arrival
The Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) Holiday Train returns to the rails this season and rolls into Port Coquitlam on Dec. 18, marking the end of its cross-country journey.
In addition to the arrival of the train, the City of Port Coquitlam, will be offering two public skating times on Dec. 18 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre from 12 to 2 p.m. and a skate with Santa from 2:30 to 4 p.m., followed by the arrival of the CP Rail Holiday Train on Kingsway Avenue between Mary Hill Road and Wilson Avenue at 6:15 p.m.
The Holiday Train show is free to attend. The City is encouraging everyone to come out to enjoy some holiday cheer, and show your community spirit and generosity with a donation. Bring cash or a non-perishable food donation if you are able. SHARE Family and Community Service’s holiday drive will set up a collection station at this event to help people in need in the community. Because local food shelves buy food at a discount, cash donations can go further than food donations to help those in need.
This is the CP Holiday Train’s 24th anniversary. The three-week, 10,000-kilometre journey began Nov. 27 in Montreal and will visit more than 150 communities before its final performance in Port Coquitlam featuring Mackenzie Porter and Virgina to Vegas from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Free parking will be available at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. People are advised to dress for the weather and have a reflective item on their clothing to make sure they can be seen when crossing the streets in the dark.
Road closures will be in place for Kingsway Avenue between Mary Hill Road and Wilson Avenue from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About CP Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train annual Food Bank fundraising program is entering its 24th year and raised more than $14.5 million and 4.3 million pounds of food since 1999. The holiday trains are about 1,000 feet long and feature 14 rail cars, each decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs, and a special modified boxcar for the performances.
For more information about the Dec. 18 event, please visit portcoquitlam.ca/holidaytrain.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam