Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The 2016 CP Holiday Train will once again roll into Port Coquitlam on December 17, 2016 at 6:15pm at the Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station (2125 Kingsway Ave) – marking the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train’s cross-country journey. The festivities start with a free skate. Donations brought in for the SHARE food and toy drive.
Every year, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks. The last stop is in Port Coquitlam!
The Canadian Holiday Train embarks on its three-week journey from Beaconsfield, Quebec, finishing up in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program is considered to be the longest running fundraising program in North America. The Holiday Train program travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks. The Holiday Train reaches more than 150 communities each year for a combined distance of 10,000 kilometres. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised close to $10.6 million and about 3.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Everything raised in each community stays in that community, and CP additionally makes donations at each stop.
What’s a Holiday Train event like?
A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief ceremony takes place which involves local officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes its show. After about a half hour that usually includes a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs, the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night.
Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs.