Santa Trains running Dec. 10 and 17

The annual West Coast Express event sees donations collected for the Mission Christmas Bureau

The 15th annual West Coast Express Santa Train will be rolling into town on Dec. 10 and the 17 this year.

Each year the West Coast Express (WCE) offers free rides to Waterfront Station and back with the donation of a new, unused and unwrapped toy for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, established in 1930, currently gathers toys all year round to be distributed to needy children by 12 local bureaus around the Lower Mainland.

All toys collected here will go the Mission Christmas Bureau.

“We know it is a difficult time of year for the local toy bureaus,” says organizer Kyla Daman-Willems, WCE spokesperson. “We are told every year how much the influx of toys and cash is appreciated to help families in need.”

The train will be leaving Mission City station at 10 a.m. on both days heading to Waterfront station for 11:15 a.m.

This year, the second annual open house at Waterfront Station will take place as part of the festivities. From 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., both days, Santa Claus will be on hand for photo opportunities, there will be face painting and crafts for children to do, as well as live musical entertainment.

People are asked to bring non-perishable food donations for the food bank to the Waterfront Station event.

The return train leaves at 5 p.m.

• For more information call the West Coast Express at 604-488-8906 or visit www.westcoastexpress.com.