The CP Holiday Train in 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The CP Holiday Train in 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

CP Holiday Train to roll through Mission again after pandemic hiatus

People asked to come out to concert at Maple Ridge station and bring food donations

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will return to the rails this season on its first cross-continent tour in three years – rolling once again through Mission with a nearby concert.

This comes after virtual concerts in the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021. The train will again raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CP network.

The train is set to come through Mission on Dec. 17 at around 7 p.m. with its lights blazing. It will stop in Maple Ridge at the station next to the Haney Bypass at around 7:50 p.m. for a concert.

This year’s performers will include Alan Doyle, Tenille Townes, Mackenzie Porter and Lindsay Ell, to name a few. Details about this year’s artists and which performers will play which shows are available at cpr.ca/holidaytrain.

“I’m grateful to the CP team members who adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver two exceptional virtual Holiday Train shows and to all those who continued to donate while we kept community members safe,” said Keith Creel, CP’s president and CEO, in a statement. “The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need. We are excited to be back out on the rails and in our communities, taking these two beautiful trains across our network and sharing the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”

The tour will feature 168 live shows.

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Holiday Train shows are free to attend. CP asks attendees to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if they’re able. Local food shelves will set up collection stations at each event, with all donations made staying with the local food bank 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.

Since the Holiday Train program launched in 1999, it’s raised more than $21 million and collected five million pounds of food for community food banks across North America.


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