CPKC Holiday Train Lights Up Eastern Ontario with Festive Cheer and Charity

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The Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Holiday Train is set to spread holiday cheer across Eastern Ontario on Monday and Tuesday, marking its 25th journey of festive celebration and charity. (Photo Credit: CP Rail)

The Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Holiday Train is set to make its festive journey through eastern Ontario today and tomorrow, bringing holiday cheer and supporting local food banks.

Festive Journey Through Ontario

Marking its 25th installment, the CPKC Holiday Train begins its tour this afternoon, passing through several towns in eastern Ontario. The schedule includes stops in Finch at 2:30 p.m., Merrickville at 5:00 p.m., Smith Falls at 6:30 p.m., and Perth at 8:00 p.m. The journey continues on November 28 with stops in Belleville at 9:15 a.m., Trenton at 10:45 a.m., and Brighton at 11:30 a.m. The train will then proceed westward through southern Ontario, including Bowmanville, Oshawa, and Toronto, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The train rolls into Kimball, Minn., for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop Dec. 12, 2019.

Concerts and Celebrations

At each stop, the train, adorned with festive decorations, will host a half-hour concert featuring the Canadian band Anyway Gang. These free concerts, performed from the train’s brightly lit stage, promise to add to the holiday spirit in each city.

Handout image of Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train. Courtesy Of Neil Zeller / Canadian Pacific Railway

A Tradition of Giving

The CPKC Holiday Train is more than a symbol of holiday spirit; it plays a crucial role in supporting local food banks. As it tours Canada and the United States from November 20 through December 19, the train raises money for local food banks and encourages attendees to contribute donations. Since its inception in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised over $22.5 million and collected more than five million pounds of food for community food banks across North America.

Full Schedule Available

For those interested in catching the Holiday Train or participating in the festivities, a full list of the schedule and performers is available on the train’s official website.