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CP Holiday Train rolling through SW Sask.; Alberta

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In 2016, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault welcomes the CP Holiday Train to Swift Current, Dec. 6, 2016. Standing next to him is Andy Cummings of Canadian Pacific. In 2016, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault welcomes the CP Holiday Train to Swift Current, Dec. 6, 2016. Standing next to him is Andy Cummings of Canadian Pacific.

The CP Holiday train is rolling through Southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan this December to raise donations for local foodbanks at each stop.


From entertainment to a spectacular light showing, the holiday train is back for the nineteenth year to spread Christmas cheer and help fight the growing battle against hunger.
“Each year we’re touring in support of foodbanks,” says Manager of Media Relations with the CP Holiday Train, Andy Cummings. “The issue of hunger is an issue that impacts every community, and that’s what brings crowds together to help their neighbours, and its something that everyone can feel good about.”
The CP Holiday Train will be making stops in both Tilley and Brooks this Christmas season! Performers will include Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescot.
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 presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.  The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell song, the stage door closes, and the train heads off to the next stop. This event is free to attend however it is asked that you bring a food or monetary donation for the local food bank.  Food Bank representatives will be onsite collecting donations. 
It will reach southwest Saskatchewan on Dec. 17 and specificially in Swift Current (3rd Street & North Railway, East of CP Station) by 12:15 p.m. and is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. It then hits the tracks west to Maple Creek on Pacific Ave. and performances begin at 2:30 p.m.
The train will cross the Alberta border and will be arriving in Tilley at 7 p.m., with the event time from 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.  The train will then move along to Brooks, arriving at 8:30 p.m. with the event taking place from 8:45 – 9:15 p.m. Stop location in Tilley is the SE side of crossing at Hwy 876 and stop location in Brooks is 1st Avenue, behind City Hall.
The CP Holiday Train worked its way across a grand route of both parts of Canada and the United States, will be stationing in several towns throughout southern Alberta during its voyage.
With the train making its stops throughout southern Alberta this December, all those wanting to experience the magic whilst helping feed the hungry can see the train at its respective stop below.
“We do an alternating circuit so that we are able to visit as many places as we can over the years. Southern Alberta is on the circuit that we come out and visit every other year,” says Cummings.
However, as the train may be rolling through smaller towns, that doesn’t mean that the communities are any less supportive.
In fact, Cummings says that the Holiday Train has been immensely successful with people coming out from the dozens to the thousands over the years to show their support and donate to the hungry.
“We get so much positive feedback, although the numbers vary greatly at each stop, we get so many people out from dozens of people to more than 10,000 people.”
Since its first appearance in 1999, the one-thousand-foot-long train that harbours fourteen brightly decorated rail carts, has travels to communities across Canada and the United States to raise more than $13 million dollars and over four million pounds of food to help stock food-banks shelves over the holidays.
“For us it always come back to the fight against hunger,” says Cummings of why the train has continued its holiday journey over the years.
“It’s important and it’s free. All we ask is that people make donations if they are able to towards the locally represented food banks. And each year, the communities come together and enjoy the show and help those in need and it’s a beautiful thing.” 
To follow the train, a detailed schedule of the trains route and stopping places/times can be found online at http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/ schedule-canada

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