The CP Holiday Train chugs into Chatham carrying Christmas cheer on Dec. 1.
The train, featuring performances by artists Lindsay Ell and JoJo Mason, is slated to arrive at the Holiday Inn Express/Bradley Convention Centre about 2:30 p.m. next Thursday. The performance begins at 2:45 p.m.
The Holiday Train returns to the rails this season on its first cross-continent tour in three years, following 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.
“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 Chief Executive Officer in a media release. “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. A full schedule is available at cpr.ca/holidaytrain.
Holiday Train shows are free to attend. CP officials ask attendees to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if they’re able.
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.