December 15, 3013
Haney - Maple Ridge British Columbia Across from Billy Miner Pub 8:45pm
December 16, 2013
Port Moody British Columbia 300 Ioco Road, 5:45pm
behind Arena & Rec Center
Port Coquitlam at 7:30pm
Poco WCE Station - 2125 Kingsway Ave
The two trains, each decorated with thousands of LED lights and festive designs, along with musicians entertaining from a converted box car stage will make stops in more than 150 cities, towns, and villages with free family shows until December 19th.
Performing on the Canadian train will be Melanie Doane, Jim Cuddy, Crystal Shawanda, and Doc Walker, while on the U.S. train, supporters will be entertained by The Claytones, Tracey Brown, and Willy Porter.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Canadian Pacific's annual Holiday Train program is considered to be the longest running fundraising program in North America. The Holiday Train program travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues. The Holiday Train reaches more than 150 communities each year for a combined distance of 10,000 kilometres (approximately 6,000 miles).
What's a Holiday Train event like?
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 ceremony takes place which involves local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes its show. After about a half hour that usually includes a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs, the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop.
Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs.
Maple Ridge, Port Moody BC