Back for the first time since 2019, the Christmas-themed locomotive will travel through neighbouring Steeltown on Tuesday, November 29. Photo credit: CP
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has returned for 2022 after a brief two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
The train will be in Hamilton on Tuesday, November 29 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM on the rail tracks to the south of Gage Park along Lawrence Road.
The train features 14 decorated rail cars in what is a roughly 1,000-foot Christmas spectacle. The event is free but is meant to serve as an opportunity to raise money, food, and awareness for local food banks in the communities it visits. The November 29 stop in Hamilton will be used to support Hamilton Food Share.
There will also be a concert, with Canadian country music singers Lindsay Ell and JoJo Mason using one of the railcars as a stage to perform a mix of holiday-themed songs.
The concert will run from 8:00PM until 8:40PM.
A fully family-friendly event, Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance.
Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food contributions and/or a cash contribution for Hamilton Food Share. Tuna, beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and baby food are among some of the recommended non-perishable items.
Executive Director of Hamilton Food Share Joanne Santucci is thrilled that the Holiday Train is back for 2022.
“We are so excited to greet the amazing CP Holiday Train this year as it will bring together thousands of Hamiltonians celebrating the time-honoured tradition of helping our neighbours while experiencing a massive injection of the Christmas spirit that is certain to accompany the train as it rolls into Hamilton’s Gage Park,” she said.
More than 50 volunteers will be on site at the Gage Park stop to collect donations. Attendees are encouraged to come early for pre-train activities.
Prior to the train’s arrival Hamilton Bulldogs’ mascot Bruiser and Hamilton Tiger-Cats mascot Stripes will be on-site, Hamilton-based radio station 102.9 Bounce FM will be playing music, and Tim Hortons will be providing free coffee and hot chocolate.
The Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has raised more than $25 million dollars’ worth of donations and five million pounds of food for community food banks across North America. The program has two trains, one that travels exclusively within Canada and another that has stops in both Canada and the United States.
The two trains visit more than 160 communities in just over three weeks.
Other nearby stops of the Holiday Train include Cambridge, Ayr, and Woodstock. The train does not stop in Niagara. To view a map both trains’ entire journeys, go to CP’s website here.
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