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Is The Polar Express Coming To Alberta?

The CPKC Holiday Train, with its twinkling lights and holiday designs, is a sight to behold, but it's the spirit of giving to local food banks that truly lights up the season

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. Packed malls, snow, and hot chocolate with Baileys are hallmarks of the holiday season. 

But for some of us, the mention of Christmas brings back fond memories of the CPKC Holiday Train. It may not be as magical as the Polar Express, but this festive locomotive comes close.

So what makes this train so special? 

The CPKC Holiday Train is 14 rail cars long, all decorated with LED lights and holiday designs.

The full length of the CPKC Holiday Train, featuring bright lights | CPKC

At every stop, the Train works with local food banks to collect funds and food donations for the area.

Since the Holiday Train first hit the tracks in 1999, the train has raised over $22 million and gathered over five million pounds of food to contribute to food banks across North America. 

The CPKC Holiday Train will run from November 20 to December 19 this year, starting in Maine.

Next, the Train will go to Quebec, Ontario, New York, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Between December 6 and December 19, locations across the province will have the chance to see the CPKC Holiday Train, including Okotoks, Camrose, Coleman, Airdrie, and Olds, to name a few. 

The CPKC Holiday Train passing over a bridge | CPKC

The real magic starts when the musicians take the stage. Each stop the Holiday Train makes features a mini-concert open to the public.

This year, the musical roster for Alberta includes performances from Anyway Gang and our own Tyler Shaw and Kiesza

Once the show is over, the Train heads to its next stop. 

If you hope to catch a ride on the CPKC Holiday Train, We have some bad news.

The train does not offer rides to the public. Still, the Train will leave you with fond memories and maybe even a new family tradition.

At the very least, the CPKC Holiday Train offers a chance to give back to the community. 

Donations are vital during the holiday season when food banks are overwhelmed

There’s a reason our province is one of the most charitable in the country. It’s because we support each other, no matter the cost. 

So, as the CPKC Holiday Train passes through the province, let’s show off our spirit of giving.

A CPKC Holiday Train performance in front of a large crowd in Cochrane in 2022 | Cochrane Now

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