2015 is the 17th anniversary of the CP Rail Holiday Train. It’s a three week long, 10,000km journey across Canada. It will visit more than 150 communities before arriving in the Tri-Cities on December 19, 2015. It’s carrying performers Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott, who will perform in both communities.
In Port Moody, you can join the festivities at Trasolini Field behind the Port Moody Recreation Complex starting at 3:00pm on December 19, 2015. Ward off the cold with a cup of hot chocolate, a hot dog or some chilli by donation. You’ll really get into the spirit with games, and festive tunes by the Port Moody Community Band and Moody Middle Choir. Meanwhile, in the Port Moody Recreation Complex Wellness Room they’ve got popcorn lined up, along with some amazing carolers. Get your face painted, do some colouring and hang out with Santa between 3:00 and 4:50pm – and all donations benefit SHARE!
For a well-rounded holiday experience stop by Arena 2 at the Port Moody Recreation Complex where you can take a lap around the rink at a free Family Skate. Get on the ice between 2:30 and 4:00pm. The Skate Shop is open at 2:00pm, and limited rentals are available. Limited admission too – first come, first skate!
At 4:50pm the CP Holiday Train will pull up. You’ll definitely want to be there for its grand arrival – tens of thousands of LED lights adorn 14 brightly decorated rail cars. A little known fact? Over its 17 years, staff on the CP Holiday Train have given out over a quarter of a million candy canes to kids. Sing holiday songs with the performers, and drop off a food donation for SHARE.
After it leaves Port Moody, the train will head to the Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station at 2125 Kingsway Avenue. It will arrive at this, its final stop, at 6:30pm on December 19, 2015. The festivities start with a free skate and a festive photo booth, both sponsored by Sandra Craig of Park Georgia Realty, from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex. Please bring a donation for the SHARE food and toy drive.
For an even more exciting festive experience, drop off a donation for SHARE food bank at any Port Coquitlam city facility by December 17, 2015 to enter to win a ride on the CP Holiday Train from Port Moody to Port Coquitlam.
Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program is considered to be the longest running fundraising program in North America. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised close to $10.6 million and about 3.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Everything raised in each community stays in that community, and CP additionally makes donations at each stop. So get out, celebrate the season, and help give back to families right here in the Tri-Cities!