For the first time in three years, a favorite Canada Christmas train is returning to the rails, and fans of all ages will be able to celebrate this CPR Christmas train holiday across the nation beginning this week.
This stunning Holiday Train is making a return to Canada
A lovely Christmas tradition has returned to Canada! After being canceled for two years due to the pandemic, the Canadian Pacific Holiday (CPR Christmas Train) is returning, featuring live activities around the nation.
This year, the train will return to the rails for a cross-country journey to collect funds and food for local communities along the CP network.
Due to COVID-19, the holiday train was canceled in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years. Instead, virtual concerts were held, and CP donated to food banks in communities along the route. CP had hoped that the train would return in 2021, but concerts were again organized last year. The train is finally making a comeback, with its 2022 journey due to begin on November 23.
The CP Holiday Train features two programs that travel throughout Canada and the United States. Locals can congregate at each stop to witness the lit train. Besides, they can enjoy a performance of holiday-themed tunes featuring a slew of Canadian performers. The events are free to attend. But CP requests that participants bring food or monetary gift to the location.
Each Christmas Train is approximately 1,000 feet long and has 14 rail carriages decorated with holiday themes and lights.
“The Canada’s Christmas train is about families and communities getting together to celebrate the season and help those in need,” CP President and CEO Keith Creel stated. “We are thrilled to be back on the rails and in our communities, transporting these two magnificent trains across our network and spreading the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”
What is the route of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train?
Canadian Pacific operates two Holiday Trains: one throughout Canada and one between the two nations. The Canadian railway will run from Montreal to Vancouver, stopping in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton, among other places. To find the nearest event, use the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train tracker.
The Canadian train left Montreal on November 27. While Mackenzie Porter and Virginia To Vegas will wrap up the tour from Calgary to Vancouver, Tenille Townes of Alberta and Aysanabee of Toronto will play free concerts for the Montreal to Calgary portion of the tour.
On November 22, a US train will depart from Montreal and pass through Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Brittany Kennell of Quebec and Don Amero of Winnipeg will perform in Quebec. While Calgary singer Lindsey Ell and group Texas Hill will perform in southern Ontario.
Finally, Alan Doyle of Newfoundland and Kelly Prescott of Ottawa will perform in Iowa to complete the train’s voyage back to Canada. The final performance will take place on December 18 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
CP Holiday Train 2022
- Price: Free
- When: The tour begins on November 23rd.
- Location: Various places around Canada
After a two-year absence, this beautiful Christmas tradition returns to Canada with themed performances. So come down and celebrate the holidays with the greatest locomotive in town. Bring donations for the local food bank to aid those in need.