Holiday train to roll through city


Canadian Pacific (CP) has confirmed its annual Holiday Train tour will include a stop in Airdrie at Nose Creek Park on Dec. 9.

The free, family-friendly event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and feature performances by Canadian country singer Dallas Smith and Odds, an alternative rock band.

Attendees are asked to bring either a cash or food donation for the Airdrie Food Bank.

CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow said the Holiday Train program, which has raised more than $12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food for local food banks, started in 1999 and remains an important initiative for the company, which operates across North America.

“The Holiday Train program is a really important community intiative,” she said.

“It’s all about the food banks and the critical role they play. Hunger is an issue that can and does impact our employees’ neighbours.”

She added awareness about the role food banks play across Canada is a huge part of the program.

Woodrow said the Holiday Train visits about 150 communities across Canada and in the United States in just three weeks.

The train that will visit Airdrie will travel from Montreal to Vancouver, stopping at numerous communities along the way.

Woodrow encourages the public to attend the event, noting dressing for the weather is a necessity in December.

“It’s a great show for everyone to come out and celebrate the holiday season, the community and giving back to the community,” she said.

“Who knows what the weather will be like? Sometimes we are graced with warm weather, some days not so much,” she concluded with a laugh.