The CP Holiday Train is a Canadian Christmas train tradition that makes stops in Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam in 2019.
The train travels across Canada from late November until mid-December each year. Along the way it stops in communities and hosts free evenings of live music and family-friendly fun. This year the concerts are with Country singers Terri Clark and Dallas Smith.
Holiday Train Concerts & Fundraising Events
The CP Holiday Train has been a Christmas tradition of the Canadian Pacific Railway for 20 years. The train travels across both Canada and the United States and at each stop there is a concert and local food bank volunteers collect cash and food donations.
Since 1999 thousands of people have been entertained in communities across the country and over four and a half million pounds of food and close to $16 million in donations have been collected. At each stop people from the community donate food and cash. The CPR also makes a donation, usually of several thousand dollars, at each location.
Free Live Music from the CP Train
On the train there is typically at least one fairly high-profile musician who gives a short concert. Last year it was Sam Roberts Band as well as Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown. The year before it was Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Band. A couple of years before that it was Jim Cuddy from the band Blue Rodeo.
The same as last year, in 2019 the CP Holiday Train is requesting that donations of food be of especially nutritious items. This includes whole grain foods, canned vegetables and fruits, low fat and low-sodium products, canned fish and canned or dried beans. Of course things like peanut butter, canned soup and cash are also greatly appreciated.
CP Holiday Train in 2019
In 2019 the CP Holiday Train makes five stops in the Lower Mainland. The same as in other recent years, the free concerts this year take place over the course of two days in Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.
Train visits and concert details are listed below. (Note: Times, locations and other details are subject to change.)
Agassiz on December 16th, 2019
Outside the Agassiz Agricultural Hall at 6800 Pioneer Avenue is the first stop on the CP Holiday Train’s 2019 tour of the Lower Mainland. It arrives in the community at around 5:30 pm and the entertainment runs from 5:45 until 6:15 pm.
Food and cash donations collected at this first event benefit the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Food Bank.
Maple Ridge on December 16th, 2019
The CP Holiday Train visits Maple Ridge by the Port Haney West Coast Express train stop across from Billy Miner Pub at 22355 River Road.
The event takes place in Maple Ridge on Monday, December 16th (so shortly after the event in Agassiz). The train is scheduled to arrive at the Maple Ridge location at 7:50 and Terri Clark entertains from 8:00 until 8:30 pm.
Donations collected at the event in Maple Ridge benefit the local Friends in Need Food Bank.
Pitt Meadows on December 16th, 2019
The Pitt Meadows event takes place at the railway crossing at the West Coast Express Station at the corner of Harris Road and Advent Road near the Pitt Meadows Museum General Store at 12294 Harris Road.
In 2019 the train is expected to pull up at around 8:55 pm on Monday, December 16th (so shortly after its stop in Maple Ridge on the same night). The free outdoor concert then happens from 9:05 until 9:35 pm.
Donations of cash and food at the Pitt Meadows event benefit the Friends in Need Food Bank.
Port Moody on December 17th, 2019
The CP Holiday Train visits Port Moody behind the Rec Centre at 300 loco Road on Tuesday, December 17th. The train is scheduled to arrive at 5:20 and stay until 6:15 pm.
Even though the CP Holiday Train is in town for less than an hour, the festivities in Port Moody run for an extra couple of hours. From 5:00 until 7:00 pm, for example, there is an outdoor bonfire by the rec centre’s tennis courts as well as live music and food to purchase (by donation). Indoors at the rec centre there is also popcorn, participatory carol singing and craft activities.
On the same evening, at the Galleria & Inlet Theatre right close by at 100 Newport Drive, up until around 8 o’clock, there is hot chocolate (by donation), more craft activities, live entertainment and photo opportunities with Santa.
Click Port Moody Event for more information about the full evening of December 17th activities.
Donations received at the event in Port Moody benefit Share Family & Community Services.
COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET
Needing to do some last-minute Christmas shopping? Then check out the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market. It takes place on Sunday, December 22nd, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam (next to the Lights at Lafarge Christmas Lights attraction). Admission to both the artisan market and the holiday illuminations is free!
Port Coquitlam on December 17th, 2019
Port Coquitlam also gets its CP Holiday Train visit on Tuesday, December 17th (so shortly after the concert in Port Moody). The train is at the Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station at 2125 Kingsway Avenue from 7:00 until 7:45 pm.
The same as at the event in Port Moody, the entertainment in Port Coquitlam is provided by Terri Clark.
Donations of food and cash collected in Port Coquitlam benefit Share Family & Community Services.
What to Expect at the CP Holiday Train Events
At each stop of the CP Holiday Train you can expect to see a few thousand people and train cars with Christmas lights. The train pulls up, the stage door lowers, the band gets ready and then the music plays for about half an hour.
During the event, part way through the selection of Christmas-themed tunes, there is an official welcome and presentation by local dignitaries and folk from the local food bank.
Lasting for only around 45 minutes from start to finish, the events are pretty small and short, but they are fun, and the music is great.
The Holiday Train itself is approximately 1,000 feet long and consists of two GP20C 2200 series locomotives and over a dozen rail cars decorated with Christmas LED lights. You can’t go on the train, but it’s exciting to see.
Don’t forget to take non-perishable food items and/or cash to donate to your local food bank if you attend the event!
CP Holiday Train Christmas Video
Below is a video of the CP Holiday Train in 2018. The scene is of the train and its cars just after its concert with the Sam Roberts Band and just before it departed for its next stop in Port Coquitlam.
For more details about the events see the CP Holiday Train website.
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