Port Moody celebrates the Christmas season with a visit by the CP Holiday Train, a free concert and family-friendly activities in December each year.
HOLIDAY TRAIN CANCELLED
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CP Holiday Train is not running in 2020. Unfortunately, this means that the Port Moody Holiday Train Christmas Event is also not happening. Hopefully both return in 2021.
For details about the event in Port Moody that may be similar to future years, see below. For information about the train in general and its typical stops in other Lower Mainland locations, click Vancouver CP Holiday Train.
Port Moody’s Holiday Train Christmas Event
The CP Holiday Train has been visiting the community of Port Moody just before Christmas for a number of years now. In 2019 it visited on Tuesday, December 17th, and, just like every year, on that day the town held a party. The train arrived at around 5:20 pm and there was live music from 5:45 until 6:15 pm. The train departed right after that, but the celebrations continued.
In normal years, when the train visits Port Moody, there’s a free concert as well as other live entertainment and family-friendly things to do. In 2019 the performers were Canadian Country singers Terri Clark and Dallas Smith. Last year the Sam Roberts Band performed.
The event typically takes place at the Port Moody Recreation Complex which is located at 300 loco Road. Some activities also happen next door at the Galleria & Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive. In 2019 the entire event ran from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.
About the Train
The CP Holiday Train is a Canadian Pacific Railway train that gets decorated in Christmas lights and travels across Canada. In years without a pandemic, it visits towns across the country and at each stop the doors to one of the train cars opens, a band comes out to play and the locals get treated to a free Christmas concert.
The train makes a few stops in the Lower Mainland each year including in Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. At each venue there is a half-hour concert and donations of food and cash are collected for the town’s local food bank.
Most CP Holiday Train events last for less than an hour and feature just the free concert and a few short speeches. Occasionally there is a little bit more, although usually not much. They are fun events, yet typically brief and simple. In Port Moody, however, it’s usually a full evening affair!
About the Port Moody Event
Unlike most other CP Holiday Train events across Canada, the festivities in Port Moody last for as long as 3 hours. The official “CP Train” part runs for the usual 30 to 45 minutes or so, but afterwards there are usually other performers and craft activities for kids.
After the CP Holiday Train concert and after the train has departed, there is more live music as well as craft-making, cookie-decorating and face painting opportunities at the Rec Centre most years. There is also popcorn and other refreshments available, and drop-in gym activities for little kids. Santa Claus is also on site and there is an outdoor bonfire to keep warm at.
In 2019, similar to the year before, there was an outdoor bonfire, food and hot chocolate for sale (by donation) and a performance by the Port Moody Community Band behind the Recreation Complex.
Indoors at the Recreation Centre there were activities in the Gymnasium and the Wellness Room. The Gymnasium was open from 6:00 until 7:30 pm and had plenty of toys, balls and gym equipment for the little ones to play with. There was also a button-making station and performances from students of the Vela Academy of Movement. Carol singers, popcorn and craft-making opportunities were set up in the Wellness Room from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. There were also photo opportunities with Frosty the Snowman!
Close by, at the Galleria & Inlet Theatre, there were also refreshments (by donation), crafts to make, Celebrate the Season performances and visits with Santa Claus.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your CP Holiday Train experience.
TIP #1: It’s a fundraising event, so don’t forget to take some non-perishable food items or cash for the food bank. Also, give generously when “buying” your hot chocolate or popcorn. Funds raised at the Port Moody event benefit Share Family & Community Services.
TIP #2: There are a number of CP Holiday Train events each year. If you live close to one, check it out! And if you go to one in your own community, chances are you’ll see people you know. For the list of other locations in the Vancouver region, click CP Holiday Train in the Lower Mainland.
TIP #3: Advantages of going to the Port Moody event are that it lasts longer than other CP Holiday Train events, there is more to do and there are indoor activities as well as ones outside. The Port Moody event also features activities for young children.
TIP #4: A disadvantage of the Port Moody event is that it usually takes place early in the evening, which can mean fighting rush hour traffic to get there. Either plan to arrive early and do something beforehand, like grab a snack at a nearby restaurant or check out the rec centre facilities in case you arrive with time to spare, or take public transit. The Inlet Centre SkyTrain Station is just a 10-minute walk away.
TIP #5: It always seems to rain when the train is in town. If precipitation is in the forecast, don’t forget to take an umbrella and raincoat. And if it has rained at all in the previous couple of days, wear boots for the puddles and muddy terrain.
CP Holiday Train Video
Wondering what the train and one of the concerts looks like? Then check out this video of the train cars, lights and music at the event in Port Moody.
The concert and music featured in the video are with the Sam Roberts Band along with Kelly Prescott, Tracey Brown and Tyson Venegas, all of whom performed at the Port Moody event in 2018.
For more details about the Port Moody event, see the City of Port Moody‘s website.
For more information about the CP Holiday Train and its stops in other Lower Mainland locations, click CP Holiday Train in Vancouver.
To learn more about the area and other events in the community, click Port Moody.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s December Calendar
- Free December Events in Vancouver
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver Christmas Concerts
- Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar