The date has been announced for the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train’s annual appearance in Estevan.
The train will roll into Estevan on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m., and the performance will run from 3:15-3:45 p.m. It will stop east of CP station and face Seventh Street.
The Trews and Willy Porter will be performing Christmas carols for the local fans.
Earlier in the day, the train will cross into Canada at North Portal at 11:45 a.m. The North Portal performance will be 12:00-12:30 p.m.
And once it is finished in Estevan, the train will continue onto Weyburn for a performance that evening. The Weyburn show will be the train’s final stop.
CP Rail has both Canadian and U.S. versions of the train. The U.S. version, which will be the one stopping in Estevan, will depart Montreal on Nov. 25; the Canadian version leaves Montreal two days later.
The trains entertain hundreds of thousands of people each year, and collect food and funds for food banks across North America. This year marks its 20th edition.
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP's routes in Canada and the United States.
The year the trains will stop in 164 communities along CP's network. Each event is free, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities.
Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this Christmas season.
“On behalf of the 13,000-strong family here at CP, it is my great pleasure to kick off the 20th tour of the CP Holiday Train," said Keith Creel, CP's president and chief executive officer. "It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network.”
CP is also encouraging fans of the train to donate heart-healthy food, as everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food, regardless of circumstances. This supports the mission of CP Has Heart, a program dedicated to improving the heart health of men, women and children in North America.
To date, this program has raised over C$15 million for cardiac care and research.
“We are delighted to see the CP Holiday Train travelling across the country again supporting food banks for the 20th year in a row," said Chris Hatch, Food Banks Canada's chief executive officer. "The role that CP plays goes beyond collecting food and raising funds, as they also help Food Banks Canada transport food across the country through our national food sharing system. For that we are truly grateful."
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Train, CP will release 20 festive songs by artists that have toured on the train over the past 20 years. For 20 days beginning Nov. 25, fans can visit the CP Holiday Train playlist on Spotify for a free song to stream.
People visiting the Holiday Train are encouraged to take photos and enter CP's Capture the Spirit photo contest. Participants could win a trip aboard the 2019 CP Holiday Train and a $1,000 donation to their local food bank.