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Holiday train is coming to town! - Posted: Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 05:17 pm
CP Rail's Holiday Train will pull into Didsbury on Tuesday, December 11th, as part of their pre-Christmas tour of Alberta and efforts to raise food and money for community food banks.

As in years past, two trains will operate coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner, with approximately 150 shows held in November and December.It will arrive in Didsbury around 3:50 pm on December 11th at the Didsbury Train Station. After about half an hour of singing and visiting, around 4:30 pm the train will head south to Airdrie and then spend Saturday in Calgary.

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.

"It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network," said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. "I want to personally thank each individual who has made a donation over the past 20 years - your collective efforts have made the Holiday Train a huge success for two decades."

The Holiday Train wouldn't be as successful at raising hunger awareness if it weren't for dedicated community volunteers and members of the media. And when the train arrives in towns and cities, it's all worth it.

This year, Kelly Prescott will join three time Juno award-winner Terri Clark and Sierra Noble to spread holiday cheer right here in Didsbury!

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Terri Clark, the 3-time JUNO Award winner holds the honour of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Terri has received 19 CCMA Awards and is the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

"I had such a wonderful time on the US leg of the CP Holiday Train last year," says Clark, "and I'm so excited for this experience again. Seeing the smiling faces, holiday spirit, and people giving back to their own communities is an amazing thing to be a part of and witness."

For newcomers to Didsbury, here's what happens: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd at the Train Station downtown. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off to the next stop.

It's all free, but please bring healthy food options or a monetary donation for your local food bank.

Please come with donations for the Mountain View Food Bank. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.

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