The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program is returning to the rails for a 21st year to raise money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the United States. The train will roll into Weyburn on Monday, Dec. 16.
The train arrives around 5:45 p.m., and the stage show will begin at 6 p.m. The performers this year will include Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott.
Meghan is a country singer-songwriter from Bowmanville, Ont., who released her debut album in April of 2016.
Tanika is a soul and rhythm-and-blues singer who also had her debut album released in 2016. She was originally from Edmonton but is now based in Toronto.
Kelly is a veteran of the CP Holiday Train, and is a third-generation country-roots singer and songwriter.
The trains started out from Montreal, Quebec, on Nov. 25 and 26, respectively, with two trains making the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to many communities along CP’s network. Weyburn will be seeing the U.S. train as it comes up through North Portal and Estevan.
Each event is completely free, with CP encouraging every attendee to open their cupboards or wallets to ease hunger needs in their community. Donations for the Weyburn Salvation Army’s food bank will be accepted at the stop to ensure those less fortunate can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.
The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.
Unlike in past years when Weyburn was the end of the line for the U.S. train, this train will go on from here to Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Maple Creek, finishing up on Dec. 18.