Airdrie will once again be a destination for the CP Holiday Train Dec. 7.
The train will stop at Nose Creek Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free to attend but non-perishable food and cash donations will be accepted for the Airdrie Food Bank (AFB).
The food bank will also receive a donation from CP, according to Quinn Donaldson, AFB general manager. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised more than $13 million and four million pounds of food for communities across North America.
“The donation from CP definitely goes a long way to supporting our program. We do usually collect some funds and food but it’s a great time to kind of bring community together and enjoy some music,” Donaldson said.
Canadian musicians Colin James and Emma-Lee will be performing from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
“They open up the side of the train car – it’s all lit up in holiday lights and Christmas lights – and then they perform for a little bit and then they close up and they move on to their next stop,” she said.
Nose Creek Park is usually packed with spectators and there is limited parking, so the City of Airdrie is offering free shuttle rides to hopefully alleviate traffic congestion. Shuttles will leave City Hall on Main Street every seven minutes from 5 to 6:03 p.m. and return shuttles will leave Nose Creek Park every seven minutes from 6:10 to 7 p.m.
“There can be a lot of traffic and it can be pretty busy so that’s a great alternative for people so they don’t have to fight the traffic,” Donaldson said. “Last year it was very cold. We still had a great turnout but we’re still hoping for some warmer weather.”
Attendees are encouraged to check out the Airdrie Festival of Lights following the event, which is located at Nose Creek Park and opens at 6 p.m.
“We hope to see everyone out. It’s a great family outing. It’s free to everyone in the community. It’s great to come out and get into the holiday spirit,” Donaldson said. “The food bank is very fortunate that we have the community that we do. We receive a great deal of support that we really appreciate and it really just allows us to help and support those in our community all year round.”
For more information about the CP Holiday Train, visit cpr.ca