The CP Holiday Train is an annual tradition that travels Canada and the northern United States during the holiday season. This festive train, adorned with thousands of colourful lights and decorations, travels through communities, spreading cheer and collecting donations for local food banks. Spectators can expect a dazzling display of holiday-themed decorations, live musical performances by popular artists, and an atmosphere filled with joy.
One of the core elements of the CP Holiday Train is its commitment to supporting communities in need. During each stop, the train encourages attendees to bring non-perishable food items or make monetary donations to help stock local food banks. The holiday train serves as a catalyst for a charitable food drive, aiming to alleviate hunger and support families during the holiday season. The collective contributions of attendees, combined with CP’s matching donations, significantly impact these community food banks and support those who require assistance.
Families and individuals attending the CP Holiday Train experience not only the joy of the season but also the fulfillment of giving back to their communities. The combination of entertainment, charitable giving, and the spirit of togetherness makes the CP Holiday Train a heartwarming and memorable tradition for all involved.
the CP Rail Holiday Train Concerts
In addition to driving through cities all decked out in glowing lights, the exciting part is when the CP Holiday Train pulls to a stop and the special box car converts into a stage! Each concert is about half an hour!
Train Stop Schedule for 2023
You can view the complete CP Holiday Train schedule online, but we’ve done all the research for you and listed the local tops below.
CP Holiday Train Hamilton Stop Times
|Arrival Day||November 22, 2023|
|Event Start At||8:00PM|
|Event End At||8:30PM|
|Address||Railway tracks across from Gage Park, 42 Lawrence Road|
Milton Stop – CP Holiday Train
|Arrival Day||November 22, 2023|
|Event Start At||5:00PM|
|Event End At||5:30PM|
|Address||Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Center West Parking Lot, 5234 Kelso Road|
Cambridge Stop CP Holiday Train
|Arrival Day||November 23, 2023|
|Event Start At||4:15PM|
|Event End At||4:45PM|
|Address||Old Galt train station, 10 Malcolm Street|
CP Holiday Train Toronto Times
|Arrival Day||November 28, 2023|
|Event Start Time||8:30PM|
|Event End Time||9:00PM|
|Address||750 Runnymede Road, CP Yard Office parking lot|
Tips for the Canadian Pacific CP Holiday Train
#1 – Don’t forget your food bank donation! The goal of the CP Holiday Train is to collect donations for food banks. I’m thrilled to report that since 1999, over $21 million and 5 million pounds of food have been collected across North America.
#2 – Make sure you arrive early. Parking is usually a bit of a walk from the main event area, and you don’t want to miss the train pulling in!
#3 – The Train is fun whatever the weather, but it always seems to rain either just before we go or on the day of. Warm jackets are a must, but don’t forget those rain boots!
#4 – Take something to sit on/in. We learned early on to take some chairs for us oldies, but also our wagon or chairs for the littles. See #3 – the ground is usually wet, so blankets don’t always work.
#5 – Snacks/games/glowsticks! With the train coming in after dark the kids don’t get to run around a lot, but will still need entertainment while you wait! The dollar store is a great source of light-up toys and games and bonus you’ll see your kids as they roam around!
More Information and Complete Schedule
You can find more stops, all throughout Canada and the United States, here on the CP Holiday Train website.