It’s the Annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Since 2001 the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising funds for food pantries across the United States with a boxcar stage, musical lineup and even visits with Santa. (The Holiday Train first started in 1999 in towns throughout Canada.) Trains decorated with thousands of Christmas lights will be pulling into over one hundred towns in seven states and Quebec raising awareness for local food pantries.

The northeast sector of the tour starts Friday, November 25 at Rouses Point Station at approximately 10:30 pm. Each stop is a little over a half hour. Each event does take place outside so dress warmly.  Some locations have vendors set up to sell hot refreshments but it is not something to count on. The focus is on the food pantries and making sure their shelves are stocked for winter. 

Crowds will be treated to live entertainment as well as a festively decorated train, free of charge. All that is asked is a donation to the local food pantry.  In addition to providing the gaily-lighted train and live bands, CP donates funds to each stop’s food bank.

Milwaukee native Willy Porter, known for a blending of folk/rock music is hosting the US portion of the tour. He has toured with Rickie Lee Jones, Tori Amos and The Cranberries.  A young folk singer from Ontario, Sydney Grigg, will open for Porter. Grigg recently released her debut EP, “A Perfect Kind of Bad.”

Local food banks will be collecting nonperishable food items and donations at each location so all the audience has to do is stand back and enjoy. 

So for whatever reason you are thankful, take an opportunity to kick off the holiday season with a lively concert outside a Holiday Train and a contribution to a food pantry. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

CP Holiday Train Schedule
Friday, November 25
10:30 p.m. Rouses Point Station
Saturday, November 26
9:00 p.m. Binghamton CP East Binghamton Rail Yard, Conklin Ave

Sunday, November 27
9:35 p.m. Saratoga Springs Amtrak Station
Monday, November 28
Fort Edward – 12:35 p.m., Amtrak Station
Whitehall – 2:20 p.m., Amtrak Station
Ticonderoga – 3:50 p.m., Pell's Crossing, Amtrak Waiting Area, Route 74 (Fort Ti Road)
Port Henry – 5:35 p.m., Amtrak Station, West side stop
Plattsburgh – 8:00 p.m., Amtrak Station

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.