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The CP Holiday Train will stop in Woodstock Nov. 29 at 199 Winniett Street

By Greg Colgan, Sentinel-Review

Little riders from the CP Holiday Train disembarked to dance and enjoy last years performance. The CP Holiday Train will once again visit Woodstock Nov. 29 from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m. Megan Stacey/Woodstock Sentinel-Review/Postmedia Network file photo

Little riders from the CP Holiday Train disembarked to dance and enjoy last years performance. The CP Holiday Train will once again visit Woodstock Nov. 29 from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m. Megan Stacey/Woodstock Sentinel-Review/Postmedia Network file photo

WOODSTOCK - 

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making a stop in the Friendly City later this month.

The festive and lit up train will stop at 199 Winniett Street Nov. 29 when it’ll arrive at 6:40 p.m. The entertainment show begins at 6:50 and continues until 7:10 p.m. before heading to its next stop.

The Holiday Train passing through Woodstock will feature Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame and also Devin Cuddy and country singer Kelly Prescott.

“We stop at as many communities as we can along our rail lines,” CP media relations advisor Mallory McCredie said in a phone interview. “This year we’re visiting 182 communities between Canada and the northern part of the US where we have track. We try to hit as many communities as we can in that three week period.”

The train’s an annual tradition for many families and communities. While people are able to take in the entertainment, it’s also an opportunity for local food banks to receive donations for the holiday season.

“That’s the main point of this program is to raise money and food for local organizations. Every bit of money and food that’s raised in the community stays in the community,” McCredie said.

“We want people to be giving thoughtful, healthy and nourishing items to the food bank for people who need them,” she added.

During the CP Holiday Train’s 19-year ride, the event has raised more than $13 million and four million pounds of food for various communities, an Oct. 18 release on CP’s website stated.

The train has 13 rail cars and a locomotive that are hard to miss as each are decked out in full holiday gear and brightly lit.

The program launched in 1999 and features two trains - one Canadian and the other American - making quick stops to 182 communities this year, the CP release wrote.

Both trains start their journey in Montreal, Quebec, with the Canadian train beginning Nov. 26 and the American Nov. 25. The American train will be passing through Woodstock and continue through southwestern Ontario, the American midwest and end in southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta.

There are several ways to track the CP Holiday Train via CP’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with the hashtags #Canada150 and #CPHolidayTrain. CP will also have a Capture the Spirit photo contest with people encouraged to take photos as participants eligible to win a ride on the 2018 Holiday Train and a $1,000 donation to their local food bank.

The train has continued to be a way for towns and cities along the route to celebrate the holiday season.

McCredie said it’s an event that has people waiting each year to see if their town will have a stop along the train’s journey.

“The response is incredible… People genuinely look for it and want to know when it’s coming to the community, who’s performing and which food bank is benefiting. There’s quite a crazed following that’s on top of it.”

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