Known to draw crowds in past years, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will roll back into Chatham in December for the first time since 2019.
The brightly-lit vehicle will make its way near the parking lot behind the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the John D. Bradley Convention Center on Richmond Street Dec. 1 at 2:30 pm
The event will go on from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm, featuring music from Canadian country music performers Lindsay Ell and Jojo Mason. The train will head to Windsor once the event concludes.
Although it’s a free performance, organizers will collect non-perishable food or cash to be donated to local food banks. In previous years, CP has also made monetary donations to Outreach for Hunger.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live Holiday Train in Canada was canceled in 2020 and 2021. Instead, CP held virtual events.
“The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need,” Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief executive officer, said in a release.
“We are excited to be back out on the rails and in our communities, taking these two beautiful trains across our network and sharing the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”
Performers in recent years have included Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea and Sam Roberts Band.