Canadian Pacific Holiday Train 2018 – Calgary & Southern Alberta

December 7, 2018

December 13, 2018

Free, Donation to local Food Bank

Various locations, Southern Alberta

Website

Events Description

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program is returning to the rails for the 20th year to raise money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the United States.

Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

Free, Donations to local food bank appreciated.

For Central Alberta, see here

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Schedule 2018 – Calgary Area & Southern Alberta

Medicine Hat – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 | 4:15 PM Show (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM) @ Queen & North Railway Street, East of CP Station

Tilley – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 | 6:30 PM (Show: 6:40 PM – 7:05 PM) @  Southeast side of crossing at Highway 876

Brooks – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 |  7:45 PM (Show: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM) @ 1 Avenue, rear of Civic building

Gleichen – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 |  9:55 PM  (Show: 9:55 PM – 10:30 PM) @ Field adjacent to CP track along Railway Street at 2 Avenue *Stop and Go

Calgary – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 6:45 PM (Show: 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ) @ Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot

Didsbury –  Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 3:50 PM (Show: 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM) @ 20 Street and 18 Avenue

Airdrie – Performers: Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 5:30 PM (Show: 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM) @ Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks

Cochrane – Performers: Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 2:45 PM (Show: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ) @ Between River and 4 Street, behind the Provincial building

Morley – Performers: Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 4:15 PM (Show: 4:25 PM – 4:45 PM) @  Adjacent to the Morley Gas Station

Canmore – Performers: Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 5:45 PM (Show: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM) @ Behind the Save On Foods

Banff – Performers: Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 7:00 PM (Show: 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM) @ CP Train Station

5 Tips for your trip!

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  1. Massey Jones

    The map above is in error and shows last year’s location.

    The proper address this year for the 2016 Holiday Train, is 11015 Anderson Station Way (corner Anderson Road & Macleod Trail)
    The train will be located between the station itself and the Anderson Road overpass.
    Parking is available.
    The train usually arrives just a bit earlier than advertised (@ 6:30pm).

    November 26, 2016 at 3:23 AM
    1. todocanada (Listing owner)

      Thank you! The website does not state exact address: just Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot. Time as per website is 06:45 PM.
      We do not know to which side the stage with the performers opens.

      November 26, 2016 at 6:56 AM
  2. Massey Jones

    Let me enlighten your readers.

    The train will specifically be parked between Anderson Station and the overpass (trains go underneath), near where the buses enter the Anderson Garage. See it on Google maps and look specifically for the tracks which enter the car barn. It’s directly opposite.

    There is plenty of crowd, so arrive early, to secure a parking spot.
    The train usually shows up a bit earlier than advertised (about 6:30 instead of 6:45). As it comes into view, the train blows the horn

    The entertainment will always be facing the parking lot, the other side is the garage, the listing owner asked the question and it’s answered here..

    People can walk the entire length on the train on the parking lot side, the other side is a secure area for Calgary Transit.

    The area is “moderately lit” but not quite around the locomotive but there is enough Transit security around that things are perfectly safe, even to proceeding right to the front of the locomotive. There is a fence between the train and the parking lot and no one will be allowed inside the fence (patrolled by the CPR police).

    There are lots of people taking pictures in and around the locomotive.
    Alternate places to see the train if you stay at a hotel on Macleod Trail, is at the Chinook Station LRT crossing, the crossing at Heritage Station (as well as a pedestrian overpass by the station as well as from a parking lot opposite Southland LRT station, where the train will be passing by shortly, before its final stop at Anderson Station and then, backing up by there, to get back to the CPR Alyth Yard after the show.

    There is free admission but the Calgary Food bank is there to collect either canned and dry food (pasta etc.) or cash. 100% of donations go to the Calgary Food Bank. The trucks will be located in the parking lot (which is very well lit)

    On a scale of 5, it’s a solid 5, especially for kids.
    Dress warm. There may be coffee/hot chocolate available from food trucks.

    Following the show, the train will then back into Alyth Yard.

    November 27, 2016 at 6:52 PM
    1. todocanada (Listing owner)

      Thank you for taking time to give all the pertinent information about the Calgary event.

      November 27, 2016 at 7:32 PM
  3. Massey Jones

    In case you decide to go, the temperature during the CPR Holiday Train in Calgary, will be -28C.
    For US citizens, -19F. That’s 19 below zero so dress warmly.

    I mentioned earlier pictures IN the locomotive. No such but plenty of pictures can be taken in front of the loco and hundreds of people take photos of the kids this way.
    The area there is not as well lit as the parking lot but there is lots of security around and they let people take pictures, provoding that there is no abuse.

    The entertainment meanwhile takes place in a converted boxcar, mid-train.

    If you are mostly interested in the lights, the train in the parking lot is not an area as desirable as being along the track , I suggest the overpass at the Heritage LRT station, because the train will be close to a fence and crowds will gather around that fence at the Anderson station final stop.

    While the train in on the road between Alyth CPR yard and Anderson station, music will be coming from the train (has in the past), so video is strongly encouraged along the track, also as the train arrives. The arrival will be covered live by at least one of the 3 Calgary broadcasters and aired at the end of the 6 o’clock news. In past years on Global Calgary (Shaw cable 7 or equivalent in a hotel)

    Again dress warm, particularly for feet as you will be standing in snow or ice.
    Also factor the wind, which will make it several degeees colder.

    December 6, 2016 at 5:55 AM

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