FINCH — CP’s ‘Holiday Train’ is set to make a daytime whistle-stop in Finch again this year.
Lit-up for the season, the Christmas-themed-and-decorated train will roll into the hamlet at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. Fifteen minutes later, a stage will open out of the side of boxcar to feature Dallas Smith and the Odds with a medley of Yuletide tunes lasting half an hour. Expect the performers to wave from the caboose as the train resumes its westward journey across the country at 3:15 p.m.
A similar scene played out in Finch last year, when the Holiday Train made its North Stormont Township debut after years of lobbying by Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey.
The local show will play out in front of fans gathered on James Street, behind the North Stormont Arena, and the adjacent field area.
Finch is one of 150 stops on the annual tour involving two trains operating coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner. The train that operates primarily through the U.S. will launch in the Montreal area on Nov. 25, while the all-Canada train’s first shows will come a day later, also in Montreal. The U.S. train will complete its final shows in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15, and the final show of the tour will take place Dec. 17 at Port Coquitlam, B.C.
“We are very excited about this year’s CP Holiday Train and are encouraging all event attendees to bring healthy, nutritious food items to the shows,” said Pam Jolliffe, Interim Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “For the last two decades, CP has played an integral role in raising essential food for the holidays and in raising awareness of hunger-related issues.”
Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community. Last year’s collection at the Finch site went to the Dundas County Food Bank, which also serves North Stormont.