Holiday Train arrives in the Shuswap on Dec. 14

The CP Rail Holiday Train will be making its annual stop in the Shuswap on Dec. 14. -File photo.

Music is rolling into town, literally, on Thursday, December 14 as the CP Holiday Train makes its annual visit to the Shuswap.

It’s truly a bit of holiday magic as the lights and sounds of Christmas fill the air. This year, the train decorations will be a blend of Christmas and Canada 150.

This year Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band are the featured artists. Doyle, iconic Newfoundland singer-songwriter, author, actor, and recipient of the Order of Canada, released his third solo album (A Week at the Warehouse) this fall and his second book, A Newfoundlander in Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home.

Doyle’s music and his deep emotive voice have made him a bedrock in the Canadian musical landscape as a founding member, vocalist, and songwriter of the band, Great Big Sea, and now as a successful solo-artist.

“Excited to be on the CP Holiday Train that’s raised over $13 million and four million lbs of food since ’99!” said Doyle on twitter.

This is the 19th year CP Rail has hosted this program designed to bring cheer to communities across Canada and the United States while helping local food banks.

“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” says Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “People come for the beautifully lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and great time.”

The event is free but people are asked to bring money and/or food donations. Please bring non-perishable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, and peanut butter. Remember to dress warmly.

The train is scheduled to roll in Salmon Arm at 8 p.m. and the show goes 8:15 – 8:45 pm by the Lordco gravel parking lot at 51 Lakeshore Dr.

Other stops include Sicamous, Silver Sand Road intersection, east of the draw bridge at 5:15 pm, (show from 5:30 – 6 pm), Canoe, 50th St. crossing 6:45 pm (show from 7 – 7:30 pm); and Notch Hill, across from the Notch Hill hall, 1639 Notch Hill Rd, 9:30 pm (show from 9:45- 10:15 pm).

All events take place on Thursday, Dec. 14.

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