Holiday Train Continues to Help Food Banks with Virtual Concert | Best Stories

A popular holiday classic is not making its appearance this year.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) — A popular holiday classic won’t be making its appearance this year.

Canadian Pacific says it has canceled the 2021 Holiday Train due to the pandemic.

A spokesperson said they still plan to continue their tradition of collecting donations for pantries. The Hunger Task Force is the local recipient of donations.

In years past, the holiday train has traveled to towns and villages across the country with a light display and live musical performances at every stop, but organizers have once again said they are changing the format due to of the pandemic.

December 18 is the date of a virtual concert broadcast live on the Canadian Pacific Railway Facebook page and Youtube channel in addition to The CPR website. They ask the audience to join the concert, donate online, or visit your local pantry to volunteer or donate.

Andy Cummings is media relations for the Canadian Pacific Railway and says music has always been a part of the holiday train tradition.

“This year will be no exception, we will have Canadian music pantheon, Stephen Page, well known for his work with the Bare Naked Ladies as well as the Strombellas at the helm of this star on the holiday train. a video on board the train, so the train is still on, it’s still available for these shows, we just don’t bring it from town to town. “

Since its inception in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised $ 19.4 million and donated nearly five million pounds of food to North American food banks.

The virtual concert will air on December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Central time. For complete programming, go to the Canadian Pacific Railway website.

Corina C. Butler