Holiday Train coming to Ashcroft Dec. 16

CP Holiday Train is bringing its festive lights and music on Dec. 16 to support the local food bank.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will embark on its three-week journey to raise money and awareness about hunger issues in Canada, beginning Nov. 28 in Beaconsfield, Quebec and finishing up in Port Moody, BC, on Dec. 17.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 it will visit Kamloops (North side of Interior Savings on Lorne St.) at 5:30 pm before heading off to Ashcroft for 8:30 pm in the CP yard next to the Fields store on Railway Ave.

The Holiday Train will be in Lytton the following day, Dec. 17, at 3:15 pm.

Entertainers this year on the Canadian train include Doc Walker, Miss Emily, and the Brothers Dube.

Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. With families continuing to turn to food banks, the need is always present. Items such as infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are in popular demand. Bring a non-perishable food item or money to this event to support your local food bank.

Representatives of the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Food Bank in Ashcroft will be on hand to accept donations of food or cash.

Each Holiday Train has 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED Christmas lights.