About CPR Holiday Train

The City of Brooks is fortunate to have a stop from the CPR Holiday Train in December. This stop is a great way to come together as a community and support the hungry in our communities and throughout North America. It is also a great place to stop and catch an amazing concert and outdoors experience unlike anything else in the holiday season!


Think of them as brightly-decorated railcars full of Christmas cheer. A fund-raiser for food banks in Canada and the U.S., our Holiday Trains -- one travels through Canada; the other in the U.S. -- have covered over 100,000 miles and raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 pounds of food since the program started in 1999. 


The Holiday Trains make stops in communities across our service area, offering free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar we've turned into a travelling stage. Over the three weeks of the program, the musicians on board the trains will play more than 150 free concerts from their boxcar stage. We've been lucky to feature the star talent of musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Great Big Sea, Melanie Doane, and Doc Walker. 


The concerts are free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within their local communities.