The CP Holiday Train will stop in Fernie and Sparwood on Dec. 13.

An extended stop for Santa with the Holiday Train

Dec. 13, marks the arrival of the CP Holiday Train to the Elk Valley.

Dec. 13, marks the arrival of the CP Holiday Train to the Elk Valley.  The Holiday Train is a bi-annual event, bringing high levels of excitement and anticipation.  This year will be even greater, as the Art Station and the Elk Valley Hospice got together and asked Santa to remain in Fernie for a photo session after the train leaves town.

Santa Claus has agreed to stay at the Fernie Arts Station for an extra 45 minutes after the holiday train departs.  He will of course catch up to the train before its next stop.  Santa will be set up inside the Arts Station to visit with Fernie residents.  The Elk Valley Hospice will be there to capture pictures of each visit with Santa.

Each year the brightly lit train carries famous musicians, along with Santa, from the east coast across the country.  The train alternates between the northern line and southern each year, because of course, Santa cannot be in two places at once.  This year when the train pulls up behind the Leisure Sentre in Sparwood and the Arts Station in Fernie, the side of the box car will open as always.  And as usual, donations will be collected for the food bank.

The performers this year will be singer/songwriter of iconic/country rock band Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, his musician son Devin Cuddy, as well as Kelly Prescott.  The event is great fun for all ages.  Make sure to dress warm, be on time, and in Fernie bring your smile and wish list for Santa.

For more information on the CP Holiday Train visit Cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada.  And for more information about photos with Santa find the Elk Valley Hospice on Facebook.