The C. P. R. Holiday Train Coming Soon!


2483855_origWhat’s a Holiday Train event like?

A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.  The whole event lasts about 30 minutes, and once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop.


What should I bring?

We encourage donations that support healthy food options, and suggest that you check with your local foodbank or food pantry to find out what their wish list includes. Check out our Healthy Donations campaign to learn more about supporting your healthy community.

Are Holiday Train events free?

Yes! We only ask that you bring a food or monetary donation to your local food bank/pantry, which will be on site taking collections.


Merrickville 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street 4:45 PM 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott
Smiths Falls Smith Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St. 6:20 PM 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott
Perth Railway Crossing on South Side of Wilson Street 7:40 PM 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott



North Pole Express

Mark your calendars on Saturday, December 5th when Santa roles into the station!

Bring the whole family down and celebrate the North Pole Express at the Railway Museum. Get ready to hop aboard our very own Christmas caboose for a ride along the snowy tracks. During your journey, meet some of the characters from the North Pole, then come inside and warm up with some of Mrs. Claus’ famous treats and hot chocolate. Decorate your own ornament to bring home.

Keep an eye out for Santa who will be arriving by train to meet all the good girls and boys. Polar Express festivities run from 1pm to 5 pm. Santa arrives at 1:30 pm. Photos with Santa start at 2 pm. Train rides run from 2:00 – 4 pm. Tickets are $5/ person; children 4 & under are free.

The museum gift shop will be open for all your last-minute Christmas gifts. Stop by and pick up some unique items for your favourite train enthusiast.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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