CALGARY — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has canceled all of its stops in Wisconsin this year, replacing the popular tour with a virtual concert and plans on still donating to food banks along the route.
The modified program still aims to draw attention to food insecurity, and plans on donating to all the food banks along the route in the U.S. and Canada that the Holiday Train usually visits in a normal year.
The Holiday Train stops are notable for their decorated trains and the concerts they host at local food banks. This year, CP plans on still producing a benefit concert - albeit virtually - with more details to come.
“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel in a news release Thursday. “It is our honor to continue to donate to communities across our network this year, even if the train itself will not run. The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through our virtual concert. We will have the Holiday Train rolling again spreading Christmas cheer as soon as it’s safe to do so!”
Since its launch in 1999, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has raised $17.8 million and collected 4.8 million pounds of food, according to the company.
CP plans to resume the Holiday train tour in 2021.