Saturday November 30, 2013
I have become a huge fan of the CP Holiday Train and we now make this one of our newest Christmas traditions. Normally, we catch the train as it passes close to home, either Cambridge or Ayr, but this year I am so tempted to catch it as it makes an epic stop in Hamilton. So why make the drive to Hamilton.. check out this live show they have lined up!
Tom Cochrane! Great Big Sea! Natalie McMaster! Yes folks, ALL THREE of these amazing Canadian artists will headline the train stop at Hamilton’s Gage Park on Saturday, November 30th making this one heck of a party!And there’s more! CBC nightly news anchor Peter Mansbridge will be hosting the kick-off of the event at 4pm by officially opening The North Pole Station. This features a variety of family-oriented events including ice carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage.
Don’t Forget Your Food Bank Donation!
This is an annual tradition in Hamilton and while the event is free to attend, people are strongly encouraged to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and everything collected at each show stays in the community for local distribution.
The Hamilton Holiday Train event is extra special and is one of only three of these star-studded concert events happening across North America where Canadian Pacific has added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
Tips on How to Get there and Where to Park
Gage Park is well serviced by regular HSR transit service. For the CP Holiday Train on Saturday, November 30th, there are few options available to transit users:
• Route 1-KING operates every 7.5 minutes during the day and 15 minutes in the early evening. Please note that route 1 only services the north side of Gage Park. Coming from downtown, customers can get off on Main, in between Gage and East Bend but will have a slight walk to the south side of the park. Going to downtown, customers would have to walk to Main/King or King/Gage to board a bus.
• Route 5-DELAWARE operates every 10 minutes during the day and early evening. Route 5 does service the south side of the Park. Prior to the event, or upon conclusion of the event, customers would be able to board/alight transit buses on Lawrence Road at the Rosedale Lawn Bowling Club. However, during the event buses are detoured due to the closure of Lawrence Road via Main Street and King Street. Customers would have to board buses at Maplewood and Gage during these times.
The cash fare for HSR buses is $ 2.55. For families travelling to/from the event, a day pass is the best option. A $ 9 day pass entitles up to 2 adults and 4 children unlimited riding on the day the pass is activated. Please check the HSR website for more details at: www.hamilton.ca/HSR
To learn more about the CP Holiday Train visit their website at: http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/Default.aspx
Tom Cochrane: http://www.tomcochrane.com/
Great Big Sea: http://www.greatbigsea.com/
Natalie McMaster: http://www.nataliemacmaster.com/