It's become somewhat of a Christmas Tradition for Airdrie families, as once again the CP Holiday Train made a stop in the city.

On December 9th, several train cars were lit up with bright colours and various Christmas displays including Santa, his Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

Although it was densely foggy and cold that afternoon, it didn't stop hundreds of local families from piling into the east end of Nose Creek Park to await the Christmas spectacle.

After a bit of a delay, those young and old noticed the bright light of the train's engine car slowly coming in, and before long, the rest of the Holiday Train made itself visible as the crowd cheered with joy.

When the train came to a complete stop, the real fun began as the main stage was lowered from the middle car, showcasing the Holiday Train band.

This band was joined by Canadian artists Kelly Prescott and Devin Cuddy who warmed the crowd up with well known Christmas tunes and a couple original pieces.

Despite all the colourful lights and rockin' Christmas music, the real spectacle of the show came when the Airdrie Food Bank was presented with a cheque for $7,000 from Canadian Pacific.

Have a look at some of the clips from the festivities of this year's Holiday Train visit.

Derek Craddock - [email protected]

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