The Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC - formerly known as Canadian Pacific) holiday train is coming to Airdrie and the surrounding areas this holiday season, and we know the dates!

According to the 2023 schedule, the holiday train will stop in Airdrie on Friday, December 8. The arrival time is 5:15 p.m., while the event will start at 5:45 p.m. and will run till 6 p.m. It will stop at Nose Creek Park (1641 Main Street) and this year's performers are the Canadian Band, Anyway Gang.

Last year, the holiday train re-started the much beloved North American tour after several years of being on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since the Holiday Train program launched in 1999, it's raised $22.4 million and collected 5.15 million pounds of food. Other stops in Alberta include Olds, Didsbury, Calgary, as well as Okotoks.

The CPKC Holiday train is coming and we know the dates of when it will be in our area! (Graphic credit to CPKC)The CPKC Holiday train is coming and we know the dates of when it will be in our area! (Graphic credit to CPKC)

The holiday train is one of the most popular events of the holiday season, but it is not the only one. Airdrie Parades has announced that on Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m., the annual Santa Claus Parade on Main Street is taking place, while the Airdrie Festival of Lights will begin one day prior at 6 till 9 p.m. on Friday, December 1 and run till December 31

Local holiday markets are also expected to be open throughout the holiday season. Local markets include the Airdrie Boys and Girls (BGC) Holiday Market (200 East Lake Crescent) on Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4, running from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. each day. Carstairs will also have a Christmas Market slightly earlier, on Saturday, November 18 at the Carstairs Community Hall - (1100 Lackner Way). According to the Town of Carstairs, donations will be accepted for the Carstairs Lions Christmas Hamper Program at the entrance.

As per the New Year, The City of Airdrie is planning to go ahead with its annual evening fireworks show on December 31. According to the city, a 15-minute firework display will be going ahead at 6:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park. This is a free, family event. 

Other local events are expected to be announced soon.

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