The Holiday Train pulled into Portage la Prairie Dec. 4, a few minutes later than scheduled, but right on time to add Christmas cheer to the many hundreds that came to be a part of the annual celebration.

To many, the arrival of the CP Holiday Train is the beginning of the Christmas season and as usual, didn’t disappoint.

Three-time Juno award winner Albertan Terri Clark anchored this year’s entertainment on the train as it rolled through Manitoba. Clark was joined by Winnipeg’s own Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott who hails from Toronto.

The free event also has a serious side: the train helps collect money and food for the local food banks in communities it stops in.

CP always encourages attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities.

“The Salvation Army has been in Portage for over a 125 years helping our community and our citizens,” said Portage la Prairie Mayor Irvine Ferris. “This is great, we have over a thousand people out helping the Salvation Army and having the Holiday Train come and make a huge gift to our community is just great.”