2023 CPKC Holiday Train

The City of Port Moody is hosting family-friendly activities on Monday, December 18, 2023 from 5:20pm to 7:30pm to celebrate the arrival of the CPKC Holiday Train

The celebration kicks off outdoors with live music and a roaring bonfire behind the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Inside the Rec Complex, join us for play time in the gym, spin art in the wellness room, and much more. Visit with Santa Claus in the Civic Centre Galleria and enjoy a Holiday Spectacular performance in the Inlet Theatre. All activities are free. 

“The Holiday Train is a tradition in Port Moody, and we’re excited to invite the community to come and celebrate with us,” said Mayor Meghan Lahti. “It’s a wonderful chance to take a break from our busy lives and think about what’s truly important in life, such as time spent with family, friends, and neighbours. If you can, I encourage you to bring a donation to help local families in need. SHARE Family and Community Services will be gratefully accepting cash or healthy food items, and your generous donations will stay right here in the Tri-Cities.” 


CPKC Holiday Train
5:20-6:15pm behind the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Road)
Same train, different name – now in its 25th year! The CPKC Holiday Train will arrive decked out in thousands of holiday lights at 5:20pm, with live performances starting at 5:45pm from Tyler Shaw and Kiesza. The CPKC Holiday Train travels across Canada during the holiday season to raise food and cash donations for local food banks. CPKC is the combination of two historic railways – Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS). CPKC is the first and only transnational rail network in North America, moving essential goods across a 20,000-mile network throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. 

Bonfire and holiday music
5:30-7:30pm, behind the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Road)
Cozy up next to a roaring bonfire, listen to live music, and grab a cup of hot chocolate, a bowl of chili, or a hot dog. Please note that all food and beverages are available by donation. Our entertainment line-up is as follows: Abegail Avram from 5:30-5:45pm and 6:15-6:30pm, École Moody Middle School of the Arts Choir from 6:30-7pm, and Newport Brass from 7-7:30pm. Visit with Port Moody volunteer firefighters and Port Moody Police. Help make the holidays a little brighter for local families in need – stop by the SHARE Food Truck and drop off a donation (cash or non-perishable food items gratefully accepted) for SHARE Family and Community Services 


Play time and button making
5:30-7:30pm, Port Moody Recreation Complex Gymnasium (300 Ioco Road)
If you have little ones with energy to burn, bring them to the gym to play with all kinds of toys, balls, and gym equipment. When it’s time for a break, make a holiday button at our button-making station. 

Music, spin art, craft, and festive tattoos
5:30-7:30pm, Port Moody Recreation Complex Wellness Room (300 Ioco Road)
Sing along to your holiday favourites with Tom and Zaya! There's lots for kids to do, including spin art, festive tattoos, and colouring. Use your creativity and wildlife-friendly materials to create fun and celebratory ornaments to hang in a designated decorating space in Pioneer Memorial Park (275 Knowle Street).    


Craft, face-painting, and Santa Claus
5:30-7:30pm, Civic Centre Galleria (100 Newport Drive)
Join us for free activities for the little ones – they can enjoy getting creative at our craft and colouring station and have their face painted. Visit with the one and only Santa Claus and stop by the Operation Lifesaver table. Operation Lifesaver educates Canadians on how to stay safe around rail property and trains. 

Holiday Spectacular performance
6:30-6:50pm, Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Drive)
Let performers from Vela Academy of Movement entertain you! Enjoy singing and dancing – and learn a few moves so you can join the party – in a spectacular celebration of the season. 

Please dress for the weather, as many of the activities listed here will take place outdoors. Parking at the Recreation Complex will be extremely limited. Please consider leaving your car at home and walking or taking public transit instead.