- 5 to 10 p.m. = Throughout the evening, you can expect to see entertainment on the Aspen Crossing Stage; including a greeting from 2020 Calgary Stampede Royalty.
- 5 tp 10 p.m. = Hot dogs, hot chocolate, and other treats will be available all night. *Minimum $1 donation for each hot dog.
- 5 to 10 p.m. = Enjoy performances from local talent, Rozella and Friends, and Generation Country in the Gleichen Community Centre.
- 6 to 9 p.m. = Hop aboard a free horse drawn wagon ride between 6 and 9 p.m. Explore Gleichen and take a trip through history as you get into the Christmas spirit! Join the immersive historical experience by downloading the On This Spot app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
- 6:30 to 9 p.m. = First Nations stories in the Re/Max tent.
- 8 to 9 p.m. = Join us for a journey through the constellations during a night sky story walk. Explore how different cultures interpret the night sky. You'll see Orion in a whole new way!
- 7:30 p.m. = Would you like to meet the 2020 Calgary Stampede Royalty? On December 18, you'll have the chance to meet Kelcey Moore, Calgary Stampede Queen, Janelle Mackenzie, Calgary Stampede Princess, Madeline Kerkovius, Calgary Stampede Princess, and Falon Manywounds, First Nations Princess. Read more about the Stampede Royalty.
- 9:40 p.m. = The moment we will all have waited for! The CP Holiday Train will stop and lower it's stage on the north side of the tracks. Enjoy performances by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott.
Admission is free but remember to bring a canned, commercially packaged, or jarred heart-healthy food donation!
Saving the best for last. CP Holiday Train from Chicago to Gleichen/Siksika is becoming a must-attend event for the holiday season.
The CP Holiday Train made its first stop to Gleichen and Siksika on its American Line during the holiday season of 2018 and the attendance for the stop surpassed everyone’s expectations. With approximately 2,000 people awaiting its arrival, the event showcases what regional collaboration can do when passionate communities and organizations partner up to welcome in a new event opportunity.
The CP Holiday Train is returning to Gleichen/Siksika this year and expectations are high to play host again to the uniquely themed, lit train ribboning its way across the prairies. At the scheduled stop, spectators will await the musical performances by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott. The Gleichen/Siksika event is the final stop of the CP Holiday Train’s journey which will begin in Chicago weeks before. The CP Holiday Train is expected to stop in Gleichen at 9:40 p.m. on December 18, 2019.
“The real magic of this event is the groups and communities involved and working together to host the CP Holiday Train,” says Wheatland County Reeve, Amber Link. “It provides Wheatland County the opportunity to work with Siksika First Nation, which allows us to continue to grow our relationship and understand Siksika’s community organizations and vice versa. The collaboration with this event expands the working relationships into other projects and increased communication to support each community’s goals. We appreciate CP providing our region this event to work with Siksika and our community groups in the Wheatland County region.”
“The CP Holiday Train is a program that our 13,000-strong CP family has immense pride in bringing to communities every year. Access to nutritious food is a basic necessity, and food bank usage is on the rise across North America. The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.” - Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. The Holiday Train has now raised more than C$15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999.
Event plans are now underway and updates will be posted on the Wheatland County’s Facebook and Twitter feeds (@wheatlandcounty), and wheatlandcounty.ca.
About Gleichen and Wheatland County
The Canadian Pacific Railway reached Siding No. 11, now the Hamlet of Gleichen, in 1883. By the 1920's, Gleichen was a thriving town of over 1,000 people. In the early '30s, Gleichen installed the first pressure irrigation system in North America. The town was the centre of a dynamic grain and irrigation agriculture industry.
Wheatland County has a population of 8,788 residents. Our proud heritage of independence and hard work shows in our farms and ranches - and our pride in the past is still evident. Our work ethic and dedicated stewardship of the land, once primarily agricultural, is now our strengths we look forward to the future. Continuing growth and development in agribusiness, oil and gas and manufacturing will add a vibrant entrepreneurial outlook.
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