PHOTOS: CP Holiday Train pays Ponoka a visit

For the third straight year, Ponoka turns out in droves for Holiday Train performance

Photos by Jordie Dwyer

For the third straight year, Ponoka turns out in droves for Holiday Train performance

 

The 2018 Alberta version of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train slowly rolls into Ponoka for the afternoon performance on Dec. 9, marking the special train’s 20th anniversary tour.

Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble perform a few Christmas songs to warm up the crowd as the opening act on the CP Holiday Train Dec. 9 during its stop in Ponoka.

Canadian country music superstar Terri Clark, who is a Medicine Hat native, was the featured performer on this leg of the CP Holiday Train for 2018.

Winnipeg native Sierra Noble shows off her fiddle playing talent while performing at the Ponoka stop of the CP Holiday Train Dec. 9.

Along with the CP Holiday Train performance Dec. 9, there were other activities going on before its arrival including Santa Claus paying visits to various children that were attending the festivities.

The Ponoka Lions Club members volunteered at the Dec. 9 CP Holiday Train event to collect food donations for the Ponoka Food Bank, loading the donations onto its bus for transport.

The crowd for the Ponoka performance of the CP Holiday Train Dec. 9 was huge and reportedly the biggest crowd of the day.

Kent ? with the Ponoka Food Bank accepts a $4,000 donation from Canadian Pacific, represented by one of its locomotive engineers as Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett looks on.

This year’s decorations on the CP Holiday Train included winter sports themes with a ski jumping snowman and some hockey players.

Terri Clark had the crowd dancing to many of the Christmas and other tunes during the Dec. 9 CP Holiday Train stop in Ponoka.

Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott really got into the spirit of the season and pumped up the big Ponoka crowd at the Dec. 9 CP Holiday Train performance.

CP employees were also out and about during the Holiday Train show, passing out candy canes to the hundreds of children out for the occasion.

Terri Clark was welcomed with cheers by the large Ponoka crowd at the Dec. 9 CP Holiday Train stop and had the all rocking to one of the songs off her latest album called Raising the Bar.

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