The CP Holiday Train was literally lit up like a Christmas tree, with flashing and other lights from end to end, to the delight of a large crowd gathered at its stop in Ponoka Dec. 6. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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A youngster waiting for the CP Holiday Train to show Dec. 6 holds onto his Canada 150 lightstick while being a little skeptical of the offer of free hot chocolate from the Ponoka Lions Club. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

A helper with the Ponoka Lions Club places a bag of food donations into a box before loading it on the club’s bus. The club was collecting the donations for the Ponoka Food Bank prior to the CP Holiday Train arrival Dec. 6. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Emma Lee, a Toronto-based singer, performs one of three Christmas songs during her set from the CP Holiday Train stop in Ponoka Dec. 6. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Reknown Canadian musician Colin James was the star attraction at the CP Holiday Train performance Dec. 6, which along with the warmer than average temperatures combined to draw a large crowd to the downtown site. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Dean Hill, left, from the Ponoka Food Bank accepts a donation of $4,000 from a CP Rail representative during the CP Holiday Train stop in Ponoka Dec. 6. Along with it, the Ponoka Lions Club were also collecting food and cash donations during the performance for the food bank. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Besides being decorated for the season, this year’s CP Holiday Train included a car dedicated to celebrating this country’s 150 years of confederation. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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