Cancelled: Santa Claus parade and CP Holiday Train

Although these two events will not be taking place this year, organizers are planning on hosting virtual events to keep the holiday spirit alive

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Like many activities in 2020, the popular Montreal Santa Claus parade and CP Holiday Train have been cancelled this winter because of the pandemic, but organizers are working on virtual programming and other events this holiday season.

The Santa Claus parade — which usually runs through the downtown core —attracted 400,000 people last November, according to organizers Destination Centre-Ville.  For more information on its programming, click here.

Another annual tradition, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, has come to a halt. Every year, the decorated train passes through Montreal West and the West Island to entertain families while raising money for food banks. Canadian Pacific says it will be hosting a virtual concert and fundraiser instead.

“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel said in a press release. “The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through our virtual concert. We will have the Holiday Train rolling again spreading Christmas cheer as soon as it’s safe to do so!”

Launched in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has collected more than $17 million for food banks across the country. More details on this year’s virtual benefit concert will be available soon. For more information, click here.