Monday, November 26, 2012

Santa Claus and Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train in The Junction - December 1, 2012

Poster: Santa in The Junction
December 1, 2012; 11am - 3PM

Full steam ahead!  Get into the holiday spirit with Santa Claus!

The Junction BIA invites you and your family to the Santa in the Junction - Free All Day Event on Saturday December 1st 2012 Starting at 11 AM!

Santa in The Junction

On Saturday, December 1st we are inviting you to visit the Junction Neighbourhood to experience Santa in the Junction festivities. Meet Santa and his elves, stroll through the Junction to discover interactive window displays, listen to Mrs. Claus reading holiday tales, partake in a craft workshops in the Elf Village, find some unique gifts, all while enjoying some hot chocolate or other take-away treats presented by participating Junction businesses along Dundas Street West at Keele Street.

Join us, as we celebrate Santa’s Visit to the Junction with workshops, presentations, holiday promotions and treats.

Also note, Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train is making its only Toronto stop in the Junction at 5:30 PM. So start your holiday celebrations right, and head to the Junction on December 1st. Event starts at 11 am.

For more information, please visit

Santa in The Junction Full Event Program

Santa in the Junction Event Map

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train image
Image: CP Holiday Train

The 2012 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visits the Junction December 1st, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Location: 750 Runnymede Rd, in front of CP Lambton yard office, parking only in Walmart lot [Runnymede south  of St. Clair, entrance opposite Ryding Ave.]

Here is the best explanation of how to get there:
This year, it will be stopping at 750 Runnymede Road in front of the railway’s Lambton Yard office.
It’s a short walk from anywhere in the upper Junction.
Parking is available at the Walmart beside the office.

Transit users may take the 71 and 79 bus routes which originate from Runnymede subway station and get off at Runnymede and St. Clair, then walk south towards the railway underpass. The entrance to the yard is just before the underpass, and is next to the Walmart plaza.

The 40 Junction route goes to the loop at Dundas and Runnymede, and riders can get off there and walk north, through the underpass. The yard entrance is on the left.

Those taking the 30 Lambton bus will likewise get off at Dundas and Runnymede and walk north through the underpass on the west sidewalk of Runnymede.

Credit: Holiday Train in the upper Junction
by  Artur Rozumek

The CP Holiday Train, which will this year visit 150 Canadian and U.S. communities, offers a free and festive family activity at each stop, all the while collecting food and money for local food banks and raising awareness in the fight against hunger. The CP also makes a contribution to local food banks along the way. Make sure to bring along a non perishable food donation.

Entertainers on the Canadian train include Doc Walker, Miss Emily, and the Brothers Dube

For additional information on the musicians and 2012 schedules visit:
Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain.
Follow the real-time tweets on #CPHolidayTrain.

Find a food bank near you

Of course, the real Santa Claus will also be on location! Don’t miss it!

Update 2014:

#CPHolidayTrain Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Comes to Toronto Junction: November 29, 2014

links: Junction plays host to Santa and friends CP Holiday Train launches 14th year of raising money, food and awareness for local food banks The CP Holiday Train hits Toronto!
West Toronto Junction Historical Society: Coming Soon: CP Holiday Train visits the JunctionSaturday, December 1, 2012 @ 5:30 PM Santa Clause is coming to the Junction on Saturday November 26, 2011 CPR Holiday Train Steams into the Junction of History
The Holiday Train raises money for local food banks and it was a joy to be able to contribute knowing the proceeds would go to be used right here in the community as the cold weather was a grim reminder of how much we need to share in this northern clime.
Happy Holidays from the West Toronto Junction Historical Society Centennial Committee.

By Neil Ross