After three years of virtual shows, the Holiday Train finally rolled through Swift Current again in December, with rocking performances and community support.

Bill Mailman is a corps officer with the Salvation Army and said Canadian Pacific Railway raised significant funds for the nonprofit while in the city.

"This year, it was $5500 that they donated to the food bank," he said. "Which is going to go a long way to helping keep our shelves stocked, keep the doors open, and help provide food for people throughout the whole year – not just at Christmastime."

The tradition began in 1999 and has raised millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food across the country. 

Mailman explained that CP reached out to local charities during their tour and invites them to come to the show and accept monetary or food donations from folks who come out.

"They support food banks across Canada," he said. "It's not even necessarily the Salvation Army Food Bank; if other people are running food banks in those communities, they'll [support them to] help fight hunger and food insecurity."

This year's Holiday Train show included performances from country star Tenille Townes and Oji-Cree singer-songwriter Aysanabee playing Christmas classics in the wind chill temperature of -39 degrees Celsius.