Take the train to Vancouver and back for holiday festivities and shopping over the next two Saturdays. The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track, providing same day return trips in exchange for your donations to local causes.
West Coast Express Santa Train Toy Drive
On Saturday, December 7th and Saturday, December 14th, 2013 customers will receive a return ticket for the day in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy.
Santa Trains will be departing Mission City at 10:00am, stopping at all stations before arriving at Waterfront Station at approximately 11:15 am. Once in Vancouver, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season before returning home from Waterfront Station at 4:00pm.
Santa will be onboard the westbound trip in the morning to say hello to travelers young and old. In the afternoon, our North Pole Station (at Waterfront) will be open at 3:00pm, so you can come back early to enjoy some music, fun activities and photo opportunities with Santa.
All donations support the Christmas Bureau in Mission, the MRPM Hamper Society and the Share Society of the Tri-Cities.
West Coast Express Santa Train Food Drive
Because the Santa Train has grown in popularity and has been very successful over the years, it expanded beyond its traditional toy drive role in 2010 as a way of providing even more help to those in need. As a result, between December 7th and 14th canned goods and non-perishable food items will be accepted; they can be dropped off at the food collection bins located at Waterfront Station.
*Though donations of canned food will be especially appreciated, to hop onboard the Santa Train riders will still need to bring a new unwrapped toy. This means that we will not be able to exchange a Santa Train ticket for a food donation; it is, however, a wonderful gesture of added generosity.
Donation drop-off locations and exact train times are listed online.