The CP Holiday Day Train chug-chug-chugged into Lakeside Park Monday evening

The CP Holiday Day Train chug-chug-chugged into Lakeside Park Monday evening

Christmas Train chug-chugs into Nelson

Hundreds gathered to welcome the CP Holiday Train on Monday evening.

When the CP Holiday Train chug-chugged into Lakeside Park on Monday evening, Tiffany Bishop was among the hundreds bundled up watching from the big orange bridge with her whole family. She was joined by her son Lewin, her husband Daniel and their daughters Xiola and Omni.

Lined up on the railing nearby were Rahj Levinson and Nicole Seaboyer, who were hanging out with their yorkie chihuahua Hula Madison. Elsewhere in the crowd Denise Morris and her daughter Ciara danced along as Blue Rodeo singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy strutted across the stage.

Former mayor John Dooley’s son Sean was spending quality time with his son Boone, and Marleah and Chad Staten were unable to rouse their sleeping newborn Nash, despite the noise.

Hundreds gathered on the slope and either side of the train to catch raucous renditions of holiday favourites and to catch appearances from Santa Claus and Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak. Packed near the front were plenty of Christmas-loving youngsters rocking out to the tunes.

Below photos by Will Johnson

Rahj Levinson and Nicole Seaboyer with Hula Madison.

Tiffany Bishop with son Lewin, husband Daniel and their daughters Xiola and Omni.

Marleah and Chad Staten with their son Nash.

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy performed.

Ciara and Denise Morris.

Sean Dooley and his son Boone.