Spotted: Santa’s Little Helpers

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The Caltrain Holiday Train stops at Redwood City every year – as it did on Dec. 2 — but that’s not where the Redwood City connection ends. There’s a lot of volunteer help involved in getting the spectacularly lighted train decorated every year, not to mention rounding up volunteers to play Frosty and Rudolph for the night.

Among the volunteers and behind-the-scenes supporters and workers from Redwood City were  Pat Pfeiffer, Diane Beach and Jim Schenkel, and (pictured) SamTrans/Caltrain Executive Director/GM Jim Hartnett, Pfeiffer, and Rory Oldham, who has a winter home at the North Pole. Also pictured, Mrs. Claus — aka Sharon Kohlmannslehner — who is a SamTrans employee.

The popular event began in 2001 and helps generate toys donations brought to the train stations as people come to watch a 20-minute show and get a chance to meet the extended Claus family. Redwood City always draws a particularly large and enthusiastic crowd of families who gather downtown for the Hometown Holidays parade and take in the holiday train on the way home.