The Caltrain Holiday Train is set to launch for its 17th year on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, bringing holiday treats, entertainment and characters such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa’s elves to nine stations between San Francisco and Santa Clara.
For the free events, families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive. Presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Caltrain Holiday Train partners with local organizations to collect toys at each station for underserved community children.
On Saturday, the Holiday Train will be in San Francisco at 4 p.m. and will feature Bay Area Face Painters for entertainment. Also on Saturday it will stop in Burlingame at 5:25 p.m. (Show: Dan Chan Presents: Balloon Twister, Magician and Juggler); in Redwood City at 6:10 p.m. (Show: No station entertainment due to local Hometown Holidays event); in Mountain View at 7:25 p.m. (Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus); and in Santa Clara at 8 p.m. (Santa Clara Depot presented by South Bay Historical Railroad Society).
On Sunday, the Holiday Train will be in San Francisco at 4 p.m. (Bay Area Face Painters); in Millbrae at 5:20 p.m. (Bay Area Face Painters); in San Mateo at 6 p.m. (Core Taekwondo); in Menlo Park at 7:05 p.m. (Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra); and in Sunnyvale at 7:50 p.m. (Dan Chan Presents (Balloon Twister, Magician and Juggler, winter ice rink).
Onboard entertainment includes the Masterworks Chorale and The Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble on Saturday, and the Barbershop Harmony Society and The Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble on Sunday.
For more information, go to www.holiday-train.org.