Holiday Train set to return after pandemic hiatus

Holiday Train set to return after pandemic hiatus

in A&E/Community

The Caltrain Holiday Train is set to return following a pandemic hiatus on Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5.

Decorated with over 75,000 glittering lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, with 20-minute station stops where community members can join in singing with onboard carolers and the Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble.

Community members are encouraged to bring new toys or books to donate to families in need. Caltrain is partnering again with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Holiday Train ambassadors will direct people to donation bins and will have special giveaways for those attending. Also, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer will ride disembark from the train to greet kids and pose for pictures.

The train’s stop in Redwood City will occur at the same time as the city’s Hometown Holidays celebration.

“We are grateful to the generous Bay Area residents who have donated more than 50,000 toys since the start of this local tradition in 2001,” said Acting Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “This event would not be possible without the support from our in-kind sponsors and our staff for helping us provide this magical experience to the communities we serve.”

Holiday Train Schedule

Saturday, December 4

Station                Arrive

San Francisco        4:00 p.m.

Redwood City        6:10 p.m.

Mountain View       6:50 p.m.

Sunnyvale             7:30 p.m.

Santa Clara           8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 5

Station                Arrive

San Francisco        4:00 p.m.

Millbrae                5:40 p.m.

Burlingame           6:10 p.m.

San Mateo            6:40 p.m.

Menlo Park            7:25 p.m.