This weekend (December 5 & 6) the Caltrain Holiday Train, a special non-passenger train decorated with more than 40,000 lights, will be making stops at nine different Peninsula Caltrain stations; four on Saturday four other stations on Sunday, and begins at the San Francisco station on both days.
This free, family event gives you a chance to sing along with live holiday music (various chorus and bands) and the kids get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus along with other holiday favorites, including Rudolph and Frosty. Performances at each station begin about 30 minutes before the train’s arrival; see the schedule below.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to drop into toy barrels at the stations for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program and the Salvation Army’s holiday toy drive.
The Holiday Train’s second stop on Saturday will be in Redwood City. The City has incorporated the Holiday Train into its annual Hometown Holiday’s event beginning 10:00 a.m. The outdoor party includes snow, a parade, fireworks and a late-night holiday movie.
Also, on Saturday at the Menlo Park station the West Bay Model Railroad will be open to visitors from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The display, which dates from the mid-century, features HO, S and O model rail cars zipping through tunnels and over bridges.
In addition, on Saturday the Holiday Train will make its final stop of the evening at the Santa Clara station, home of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society. The display in the historic depot, which will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., includes HO- and N-scale model railroad displays depicting various railroad eras.
Entertainers will give a performance at 4:45 p.m. before the Holiday Train departs from the San Francisco station on both days.
Saturday, December 5 (Festivities begin at the times indicated):
Burlingame Caltrain Station – 5:20 p.m.
Redwood City Caltrain Station – 6:00 p.m.
Menlo Park Caltrain Station – 6:55 p.m.
Santa Clara Caltrain Station – 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 (Festivities begin at the times indicated):
San Bruno Caltrain Station – 5:10 p.m.
San Mateo Caltrain Station – 5:45 p.m.
California Ave. Caltrain Station (Palo Alto) – 7:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Caltrain Station – 7:35 p.m.