Caltrain Holiday Train

  • December 02, 2017
  • December 03, 2017
  • Caltrain

December 2 and 3, 2017 (Schedule below)

Bay Area residents, from The City to the South Bay, know the holiday season has arrived when the Caltrain Holiday Train presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes its way down the Peninsula the first weekend in December.

On Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, the beloved Holiday Train will once again make its way down the Peninsula. The glittering show train has been a favorite family holiday tradition for communities all along the Caltrain rail corridor for 15 years. To spread the word about the spectacular event, one Caltrain passenger car “wrapped” in the Holiday Train artwork is in regular service until the end of December.

Decorated with more than 75,000 lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations during the weekend. At each of the train’s 20-minute station stops, people can join in singing with onboard carolers and a Salvation Army brass band. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family -- including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer -- will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy free entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops.

The Holiday Train is more than a glittering feast for the eyes. It is also an opportunity to donate new toys or books to disadvantaged, local children. Caltrain partners with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and the Salvation Army’s Season of Giving program to help make the season brighter for families struggling to make ends meet. Since the inception of the Holiday Train, generous Bay Area residents have brought more than 50,000 toys to Caltrain stations.

Saturday, December 2 - 

  • San Francisco - 4:00 p.m.
  • Burlingame - 5:25 p.m.
  • Redwood City - 6:10 p.m.
  • Mountain View - 7:25 p.m.
  • Santa Clara - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 3

  • San Francisco - 4:00 p.m.
  • Millbrae - 5:20 p.m.
  • San Mateo - 6:00 p.m.
  • Menlo Park - 7:05 p.m.
  • Sunnyvale - 7:50 p.m
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