Caltrain's holiday train to collect donated toys

November 30, 2012 12:41:03 PM PST
Caltrain is getting the holiday season off to a spirited start this weekend as the annual Holiday Train pulls into stations from San Francisco to San Jose.

A special illuminated train will make stops at eight Peninsula cities, spreading good cheer and collecting toys for the region's less fortunate kids through the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

The Holiday Train will carry Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, a Salvation Army brass band, singers and other holiday characters to greet families and well-wishers who bring new, unwrapped toys to their local Caltrain stations.

On Saturday beginning at 4 p.m., the Holiday Train will stop at the San Francisco, Burlingame, Redwood City, Mountain View and Santa Clara stations.

On Sunday, also starting at 4 p.m., the train will be at the San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale stations.

An exact schedule of arrival times can be found online at

Since its inception in 2001, the Holiday Train has collected more than 45,000 toys for the region's needy families, according to Caltrain.