Media Advisory: Caltrain Holiday Train Kicks Off Season Dec. 3 & 4

Media Advisory: Caltrain Holiday Train Kicks Off Season Dec. 3 & 4


Editor’s Note: A media preview will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., Friday Dec. 2 at the San Francisco Caltrain Station. The preview will offer morning traffic reports and news shows an opportunity to feature the lighted train, costumed characters and live music. Please confirm with public affairs specialist Will Reisman if you plan to attend.

Media Contacts:

Caltrain – Will Reisman, 650.508.7704


Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Sue McAllister, 650.450.5513; 415.999.1590 mobile


WHAT:        The Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will visit nine Caltrain stations, bringing holiday joy and music of the season. The glittering show train decorated in thousands of lights has become a Bay Area tradition that marks the start of the holiday season for local families.


WHO:          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 will get off the train to greet children and pose for pictures.


WHEN:        Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4

The event begins at 4 p.m. at the San Francisco Caltrain Station, 4th and King streets.


WHERE:      For a complete schedule of station stops, visit


WHY:          Representatives from the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program will be at every station collecting toys for local children. Since the inception of Holiday Train, generous Bay Area residents have brought more than 50,000 toys to Caltrain stations, overflowing barrels with toys. 

Community Support 
Handel Sunrise Foundation is the lead sponsor. The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation,
Linear Technology and Meriwest Credit Union  are “Conductor” sponsors. Robert Half International,  Xilinx and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce are “Station” sponsors. The “Railway” sponsor is the Downtown San Mateo Association.

Media sponsors include The Daily Journal, 94.5 KBAY, 95.7 THE GAME, 96.5 KOIT,98.5 KFOX, Q102.1 and 102.9 KBLX.

Bayside Equipment Company of Redwood City donated the use of a generator to light up the decorations. Other in-kind sponsors include Jim’s Handyman Services, Locanda Positano, Nothing Bundt Cakes in San Carlos and Millbrae, Peterson Technical Services and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.



About Caltrain     

Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain serves 60,000 riders every weekday. For more information on fares and schedules, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit “Like” Caltrain on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at

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Will Reisman, 650.508.7704