Press Release - November 10, 2014

Cal Train and SVCF

Holiday Train Dec. 6 & 7 Marks Start of Season of Giving

Bay Area residents know the holiday season has arrived when the Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, makes its way from San Francisco to Santa Clara. The first weekend in December, Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, will be the 12th year the beloved train has chugged down the Peninsula. The “bedazzled” train has become a favorite holiday tradition for communities all along the Caltrain rail corridor.

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 tens of thousands of lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations on the evenings of December 6th and 7th. 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 the Toy Solider will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy live entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops. Food trucks will also be onsite in Mountain View, Santa Clara, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale.

“We are proud to be a part of the great local tradition of Holiday Train,” said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “The excitement and joy that the train brings to people when it pulls into the stations is truly a gift to our local communities.”

In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Holiday Train also offers people the opportunity to make a gift to a child in need. Representatives from The Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will be at every station collecting toys for local children. Since the inception of the Holiday Train, generous Bay Area residents have brought nearly 50,000 toys to Caltrain stations. People are again encouraged to help make the holidays brighter for local children by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate when they visit the Holiday Train.

“The Holiday Train is a unique opportunity for the Bay Area to come together and, in the spirit of the season, make the holidays a little brighter for families in need,” said Caltrain Chair Tom Nolan.

Santa’s helpers can get into the holiday spirit by donating or becoming a sponsor on the Holiday Train website,, and by following Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation on Twitter using the hashtag #HolidayTrain2014 to help spread the word.

The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors for everything from decorations and wiring to costumes.

Community Support
The Handel Sunrise Foundation is a “Conductor” Sponsor. Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation and Linear Technology Corporation are “Trainmaster” Sponsors. Robert Half International is a “Railway” Sponsor. “Community” Sponsors are Mid Peninsula Orthodontics, Moss Adams LLP and Woodruff-Sawyer & Company. Peninsula Storage is a “Neighborhood” Sponsor.

Media sponsors include Comcast, The Daily Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Magazine 94.5 KBAY, 95.7 THE GAME, 96.5 KOIT, 98.5 KFOX, Q102.1, 102.9 KBLX, , HOT 105.7 and Univision.

Bayside Equipment Company of Redwood City donated the use of a generator to light up the decorations. Other in-kind sponsors include Five Little Monkeys, Jim’s Handyman Services, Locando Positano Restaurant in San Carlos, McCune Audio & Lighting, Nothing Bundt Cakes in San Carlos and Millbrae, Peet’s Coffee, Peterson Technical Services, Safeway Inc., and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.

Holiday Train Schedule

Holiday Train Schedule


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_News.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $6 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at

Media Contacts:
Caltrain - Christine Dunn, 650.508.6238
Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Sue McAllister, 650.450.5513