Press Release - November 21, 2014

Cal Train and SVCF

Holiday Train Features Live Entertainment Dec. 6 & 7

Kick off your holiday season with a visit to your neighborhood Caltrain station to see the Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The glittering “show train” will visit nine stations Dec. 6 and 7, the first weekend in December.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, people are encouraged to make the holidays brighter for local children by bringing a new, unwrapped toy when they visit the Holiday Train. Representatives from The Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will be at every station to collect toys and see that they are distributed where they are most needed. 

The Holiday Train celebrates one of the season’s favorite traditions by featuring live musical performances as part of the festivities. Local musical groups have been invited to entertain the crowd at each station before the train arrives. When the train pulls into the station, audiences are treated to a 20-minute show that includes a meet and greet with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family, which includes Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Boy. The decorated show train serves as a stage for performances by The Salvation Army’s Brass Band and a local chorus. Food trucks will also be onsite in Mountain View, Santa Clara, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale.


The Salvation Army Brass Band and a local chorus will entertain the crowd before boarding the train. Saturday night the Peninsula Harmony Chorus will entertain the crowd; Sunday night the Golden Chordsmen will be the featured chorus. Families that visit the San Francisco Caltrain Station will be treated to a face painter and balloon artist for the children on both Saturday and Sunday. Radio sponsors Q102.1 will have a booth onsite Saturday and 102.9 KBLX will be there Sunday.


The Peninsula Girls Chorus will perform at the Holiday Train’s first stop in Burlingame. 

Redwood City pulls out all the stops for its annual Hometown Holidays event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. People are invited to head over to the Redwood City station after the fireworks show to see the Holiday Train pull into the station. Chinese Melodrama, a local musical group, will perform before the train arrives.

The Peninsulaires will perform at the Mountain View station. This a cappella men's chorus, members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, sing for the sheer pleasure of it. Media Sponsor 98.5 KFOX also will be at the station to greet attendees.

At the Santa Clara station, the South Bay Historical Railroad Society, located in the historic Santa Clara Depot, will open its doors to the public at 7 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the HO and N scale model displays. The Santa Clara Corps of The Salvation Army will provide traditional music. Sports radio sponsor 95.7 The Game will have a booth set up at the station to interact with listeners.


The first train stop on Sunday will be the Millbrae station, where Media Sponsor 96.5 KOIT radio, the Bay Area’s Christmas music station, also will be on hand. 

The Chamber Singers from Burlingame and San Mateo high schools will perform at the San Mateo station.

At the historic Menlo Park station, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will perform holiday tunes. Beginning at 7 p.m. the station will be open for rail fans to see the West Bay Model Railroad’s new HO layout, currently under construction. 

The last stop for the Holiday Train is at the Sunnyvale station on Sunday evening, where Media Sponsor 94.5 KBAY will spin holiday tunes until Santa arrives. 

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, Nothing Bundt Cakes in San Carlos and Millbrae, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Peterson Technical Services, Safeway Inc., and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.

Holiday Train Schedule

Holiday Train Schedule


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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