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Holiday Fest; Caltrain Holiday Train; Toy Drive

Hello – this is your email reminder of some wonderful holiday activities that I’m sure you’ll want to check out. Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays is TOMORROW; Caltrain’s Holiday Train returns, at the Caltrain station Saturday Evening; and the Redwood City Police/Firefighters/PAL Toy and Book Drive is on, with a special kick-off dinner at ARYA Global Cuisine, on December 5.

Please read on for the details!


~ malcolm


Hometown Holidays!

It’s all happening downtown Saturday, December 1st, starting at 10 AM – where everyone, young & old, can enjoy a fabulous day-long event filled with fun.

This free family celebration includes:

  • an incredible, kid-pleasing snow play area
  • an ice sculpting demo and display
  • grea  entertainment
  • wonderful booths to get your holiday shopping started
  • the traditional children’s holiday parade
  • the annual City Hall tree lighting and famous fireworks spectacular
  • of course, visit with Santa Claus, himself!

All of the details are available at, including a schedule of the day’s festivities, or call the Hometown Holidays Hotline at (650) 307-4064 or email: It’s all happening, rain or shine!


Caltrain Holiday Train

After a two-year hiatus, the Caltrain Holiday Train is back! See it at the Redwood City Caltrain station, Saturday December 1 at 6:15 pm, and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. The Holiday Train is a free family event that brings together thousands of local community members in the spirit of joy and giving.

Decorated with 60,000 glittering lights, the dazzling show-train will visit 10 Caltrain stations between San Francisco and Santa Clara over two nights in December, providing holiday entertainment and collecting donations of toys for local children who otherwise might not receive a gift during the holidays. Get the details at 

Redwood City Toy & Book Drive

The Redwood City Police and Fire Departments, Police Activities League, and Parks Recreation and Community Services, have teamed up with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and its CARON project, San Carlos Fire Department, and Woodside Fire Protection District for the annual Toy & Book Drive!

Last year, over 50 local businesses filled 60 donation barrels with over 12,000 toys and books, and provided them to about 500 needy families. Deliveries take place with Santa Claus in a police car or a fire engine arriving at the home to hand out the presents, giving the kids a thrill they’ll long remember. One thing that makes this program special is the collection and distribution of new books as well as toys. Each child served receives two gifts, a book, a stuffed animal, and several stocking stuffers, all of which bring that holiday sparkle to their eyes.

Donations of toys and books may be made at any collection barrel, or at City Hall, the Police Department, the Main Library, or any fire station. Businesses, individuals, or groups wishing to get involved can get more information at 
Upcoming Toy Drive events:

  • Wednesday, December 5 – Fundraiser Party 6PM – 9PM 
    ARYA Global Cuisine
    855 Middlefield Road
    Sponsored by Sequoia Realty Services and W. L. Butler Construction
    20% of the evening’s revenue will be donated to the Toy Drive. Also drop      off unwrapped toys at the restaurant
  • Wednesday, December 12 – Wrapping Party 5PM – 8PM
    Red Morton  Community Center 1120 Roosevelt Avenue
  • Entire week of December 17 – Donation drop off
    Peet’s Coffee 2600 Broadway
    During the week of December 17 Peet’s will be collecting monetary donations for the Toy Drive. They will also provide free coffee at our Wrapping Party. Also drop off unwrapped toys at the restaurant.

Visit for more information and to get involved!


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