Holiday Express & Annual Toy Drive 2022
Holiday Express & Annual Toy Drive
There is no better way to experience holiday cheer, than taking a ride on SMART’s Holiday Express. Each year SMART decorates a Holiday Express train with festive lights, ribbons, and garlands. Make a trip on the Holiday Express a winter season tradition!
Donate a toy and ride FREE on December 3
On Saturday, December 3, SMART will host a special Toy Drive event on board all trains. During the December 3, Toy Drive, each adult passenger who brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate, will ride free. Kids accompanied by an adult will also ride free that day. The entire community is invited to bring a toy and enjoy the festive cheer aboard SMART’s Holiday Express!
Take a selfie with the Guy in Red
This year, Santa Clause will be aboard the Holiday Express train for trips 3 and 4 on Saturday, December 3. Everyone is welcome to create holiday memories by snapping a picture with Santa! Trip 3 departs southbound from the Sonoma County Airport Station at 9:31 a.m., and trip 4 departs northbound from the Larkspur Station at 11:18 a.m.. Santa and his holiday helpers will be on the train celebrating the season and accepting new, unwrapped toys to give to those in need. Donated toys will go to the Toys for Tots campaign.
Free parking is available at the following stations: Sonoma County Airport, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma Downtown, Novato San Marin, Novato Downtown, Novato Hamilton, and Larkspur.
Make the Holiday Express part of your holiday festivities
Throughout the holiday season local communities and shopping districts along the rail line host holiday events celebrating the spirit of the season. The festively decorated Holiday Express will operate from November 25 through December 30.
Throughout the holiday season communities and shopping districts along the rail line will host holiday events celebrating the spirit of the season. Take the SMART train to visit festively decorated downtown dining and shopping districts in Larkspur, San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, and Santa Rosa. Take a beautiful stroll or bike ride along the waterfront in Larkspur or the riverfront in Petaluma. Get out there to enjoy festivities and holiday lights in cities along the rail line.
Here are just a few of the holiday events you can reach by train:
- November 25, Tree Lighting Celebration in Courthouse Square, in Downtown Santa Rosa
- November 25 - December 31 Winter Lights Skating in Courthouse Square, in Downtown Santa Rosa
- November 26, Parade of Lights & Winterwonderland, in Downtown San Rafael
- November 26, Santa's Boat Arrival in Downtown Petaluma
- November 26-December 21, The Great Downtown San Rafael Elf Hunt, in Downtown San Rafael
- December 1, Giving Tree Lighting at Marin Country Mart, in Larkspur
- December 3, Holiday Open House in Downtown Petauma
- December 3, Holiday Lights Celebration in Rohnert Park
- December 4, Annual Novato Community Tree Lighting, in Novato
- December 9, 2nd Fridays Art Walk & Holiday Party, in Downtown San Rafael
- December 10, Lighted Boat Parade, in Downtown Petaluma