The season rolls along, and this weekend it'll be rolling on tracks. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is again sponsoring the Caltrain Holiday Train, which should brighten the path along the Peninsula on Saturday and Sunday.
The Holiday Train, brilliantly lit with 60,000 lights, will start in San Francisco each day at 4 p.m., stopping at nine stations total over the weekend. The southernmost stop Saturday will be the historic Santa Clara train depot at 8:10 p.m., and Sunnyvale will be the last stop on Sunday at 8:40 p.m. (A timetable is available at www.holiday-train.org and at www.caltrain.org.)
The train will stop for about 20 minutes at each location, with entertainers putting on a holiday-themed show and collecting toys for the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. The public can't actually get on the train because of safety rules, but it looks better from the outside anyway.
Of course, if you're in downtown San Jose and don't get a chance to see the Holiday Train this weekend, the VTA's festive "Holly Trolley" will be rambling through town again this weekend. The decorated historic trolley runs Fridays from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 to 10 p.m. between Diridon Station and the Civic Center station.
And that one you can ride for free.
LIGHTS AROUND THE VALLEY: There are more holiday festivities in the South Bay this weekend, with tree lightings set for the Santa Clara Civic Center and the Los Gatos Town Plaza on Friday night. Los Gatos Music & Arts plans to have Victorian carolers out for the latter event.
More holiday fun on Saturday, as the Los Gatos Children's Parade sets off at 11 a.m. with Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman serving as grand marshal. Meanwhile, the annual Carol of Lights festival will bring a sleighful of family activities to downtown Campbell from 4 to 8 p.m. You might remember that heavy rain last year forced its cancellation; this year, they're importing their own snow.
Farther south, Gilroy rounds things out with its parade and tree-lighting ceremony on Monterey Street between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
ARTS FOR LUNCH: The Lunchtime@Trianon series closes out this first year of "first Friday" midday cultural events at Le Petit Trianon with "Christmas With the Choral Project," a program of holiday favorites and a few new arrangements.
The series has been a fantastic way to introduce the lunchtime crowd in downtown San Jose to some of Silicon Valley's smaller-budget arts groups. And if you haven't had a chance to catch one of the performances at the theater at 72 N. Fifth St., there's another round starting in January. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.trianontheatre.com for more information.