Downtown caroling. A holiday train. Toys for Tots. No enforcement of downtown parking limtis. These are among many holiday activities going on in Menlo Park this month.
The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a celebration of the holidays beginning with caroling along Santa Cruz Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22, as well as on Thursday, Dec. 13.
The chamber also notes Santa Claus will be visiting Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15.
Santa will arrive on the Caltrain holiday train, stopping at the Menlo Park Train Station, 1100 Merrill St., at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. The train, glowing with more than 40,000 lights, will make a 20-minute stop.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will disembark to greet children. The Salvation Army brass band, accompanied by the Cisco Singers, will be on board to lead the holiday sing-along. The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra ensemble will provide entertainment from 6:30 p.m. until the train arrives.
Toys for tots
Donation barrels for the toy and food drive co-sponsored with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will be located at the Chamber of Commerce at 1100 Merrill St., Village Stationers at 719 Santa Cruz Ave. and Cheeky Monkey Toys at 640 Santa Cruz Ave., from Dec. 3 to 23.
No parking limits
There will be no enforcement of parking limits in downtown Menlo Park from Dec. 8 to Jan. 1.