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Holiday fun: Train of Lights

Riding the train is a great way to kick off your holiday season, whether you are 3 or 93. The Train of Lights takes you through a 13 mile scenic round trip through the beautiful and historic Niles Canyon. Donna Alexander, Sunol Station agent for the Niles Canyon Railway (NCRY), estimates that this year the Train of Lights will carry approximately 20,000 passengers. This unique train has been running each holiday season for over 20 years, with some families returning to ride every year.

The Niles Canyon rail line, completed in September 1969, is part of the first transcontinental railroad spanning the North American continent. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Niles Canyon Transcontinental Historic District. The holiday event is NCRYs main fundraiser. Money raised is used for restoration and maintaining engines and cars, bridge repairs, working on laying tracks into Pleasanton, and saving money to erect a museum building in Niles/Fremont. Besides having fun on the Train of Lights, you are helping to keep this unique historic railroad running!

Trees of Angels funds hospice care

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundations Trees of Angels events provide an opportunity to remember or honor a loved one while gathering with other community members at tree lightings held at various locations in the Tri-City area. Now in its 19th year, Trees of Angels raises funds for local hospice care services, with $509,981 raised since the events inception. Commemorative ornaments will be available for purchase at each location.

The tree lighting ceremony at Newark City Hall on Monday, December 1st kicks off the Trees of Angels events with entertainment, refreshments, a raffle, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Events in Fremont and Union City follow, with the popular Childrens Holiday Breakfast occurring on Saturday, December 6th. Reserve your space now to hang out with Ronald McDonald and Santa Claus, and enjoy entertainment, refreshments, photos with Santa and a raffle.

Niles lights up for Christmas

The historic Niles district will once again be filled with merriment as it bids goodbye to Thanksgiving and rings in the Christmas season. Join the festivities with an assortment of over 55 floats parading along Niles Boulevard at the 14th annual Festival of Lights Parade on Friday, November 28.

Co-sponsored by the Niles Merchants Association, this community event continues to grow over the years. ItÕs our way of giving back to the community, says Marie Dear, event organizer and Niles Merchants Association treasurer. It provides entertainment, community spirit, and the thought of sharing.

The night will be an upbeat affair for both young and old, including live entertainment, Christmas music, and hot rods on display. Niles also welcomes The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, who have graced the Macys Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. This years Grand Marshal will be Hattie Hughes, Senior Vice President of Fremont Bank, which recently celebrated its 50th year. Of course, any Christmas celebration wont be complete without the presence of Santa Claus, accompanied by surprise cartoon characters. The traditional tree-lighting ceremony will take place before the parade.

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Upcoming Events

November 25
Covered California Enrollment Session

Newark Branch Library

November 25
Burn Off That Turkey! Bike Ride

Coyote Hills Regional Park

November 27
Movie Night $

Niles Essanay Theater

November 27
Free Thanksgiving Meal

Salvation Army

November 27
Thanksgiving Day Meal

Newark Pavillion

November 27 - November 30
Mysterious Monarchs $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

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