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December 2, 2011 > Catch the "Candyland Express"

Catch the "Candyland Express"

Submitted By Brandi Childress

Spirits are bound to be brighter beginning Friday, December 2 as the "Candyland Express" makes its debut this holiday season! The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) historic trolley only comes out this time of year, offering free rides to the various holiday festivities in downtown San Jose.

The Candyland Express will be decked with boughs of holly and spreading holiday cheer between the Civic Center and San Jose Diridon stations. All the light rail stations served by the Candyland Express will be transformed into festive stops adorned with holiday decor and sweet surprises. Throughout the month of December, the trolley will operate on an hourly schedule every Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The trolley will not operate December 23 through December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Join VTA this Saturday, December 3 at the Paseo de San Antonio and Santa Clara stations between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a holiday kick-off event featuring free giveaways including treats and tickets to the Retro Dome's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". Join us again on December 17, at the same time and location, for tickets to the San Jose Rep's production of "A Christmas Carol". Arrive early at the stations as limited tickets are available.

The historic trolley featured this year, Car 2001, was built in Milan, Italy in 1928 where it originally operated until the mid-1980s when it was donated by the Italian government to the San Jose Trolley Corporation. VTA maintains six restored trolleys that can be seen and ridden at the San Jose Historical Museum in Kelly Park. For more information on VTA's historic trolleys, please visit

For more details on the Candyland Express, visit or contact (408) 321-2300, TTY only (408) 321-2330.

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