Weekly Message ~ December 2019
Holiday Events
Holiday Tree Lighting
Join us for a treasured community event that brings family, friends and neighbors together to begin the holiday season.

This year's tree lighting will feature holiday magic and surprises around every corner that everyone can enjoy! Watch live entertainment and sing along to winter classics with the musical entertainers! Enjoy a visit from Santa and his winter friends. 

Conclude the evening with a story reading from Santa and count down with the Mayor as he lights the holiday tree.

Friday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Fremont Park, Menlo Park

Breakfast with Santa
Join us for a pancake breakfast, children's crafts and a visit from Santa Claus! Activities include:

  • Pancake breakfast and buffet
  • Letter writing to Santa
  • Holiday crafts
  • Visiting and picture taking with Santa
  • Photo booth with holiday props 

Registration is required for this event and is first come first serve. Please register early to ensure you have a spot in your preferred breakfast session. $1.00 off ticket price with donation of an unwrapped toy for the Fire Fighter Toy Drive.

Saturday, December 7, 7:30 to 11:30 am
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center

Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary's Christmas Market
Join us at the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary's Christmas Market! You'll find handcrafted goods from a variety of local vendors and artists, an auction of decorated and themed Christmas trees, and have the opportunity to enjoy carolers. Kids will have a chance to visit with Santa from noon to 1 pm. Finished your shopping? Come enjoy coffee or lunch at Café Wisteria.

Free admission and parking. Proceeds benefit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 4 pm
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park

Russian Christmas Bazaar
For more than 50 years, Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Menlo Park has brought a little bit of the Russian tradition to the holiday shopping season.

This one-day event contains a rummage sale, two local artists selling artwork, church tours and honey from the Holy Assumption Orthodox Monastery in Calistoga. Live Russian music and a Russian puppet show will keep visitors entertained while they dine, a la carte, on traditional Russian cuisine handmade from recipes passed on from generation to generation.

 Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 4 pm
1220 Crane St., Menlo Park

West Bay Model Railroad Association
2019 Holiday Show
Watch trains run on our scenic two-level layout while club members answer your questions.

Bonus: Caltrain Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive at the Menlo Park Station at 7:05 pm on Sunday, December 8th!

 Saturday, December 7, 1 to 5 pm
Sunday, December 8, 1 to 8 pm
1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park

Caltrain Holiday Train
The Holiday Train will fire up its engine for the seventeenth year this December to delight Bay Area families with glittering lights and holiday giving. This festive tradition brings holiday treats, entertainment and characters including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa’s elves to nine stations between San Francisco and Santa Clara.

Caltrain and SVCF also partner with local organizations to collect toys at each station for underserved children in our communities. Last year, the event brought together over 35,000 Bay Area residents and collected over 3,000 toys. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Holiday Train will stop at the Menlo Park station on  Sunday, December 8 at 7:05 pm

Members at Work
Menlo Park Firefighters Toy and Food Drive
Help Menlo Park Firefighters with their 2019 Toy and Food Drive!

You can drop off new toys, non-perishable food, and monetary donations for members of our community at the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce ( 1100 Merrill St. ) or at the City of Menlo Park ( 701 Laurel St. ).
Christmas Tree Lots
Support our local clubs and organizations by purchasing a tree at
one of these Christmas Tree Lots:

The  Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot  is located on the Stanford
Campus on the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real, across from Palo Alto High School.

The  Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot  is located at Nativity School on the corner of Oak Grove Ave and Laurel St. in Menlo Park.
Celebration & Art Exhibit with Artist Joseph Vella
Marcela's Village Gallery is very happy to bring to you the amazing still life oil paintings from local artist Joseph Vella. The native Californian, son of an Italian fisherman grew up with a deep appreciation for the beauty of his surroundings. His subject matter, still life, reflects the neoclassic influence. Using the finest French oils, Vella’s works are reminiscent of the old masters, with a contemporary trompe l’oeil.  

Please come and join Marcela's Village Gallery and celebrate with champagne, hot cider, cheese and fruit.

Friday, December 6, 5 to 8 pm
883-1 Santa Crus Avenue, Menlo Park

Mark Your Calendar
December 6
5 to 8 pm, Marcela's Village Gallery, Menlo Park

December 6
5:30 to 7:30 pm, Fremont Park, Menlo Park

December 7
7:30 to 11:30 am, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center

December 7
10 am to 2 pm, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park

December 7
10 am to 4 pm, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park

December 7
10 am to 4 pm, 1220 Crane St., Menlo Park

December 7-8
Saturday & Sunday, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park

December 8
7:05 pm, Menlo Park Caltrain Station

December 13-15, 21-22
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce | (650) 325-2818 |  menloparkchamber.com