Santa's ready for Operation Toy Train

A&E. The community is invited to the Sparta Train Station at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 for family-friendly activities surrounding the arrival of Santa with Operation Toy Train to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation.

| 14 Oct 2019 | 03:39

Santa will arrive on a toy-filled train at the Sparta Train Station on Saturday, Nov. 30, to kick off the holiday season with a toy collection benefiting the Toys For Tots Foundation.

In anticipation of Santa’s railway arrival, the Sparta Train Station is hosting a free, family-friendly event at 1 p.m. that allows children of all ages to take part in a variety of festive “make-and-take” craft activities, games, face painting, letters to Santa and photo opportunities in the holiday-themed family photo booth. Families can also enjoy ice carving demonstrations, pony rides and a petting zoo (weather permitting). Performances by local choirs, dance schools and drama clubs are also planned. There will be complementary digital photos with Santa after his arrival on the Train.

Event sponsors include; Alpine Montessori of Sparta, Anderson Farms, Arina Communications Group LLC, Ava and Jack, Eric’s Deli & Catering, Greene’s Beans Cafe, Hacklebarney Farm and Cider Mill, Henry O. Baker Insurance Group, Lakeland Bank, Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio, Septicare, Sparta Books, Spavia of Sparta, Techflex and Thorlabs.

To participate as a sponsor or to volunteer, send email to

Since 2009, Operation Toy Train has operated a special train in northern New Jersey and southern New York during the first two weekends of December. The train collects more than 20,000 donated toys annually for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, for underprivileged, local children. This is the fourth year that Sparta was selected to be on the route and will be the 8th stop on a train that originates in Rochelle Park, NJ.

For more information on the Operation Toy Train visit to Sparta and event details, visit:

About the Sparta Train Station

The Sparta Train Station, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2016 with a mission to preserve the Sparta Train Station for the use and enjoyment of future generations. The Sparta Train Station is maintained to house railroad artifacts from the local area and act as an inspiring backdrop for the creative training experiences of the community. The Sparta Train Station is located at 30 Station Road in Sparta.

Families are invited to bring toys to the event or to drop off toys starting Oct. 14 at:
· Alpha Fitness (2 East Clinton Street Newton).
· Alpine Montessori (57 Main Street Sparta).
· C-Tech (50 Station Road, Sparta).
· Garlock Hygienic Tech LLC (26 Brookfield Drive, Sparta).
· Laddy, Clark and Ryan (60 Blue Heron Road, Sparta).
· Lakeland Bank (7 Town Center Drive, Sparta).
· Lantek ( 29 A Brookfield Drive, Sparta).
· Sparta Books (29 Center Street, Sparta).
· Techflex (104 Demarest Road, Sparta).