Community Invited to Take Part in Annual Toy Collection and Event Kicking off the Holiday Season

Sparta, NJ – The Sparta Train Station is pleased to announce the return of it’s family-friendly holiday celebration surrounding the arrival of Operation Toy Train to the Train Station on Saturday, November 30. For the fourth consecutive year, Santa will arrive on a toy-filled train to the delight of attendees and help kick off the holiday season with a toy collection benefiting the Toys For Tots Foundation.

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In anticipation of Santa’s railway arrival, the Sparta Train Station is hosting a free, family-friendly event beginning at 1pm 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 for the afternoon for everyone’s enjoyment.  Complementary digital photos with Santa after his arrival on the Train are a family-favorite activity that all take delight in year after year. 

Families are invited to bring toys to the event to donate to the campaign or drop them off at one of at the following locations beginning October 14: 

  • Alpha Fitness (2 East Clinton Street Newton, NJ)

  • Alpine Montessori (57 Main Street Sparta, NJ)

  • 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)

The event is being sponsored by a variety of organizations including 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. If your organization would like to participate as a sponsor or if you would like to volunteer for the event, please email for more information. 

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 over 20,000 donated toys annually for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, which redistributes them to underprivileged children right in our area. 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, please 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 building is dedicated to William E. Dermody Jr. who as a man of great ingenuity inspired others to build, create, and share our passion with the community. With the high tech reach of our websites including, we strive to create unprecedented access to event information and enrollment in our area. The Sparta Train Station is located at 30 Station Road in Sparta, NJ.  In close proximity to the Sparta Town Center off Main Street, near Rt. 15, and Rt. 517, the station is convenient for thousands of area residents to enjoy.