BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Join in one of Santa’s most exhilarating arrivals with the Holiday Toy Express, a 450-ton train covered with giant glittering ornaments and more than 50,000 twinkling lights on Sunday, December 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Downtown Burbank Partnership.

The Holiday Toy Express will roll into the Downtown Burbank station (201 N. Front Street) at 5:00 p.m., where it will be welcomed by elves, strolling entertainers and thousands of cheering families on the platform. There will be free arts and crafts for kids, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Wagon and more.

Attendees are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the ABC 7 Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department. All toys collected go to Burbank kids in need.

Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Lil’ Squirt and the heroes of Burbank Fire Department Engine and Truck 11!

Ample free parking is available in two adjacent parking lots. Holiday Toy Express is part of 12 Days of Holiday Cheer and is presented by Downtown Burbank Partnership, the City of Burbank, Burbank Town Center and the Burbank Community YMCA.

For further information the public is asked to please call 818.238.5180 or visit .

Downtown Burbank encompasses 34-blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment destinations with 200 shops and 80 restaurants including Macy’s, IKEA, PF Chang’s, Urban Outfitters, AMC-16 and Burbank Town Center. The area is bounded by Verdugo Avenue, Glenoaks, Burbank Boulevard and the I-5 in Burbank, Calif., and contains more than 9,000 parking spaces. Dubbed “one of Southern California’s most appealing urban centers” by Sunset Magazine, the district is managed by Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.