2012 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

One of the highlights of our holiday season are Santa Train Rides & the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train. That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town… or at least to the Irvine Park Railroad.


Santa Train Rides: Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Break out the scarves & mittens, because it’s time to enjoy an enchanting night-time train ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.

The train will depart, from the station, every 15 minutes for the North Pole. & While you & your children wait, you can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, a bounce house or picture coloring, or even eat dinner.

Once you reach the North Pole, your children can share their wish list with Santa & have their pictures taken with him as well (with your personal camera or by you can purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad).

You can also enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn & cookies at the North Pole. Once you’ve visited with Santa, you can once again board the train & travel back to the station.

Really & truly, I can tell you from experience, this is one of those holiday experiences that is sure to become an annual tradition for your family. It’s definitely on our list of must-do-holiday-activities. Definitely too much fun to miss…. there’s just something special about an evening train ride, thousands of twinkling Christmas lights, & the promise of getting to sit on Santa’s lap.

2012 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train will operate on:

* November 30th: 5-8pm, activities open at 4pm
* December 1st – 2nd: 5-8pm, activities open at 4pm
* December 7th – 9th: 5-8pm, activities open at 4pm
* December 14th: 5-8pm, activities open at 4pm
* December 15th – 16th: 2-9pm, activities open at 1pm
* December 17th – 21st: 4-9pm, activities open at 3pm
* December 22nd – 23rd: 2-9pm, activities open at 1pm

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $10/ person. Children younger than 24 months ride for free. Activity Tickets are $4/ each or a book of 15 can be purchased for $50 (a $10 savings).

Tickets may be pre-purchased online, or in-person.

Remember, the parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3/ vehicle on weekdays & $5/ vehicle on weekends. Although, parking AFTER 5pm is FREE.

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date & time online HERE, or in person the day of the event.

For more information & activity pricing, go HERE.

xoxo, K

p.s. Don’t forget to dress warmly – it definitely can get a wee bit chilly.

images & video of Santa Train Rides via Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train


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Just Spotted is a family & kid oriented guide to living, visiting and dreaming about Orange County. Written by two real moms (Coleen & Kelly), living real lives, in the real OC. Coleen & Kelly seek adventure in the everyday, and Just Spotted is the place where they highlight those adventures. Just Spotted, the premiere family guide to Orange County, is a free public service and online resource offered to provide Orange County residents and visitors a wealth of knowledge with daily posts on things to do, where to go & places to shop in Orange County. xoxo, C & K

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