Guest post by Justine Burgess
Irvine Park is incredibly family-friendly, and Irvine Park Railroad is one of my son’s favorite stops- we HAVE to ride the train every time we visit…and we visit at least twice a month. He’s seven years old now, so that’s added up to a lot of train rides with the fabulous engineers. Know what he loves most about the train? When it’s the Christmas train! This year is a milestone- the 20th annual Christmas train- so it feels extra-special to the little guy. He can’t wait to see the train adorned with lights and garland to take its trip through an OC Parks sparkling winter wonderland. Latina Moms OC has been invited to attend a media night, so we’re very excited.
The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad ride takes travelers to the “North Pole”, where families can take photos with Santa while enjoying cocoa and snacks. Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa, or you may purchase a 5×7 picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Santa is always welcoming, and the couch is big enough for the family to all tell Santa what their wishes are this year. Please note- you MUST ride the train in order to visit Santa. Tasty food and drink items are available for sale at both the Train Station and the North Pole.
Christmas Train tickets are $12 each (free for 24 months and younger). Tickets may ONLY be purchased online through the Irvine Park Railroad website, so get your tickets early before they sell out, as they won’t be available at the park. Near the train station is Santas Village and the Christmas Tree Ranch. Activities open one hour before the Christmas train, so get there early, beat the crowds, and listen to Mrs. Santa Claus read Christmas tales to the kids. Santas Village requires activity tickets, $5 each or $60 for a book of 15. Coloring and Story time with Mrs. Claus are FREE.
It’s always been chilly when we’ve visited, so dress warmly and don’t forget to bring a camera for all those glorious photo opportunities! Have some hot cocoa while the wind nips at your nose, enjoy some cookies and popcorn, and best of all- make some family holiday memories this year at Irvine Park Railroad.
Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad
Open nightly beginning Friday, November 27th through Wednesday, December 23rd
Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, California 92869
Irvine Park Entry is $5 per vehicle on weekends, $3 during the week; however, parking for the Christmas Train is FREE after 5:00 PM. To purchase tickets and for more information, pricing, and the schedule, please visit http://www.IrvineParkRailroad.com or call 714-997-3968.
Christmas Tree Ranch
Visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Tree Ranch! Noble, Grand, and Douglas fir trees in all shapes and sizes. Open daily at 10:00 am beginning Friday, November 27th; click here for details.
This is not a sponsored post. Latina Moms OC has been invited to attend a media night and if attending, will receive admission, activities, and coupons for snacks. All thoughts and opinions remain our own.