Take a ride on the Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad

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.

Santa Claus at Irvine Park Railroad

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.

Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad

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.


14 comments on Take a ride on the Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad

  1. Sharon M
    11/16/2015 at 5:27 am (2 years ago)

    My husband is a HUGE train fanatic and would love to take our son on his first train ride!

  2. Cassandra Flores
    11/16/2015 at 6:46 am (2 years ago)

    My husband and I are always looking for family friendly things to do with our 2 year old twins during the wintertime, this weather is our favorite! Their birthday theme this past July was actually of their favorite show, Thomas and Friends (thank you Pinterest for all the deco ideas!) This is the perfect opportunity to combine our love for the winter season and trains!!! 🙂

  3. Nidia H
    11/16/2015 at 9:06 am (2 years ago)

    We have never gone, seeing all the pictures has definitely boosted our interest. Definitely a great way to make memories with the family.

  4. Melissa
    11/16/2015 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    My 2 kids love riding the train! My husband and I love it, too 🙂

  5. SUNny s
    11/16/2015 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I would take my three children. It looks like so much fun!

  6. Reyna
    11/16/2015 at 7:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to take my 3 kids to see santa, never been there

  7. Amber Romero
    11/16/2015 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Truly hope to win! ♡

  8. Nancy
    11/16/2015 at 7:15 pm (2 years ago)

    My husband and 2 daughters! Thank you for the chance!

  9. Marilyn
    11/16/2015 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    we are new to the area, and I would love to take my two boys!

  10. Bridget
    11/16/2015 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    My son loves trains and we would love to experience this!! Perfect mommy son date night!!!

  11. Leah Siapin
    11/16/2015 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I would take my 3 boys with me to Irvine Railroad. We’ve never been there during Christmas.

  12. Jill
    11/16/2015 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d love to go with my little family! Crossing my fingers 🙂

  13. Vanessa
    11/16/2015 at 8:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Wana take my 3 boys 🙂

  14. Laura
    11/16/2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to take my 3 year old son and husband. My son’s birthday is coming up and he LOVES trains!


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