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Holiday Traditions at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

We visited as a guest of the Irvine Park Railroad

It is hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that our family started the holiday tradition of visiting Santa at the “North Pole” at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train. It has been a tradition that our family has kept every year since our first son was born.

This year was bittersweet for me because I was worried that my two teenagers would not want to attend. They have grown up so much over the past year, and things that used to spark the magic in their hearts, don’t as easily anymore. I waited until the day we were visiting the Irvine Park Railroad to tell my two teenagers, and to my surprise, they were ecstatic to relive the magic of the holidays at the Irvine Park Railroad.

While on our way to the Christmas Train, my 15-year-old son told me that this is his favorite holiday tradition and it is one that he will continue with his children – my heart melted!!

We arrived early at Irvine Park Railroad and boarded the first train out of the station. We know from years past that the line for Santa at the North Pole can get long, and we wanted to beat the crowds so we could take our time whispering into Santa’s ear what we wanted for Christmas.

As we arrived at the North Pole Train Station, Mrs. Claus was there to greet us. We immediately went up to see Santa, our children shared with him their Christmas wish, and we captured a family keepsake photo. Once we were done visiting with Santa, we got a cookie, and hot chocolate from the concession stand before taking the train ride back to Santa’s Village.

Back at Santa’s Village, there was plenty of fun for families to enjoy. There was a storytime with Mrs. Claus, Reindeer rides, bounce houses, ice fishing, carnival games, and photo opportunities galore. Our family spent the rest of the evening enjoying all the activities and creating memories together that will last a lifetime.

The Irvine Park Christmas Train is sold out for the holiday season, but your family is still invited to come and enjoy the activities happening at Santa’s Village. There is enough fun for your family to enjoy throughout an evening this holiday season. Next year, make sure and mark your calendars for early December when the Christmas Train tickets go on sale. They sell out quickly, but we always share a reminder on our Facebook page.

Have fun creating holiday memories and starting new traditions at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train!

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