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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Annual Christmas Train + Giveaway

It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole.

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning November 1st; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit for details.

While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when the Christmas Train runs and include:

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Carnival Games
Ice Fishing
Santa Claus Moon Bounce
Christmas Coloring Corner
Picture Stands

Prices for activities vary; for additional information and costs, visit

At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn, hot pretzels, and cookies from Santa’s Snack Shop. A full kitchen menu is available at the train station.

Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad frame and available for pickup shortly after being taken.

After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to the station.

When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera, and arrive early to avoid crowds.

The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is open beginning Friday, December 1st through Saturday, December 23rd. Please visit their web site for hours and to purchase tickets.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $15.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.

The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends; parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.

During the day, visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides.
Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park.

GIVEAWAY!! One lucky winner will receive an Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train package by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one lucky winner on October 20th. Good Luck!

Prize package includes:

4 Christmas Train Tickets
6 Activity Tickets
1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental
1 Paddle Boat Rental

The value of this prize is $140.00. Bloggers are not eligible to win.

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  1. Looks like so much fun and great memories for the family!

  2. I would love to win this, my daughter would have so much fun!

  3. I can’t wait to take my boys to this this year. They are going to love the train and seeing Santa! Even better if we won!

  4. Such a fun event our kids love it!

  5. This would be such an amazing gift for my family. I have 2 boys and we have never ridden a train or done anything special. My boys would absolutely love this and ut would be such a special memory for them to hold on to. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness!

  6. Yay!!!

  7. This sounds like so much fun for my kiddos, never been here, will be a fun experience 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity:)

  8. We love Irvine Park Railroad! This would be amazing to go for the Christmas train ride and to see Santa. Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Looking forward to taking my grandson for his first Christmas.

  10. Would love to win.. thanks for the opp

  11. So grateful that Irvine regional park is ok after the fire scare! Looking forward to taking my first grandchild on the Christmas train!

  12. Wow! This looks so much fun. Wish to win so that I can take my daughter. Fingers crossed!!!

  13. It’s a family tradition of ours for the passed 8 years. Would love to make it 9!

  14. Would love to win so much fun

  15. Pick us! We just moved into the area a few months back with our young kids and would love for them to have this experience!

  16. This will be our first year attending! Can’t wait to experience the Christmas magic here 🙂

  17. Looks like fun!

  18. Would love to win!!! We’ve been once but haven’t been back in a couple of years!

  19. I have never been and
    would love to go for the first time. Thank you for the opportunity! 🎄⛄🎄☃🤞😉

  20. We love this park!! So thankful the fires didn’t harm it too much and are glad they will continue this tradition of the Christmas train ride!

  21. I miss this! Used to do it with our school as a fundraiser, but now the school doesn’t do it anymore 🙁
    With a three year old obsessed with trains, this would be AMAZING!

  22. Ready

  23. We have been attending for several years now and the kids just live it !

  24. We took our son one year, and would love to come back with both of our kids!

  25. I love Irvine park. Thank you for the giveaway

  26. This is awesome! My daughter would love this!

  27. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! We love Irvine Park!!

  28. Took my son last year and had a blast. Can’t wait to do it again this year. Makes for a great Holiday Family Tradition!

  29. Would love to ride the Christmas train this year!

  30. That looks like a ton of fun!

  31. This looks so fun! Our family would love it!

  32. How fun! Haven’t visited during the Christmas season yet, this would be so fun! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  33. Hope this year i win, been trying for the last couple of years!!! thanks for the chance! 🙂

  34. I would love to win! My son is 2.5 years old and can’t wait to meet Santa. He’s been talking about him for the past few weeks. My daughter just turned one and would love this experience as well.

  35. My parents are flying from Virginia to California to spend Christmas with us this year! I would love to take the whole family! My kiddos are 2 and 4. Thank you!!

  36. Our family lives Irvine park! My daughter was there at the pumpkin patch the day before the fires began. We would LOVE to see the Christmas Train and visit Santa! Thank you Irvine Park!! ❤️

  37. I can’t wait to visit the Christmas event for the first time with my baby!

  38. This is always so fun! Thanks for the great post!

  39. I’ve always wanted to take my kids to do this!! ❤️😍

  40. What a great tradition! So glad the park is re-opening tomorrow!

  41. My family would love to win this generous prize!!!

  42. Would love to take my family!

  43. Looking forward to visiting for the 1st time at Christmas this year!! Winning would be extra special! Just had a new addition and would love to take my boy and baby girl!

  44. We would love to win!! Thanks for the contest!

  45. Looks Like Soooo much Fun!!!

  46. This would be so awesome!

  47. I can’t wait to take my niece and nephew! Trains and Santa! What a winning combo!!

  48. So glad the park is now open!❤️

  49. I love going every year. It’s become a tradition!

  50. Looking forward to it with my two little ones!

  51. My daughter would love this! Her birthday is Christmas Day! And, her new baby brother or sister is due Christmas Eve!

  52. Looks like a blast!

  53. Would love to win for my girls! They love train rides and what a perfect way to start new holiday traditions with them!

  54. Awe this would be wonderful..I love Christmas time and my kids love it more that they have began listening to Christmas music since July because that’s how much they love it. It’s been Christmas in July for us. They would be in awe to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

  55. We are so excited to have the opportunity to visit Irvine Park Railroad. The kids want to board the train and meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

  56. This looks like so much fun!

  57. It’s really just magical. I’d love to go again for the Christmas train 🚂! Thanks for the opportunity!

  58. We want to take our one year old on the Christmas train. What a fun family tradition!

  59. Sounds like so much fun, my 18 month old daughter would absolutely LOVE this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  60. This would be so much fun!! I would love to see Irvine Park all dressed up for the holidays. As my little ones get older, I try and keep the magic and spirit of Christmas alive so they keep believing. This would definitely help in keeping the spirit living on in their hearts!

  61. Fun memory making time!!!!!

  62. Would love to take our new baby!

  63. Looks like a great family trip! Would love to win, thank you for the opportunity!

  64. Looking forward to start new tradition with the family.

  65. Irvine Park is such a fun family tradition! My kids would enjoy this so much.

  66. I’d love to go. This might be the last year my oldest who is 12 will do the Santa thing. : (

  67. This looks like so much fun! I can not wait for the holidays!

  68. This is a family tradition for us and one of the highlights of our Christmas season every year!

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