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Our 16th Year Celebrating Christmas at Irvine Park Railroad

We visited as a guest of the venue

Sixteen years ago, we had just adopted our first born son and started the holiday family tradition of bringing our kids to the Santa Train at Irvine Park Railroad. Over the years, I always thought that our children would at one time outgrow the tradition, but every year they ask to return to create more memories together.

This year was extra special, as we visited on my birthday. Our family all went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot. I know? There are so many delicious dining options in Orange County, but I love cheese ~ what can I say?

After dinner, we drove over to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Santa Train to the North Pole. We had a 7 pm train ride and arrived just in time to board the train before the engineer blew his whistle. As we rode the train to the North Pole, we enjoyed listening to holiday music and admired all the beautiful twinkling lights that adorn all the trees throughout the park.

As we arrived at the North Pole, we got in line to visit Santa. As my kids approached Santa, they all took a chance to sit on his lap and whisper into his ear what they wanted for Christmas. They then gave Santa their Christmas wish list, and we captured a keepsake photo to remember the night forever.

We got a cup of hot cocoa and cookie to enjoy while riding the train back to the station. At the train station, our kids then participated in some interactive games (the fishing game is their favorite) and then listening to story time with Mrs. Claus.

We captured some more photos of the kids with some of the festive photo backdrops before getting in the car to return home.

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is currently sold out for this year, but I encourage parents to purchase their tickets early (in early November) before they sell out. As the years have gone by, it has been more and more popular for families to visit during the holiday season.

Learn more about all the upcoming events happening at Irvine Park Railroad online and on their Facebook page.

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