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Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th Annual Christmas Train

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 www.irvineparkrailroad.com/ 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 open one hour prior to when the Christmas Train runs and include:

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

Prices for activities vary; for additional information and costs, visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com/.

At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar. A full kitchen menu is also 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 border 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 Fridays through Sundays Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. Please check http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/ for full dates and hours.  

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $10 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.

The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3 per vehicle on weekdays and $5 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5 p.m.

Annual Irvine Park Railroad events include the Christmas Train, Anniversary Celebration, Easter Eggstravaganza and Pumpkin Patch. 

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. 

For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com/.