Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
That magical time of year is returning to Orange County when the Irvine Park Railroad decks the train and Santa arrives for the 23rd annual Christmas Train! I love the ambiance created by the twinkle lights, trees, and a train that takes you to Santa. All my childhood dreams of riding on a real life Polar Express come true and it's magical!

The Christmas Train isn't just for Christmas loving adults, the kids love it too! It's such a wonderful Christmas tradition to have as a family. I love to see how excited my kids are to visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes. He is definitely the best Santa in Orange County. You can take pictures with Santa using your own camera, or you can purchase a 5x7" photo taken by the Irvine Park Railroad.

Some helpful tips you'll want to remember when 
coming to ride the Christmas Train: 

This is the only way to purchase tickets. Dates and times sell out quickly, so get your tickets as soon as you can! They go on sale at on November 1, 2018 this year, so set your alarm!

If you arrive early then you can avoid the crowds and get a good place in line. Plus, you won't be rushed and stressed out! The line to get into the Irvine Regional Park can get busy on the weekends, so make sure you allow extra time for that too.

It can get chilly at the North Pole and you don't want to be left shivering. So be sure to dress in layers and don't forget a your scarf. I also recommend close toed shoes to keep your feet warm and cozy!

There are so many great photo opportunities that you'll be kicking yourself if you don't bring a camera to catch them all. I love trying to take pictures at all the same spots each year so that I can compare my kids' growth over the year.

There are lots of yummy treats available for purchase! At the North Pole you can purchase hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, hot pretzels and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar. The full kitchen menu is also available at the train station.

One of my favorite parts of the evening is the twinkle lights tunnel. It is so cool! I could drive through it over and over again. When you return to the train station after your visit to the North Pole, you'll want to make sure you have time for Santa's Village.

There are a lot fun activities and fun to be had at Santa's Village. You can do them when the train returns you to the station or you can come early and enjoy them before. My kids love decorating the Christmas cookies and playing the fun carnival games and winning prizes. And everyone is a winner, so you never leave empty handed!

Activities during the Christmas Train include:
Story Time with Mrs. Claus (FREE!)
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Ice Fishing
Carnival Games
Santa Claus Moon Bounce
Blizzard Ball
Christmas Coloring Corner (FREE!)
Picture Stands (FREE!)

{Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train}
1 Irvine Park Drive
Orange, CA 92869

2018 Christmas Train Tickets
November 30th - December 23rd
$15.00 per person
Children younger than 24 months ride free
(Parking is $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends, and free after 5:00 p.m.)
 And because the people at the Irvine Park Railroad are so awesome,
they are giving away a Christmas Train  prize package to one of my readers!

One lucky winner will receive:
*4 Christmas Train tickets
*6 activity tickets
*1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental

Enter using Rafflecopter below!


Elizabeth said...

Hello, I would love to win some tickets. My grandson lives in Aliso Viejo with his dad. What a great visit it could be. I would love to surprise them!

Our favorite tradition is, after Church services on Christmas Eve, we drive around and look at the lights. Sometimes we caravan because there are so many of us. One of our first stop is always The Night Before Christmas. A a number of residence on 55th Street each has a page of the book along with light displays. We always park and walk it as the grands read the story. They always seem to find Santa and has been a tradition for at least 15 years. Then around 2010 we added a stop to our friends house who lives on Candy Cane Lane (It's really Vista Lane) where some of the grands enjoyed passing out candy cane to the long line of cars that go up and down the court.

Bo said...

We love to decorate the Christmas tree together! Every holiday we go on, we purchase an ornament so decorating the tree is a wonderful walk down memory lane!


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