Irvine Park Christmas

California Christmas






One of Orange County, California's largest and most fun trains rolls into Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange each year for the annual Santa's Village.

Orange, California--Family holiday fun is around the bend in Southern California's Irvine Regional Park. It’s the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train, an event that includes a ride through a beautiful park, activities for the kids and  visits with Santa Claus.


Come with family and friends and take an enchanting evening ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus, who is dutifully cheerful and perfectly staged for great Christmas photos. Departing the Train Station, passengers journey to Santa’s Village where they meet Santa Claus and have an opportunity to present Santa with their Christmas lists.

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased in advance to board the train at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 or 8:00 PM -- get in line when it is your time to board the train. And, while waiting for your boarding time, there are holiday activities for children to enjoy in the Party Pavilions located next to the train station. Among the engaging hands-on things to see and do are Christmas-themed crafts, stories and romp & play games for the kids. Here are some of them:

▪ Story Time with Mrs. Claus
▪ Christmas Coloring
▪ Picture Stands



▪ Christmas Cookie Decorating
▪ Moon Bounce

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

At Santa’s Village, 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 can purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad.

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 house.

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 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the following dates: TBA

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 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.

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

Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park.

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit





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