Visit Santa at the North Pole! Irvine Park Railroad's 17th Annual Christmas Train- 2012

If you are looking more than just "pictures with Santa", you must check our the Irvine Park Railroad's Christmas Train to the North Pole! This is a fun festive event that the whole family will enjoy. As parents and children board the Christmas Train, you will immediately get into the holiday spirit--surrounded by lights, falling snow and holiday cheer.

As you near the North Pole, the lights are bright and the bells are ringing--you KNOW Santa is here! Santa welcomes the passengers in for hot cocoa, cookies, and some fun family pictures! Hands down, this is the best experience we have had with Santa in all of his visits to Orange County--it was an amazing night and a perfect kick off to a wonderful holiday season!

Once your little ones have given Santa their wish list and said their goodbyes until Christmas Eve, you are invited to  play some more at the North Pole--cookie decorating, bounce house jumping, and story time by Mrs. Clause.

You do not want to miss this event! The sooner the better to beat the crowds! Below is some information about the Irvine Park Railroad's 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. 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 open one hour prior to when the Christmas Train runs and include:


v  Story Time with Mrs. Claus

v  Christmas Cookie Decorating

v  Carnival Games

v  Santa Claus Moon Bounce

v  Christmas Coloring Corner

v  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 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.


Merry Christmas Everyone!


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