Every year, the Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park in Orange transforms the grounds into a Winter Wonderland. The train is donned with Christmas decorations, and Santa’s Village comes alive with festive activities for the whole family. Guests will travel by train to the North Pole where boys and girls will meet with Santa and tell him how good they’ve been all year and all the goodies they have on their Christmas lists. After a visit with Santa, guests will climb back aboard the train and travel through the Tunnel of Lights back to the main train station to enjoy more fun at Santa’s Village.
Irvine Park Santa’s Village Activities
Before or after your trip to the North Pole, enjoy the many activities at Santa’s Village. Most activities will require 1 ticket per person. Kids can jump for 10 minutes in the holiday-themed moon bounce, and kids ages 5 – 7 can climb aboard the Rudolph Racers. Stop by the cookie booth to decorate your own Christmas cookie and enjoy eating the sweet treat. Kids will enjoy Ice Fishing, Blizzard Ball, and Carnival Games where everyone wins a prize.
There are free activities in Santa’s Village, too. Guests are invited to join Mrs. Claus for story time and to sing songs together. Take a seat at the coloring corner and choose a picture (or two) to color and take home. There are also holiday themed photo stands throughout Santa’s Village where families can capture memories of their winter fun at the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train.
There is a snack bar at the train depot and a snack shack at the North Pole for visitors to purchase food and drinks during their visit.
Christmas Train Details
Weekdays 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Park Entrance per vehicle: Weekdays – $3, Weekends – $5, Holidays – $7
Train Tickets: $20 per person (Ages 24 months and under are free); $17 per ticket for 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Photos With Santa: $10 for each 5×7 photo (or use your own camera)
*Christmas Train tickets must be purchased online prior to your visit. Tickets are only valid for the date and time shown on your purchased ticket.
Santa’s Village Tickets
Activity Tickets: $6 each
Book of 15 Activity Tickets: $75
Most activities are 1 ticket each
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Other Activities at Irvine Regional Park
If you plan on spending the day at the park, enjoy one of these other activities located near the Christmas Train:
Pony Rides: $5 per child – Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Orange County Zoo: $2 per person ages 3 and up. Weekends 10:00 – 4:30; Weekdays 10:00 – 3:30
Wheel Fun Rentals: 10:00 – 4:00 Bike rentals $10 – $40 per hour; Paddle Boats $20 per half-hour
More Holiday Events:
- Winterfest at Chapman University
- Villa Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Orange Park Acres Tree Lighting Ceremony
- VP Santa Tour on a Fire Truck
- Villa Park Winter Wonderland
- Villa Park Boat Parade
- Christmas at the OC Zoo
- Winter Fest
- Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival
- Turkey Trots in Orange County
- Turkeys on Trails 5K/10K
- Elves on Trails 5K/1/2 Marathon
- Event Calendar