The Irvine Park Christmas Train will be open starting Friday, November 24 and run through Saturday, December 23, 2023. 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.
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Irvine Regional Park Christmas Train
Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park at the far east end of Jamboree Road in the foothills of Orange. The nearest major cross streets are Chapman Avenue and Jamboree Road.
Friday, November 24 – Saturday, December 23, 2023
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
It’s free to walk or ride a bike into Irvine Park.
Photos With Santa: $12 for each 5×7 photo or digital download (or use your own camera)
Christmas Train Tickets
Christmas Train Tickets are available Monday, November 6, 2023 at 10AM!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm hours: $20.00 per ticket
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm hour: $30.00 per ticket
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm hour: $35.00 per ticket
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm hour: $35.00 per ticket
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm hour: $30.00per ticket
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm hour: $25.00 per ticket
*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: $7.00 each
Book of 15 activity tickets: $90.00 ($15.00 savings)
(Activity tickets cannot be used to ride the Christmas Train)
Santa’s Villa 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.
- Story Time with Mrs. Claus
- Moon Bounce
- Cookie Decorating
- Ice Fishing
- Carnival Games
- Rudolph Racers
- Blizzard Ball
- Craft Corner
- Instagrammable Picture Scenes
- Food & Drinks
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
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