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Ho, Ho, Ho, The Christmas Train to Santa at Irvine Park Railroad is back this year!
**This event sells out every year**
Take some time to spend with the family in Santa's Village playing games, hearing a story from Mrs. Claus, decorating cookies and so much more.
Enjoy all of the activities before you board or after. You can event play in the village if you don't have tickets to see Santa!
Here are all the deets for this years event and also a surprise flash giveaway!
IRVINE PARK RAILROAD’S 24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TRAIN - 2019
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 ONLY and can be purchased beginning Monday, November 4th at 8:00 am; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com 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 be open when the Christmas Train runs and include:
At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn, hot pretzels, and cookies from Santa’s Snack Shop. A full kitchen menu is 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 frame 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.
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is open beginning Friday, November 29th through Sunday, December 23rd. Please visit our web site for hours and to purchase tickets.
The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $20.00 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 Anniversary Celebration, 4th Grade California History Education Program, Easter Eggstravaganza, Pumpkin Patch, Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and Christmas Train.
During the day, visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides.
Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park. The address is:
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend.
During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo and the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society.
As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year.
Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’ tall LED Christmas wreath, decorate and eat holiday cookies, enjoy holiday musical performances from professional mariachis, Dicken’s era-carolers, a harpist and even beatbox performers. Guests can enjoy the large-scale nativity located in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church as well as watch as the Mission holds its first official Christmas tree lightings of the season at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Additionally, 3:16 Bakery Shop and Las Golondrinas Mexican Food will be onsite selling savory and sweet tamales and beverages.
Crayola is a brand that we've used and have loved for over 30 years.
Three generations of using Crayola products, I guess you can say we are big fans.
The Crayola company is always coming up with new and entertaining ways to stay creative.
Thanks to JMP Creative for the invite out to experience some of what goes on behind the scenes on the production side of commercials and innovative products. All opinions are my own.
I was so excited to be part of a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating Crayola Glitter Dots at JMP Creative’s The Magic Workshop, an amazing wonderland for toy inventing, I can not wait to take my kids back!
I feel like this would be a great opportunity for my son who is on the Autism spectrum... sensory heaven!
A lot of effort, feedback, R & D and more goes into the development of everything on site that is produced.
From the fun ways to play and entertain our kids, well ourselves too, to the amazing effects to bring a commercial to life JMP Creative is on the cusp of it all making it happen.
I had a blast. The Crayola Glitter Dots Drop commercial reenactment was seriously the best. You can get a clip of it....
Queen Mary Brings Screams, Frights, Food, Side Shows and So Much More with Dark Harbor
Have you been to Dark Harbor? Their goal is to scare the SHIP out of you... they do an amazingly frightful job of it too.
One of my most favorite events each Halloween Haunt season is Dark Harbor. There is something about being on the ship that is creepy in itself and so intriguing.
I wanted to give you a run down on my favs, must see, tips and more...
1. There is fog everywhere. From the moment you walk in and all throughout the mazes. Lots of it.
2. Hundreds of monsters and ghouls waiting for you each night after an opening ceremony behind gates. They are everywhere, hinding, lurking and creeping in the shadows.
3. The mazes are awesome. Each one is so different and scary in it's own way. From on board the ship to a transformation in a dome tent, the setting is definitely set for horrors of all kinds to find you.
4. Sliders!! Not the food but the crazy creeps the come sliding towards you on their hands knees and bodies with sparks flying. Yes. Those Sliders are amazing. They have their own show, not to miss, but also linger around just to freak you out too.