‘Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and stop at the North Pole. This year, passengers will remain seated on the train at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Clause will greet passengers from a safe distance as passengers remain seated.
This year, visitors will be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be no photos with Santa (including sitting on his lap). This is for the safety of our visitors as well as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and our staff.
Importantly, to help keep both passengers and our staff safe, please follow social distancing rules and wear a mask. Rules will be enforced.
The Christmas Train runs Nov. 26th – Dec. 23rd 2021
(Tickets must be purchased online only)
Weekdays 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Santa’s Village (Open 7 days a week)
Weekdays 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
IRVINE REGIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
Weekdays $3.00 per vehicle
Weekends $5.00 per vehicle
Holidays $7.00 per vehicle
Parking FREE after 6:00 pm
CHRISTMAS TRAIN TICKETS
Tickets for the 2021 Christmas Train will go on sale November 1st at 10:00 am.
Important Note: Regular train tickets, tokens, complimentary tickets, discount tickets, and/or coupons are not valid for the Christmas Train.
Christmas Train Activity Tickets
$6 Per Ticket - or - $75 Book of 15 Tickets ($15 Savings)
Santa’s Village is free to enter and located at the train station. Please note that if you were unable to purchase tickets to ride the Christmas Train, you are still able to come out and enjoy these fun holiday activities.
Christmas Train FAQs
Christmas Train tickets must be purchased in advance of riding the Christmas Train and can be purchased online only beginning November 2nd at 10:00 am. When tickets sell out for a specific date and time, there will be no additional tickets for sale (for that date and time).
On the night that you will be riding the Christmas Train, you will get in line and board the train at any time during the hour for which you have tickets. The train will stop at the North Pole, all passengers will remain seated while Santa and Mrs. Clause greet passengers from a safe distance before heading back to the train station.
Christmas Train tickets go on sale November 1st at 10:00 am and can be purchased online only. Tickets cannot be purchased in person or over the phone. Once tickets are sold out, tickets will not be available for that specific date or time.
Tickets will be emailed directly to you with your order confirmation. Tickets must be presented to board the train. You have the option to print the tickets or show them on your mobile device. If you purchased the tickets as part of a group, and you will arrive at the park at different times, we recommend that you print the tickets and give them to the members of your group prior to arriving at the park.
The train departs the train station several times during each hour. Once in line, you will board the train for the ride to the North Pole where passengers will remain seated while Santa and Mrs. Clause greet passengers from a safe distance before heading back to the train station.
Yes. The Christmas Train will sell out. Once tickets are sold out, you will be unable to purchase tickets to ride the Christmas Train.
Yes. Santa will greet you from a safe distance while the train is stopped at the North Pole. During this time all passengers will remain seated.
During past holiday seasons, visitors expressed their desire to purchase Christmas Train tickets online to guarantee that they would be able to ride the train on a specific date and at a specific time without having to wait in an excessive line. We listened and visitors can purchase tickets online. The one-time $10.00 online ticket fee (per order) is to cover the cost to sell tickets online. This fee has never increased.
A certain number of tickets are sold for each hour (ex. 5:00 – 6:00, 6:00 – 7:00). You are able to get in line and board the train any time during that hour. The train departs several times during that hour and you are guaranteed to board the train any time within that hour. Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, you may board the train just past the hour for which you purchased tickets.
No. Tickets for the Christmas Train are different tickets and must be purchased online and in advance of when you would like to visit. Regular train tickets, discounts, coupons, and special promotions are not valid for Christmas Train tickets.
The Christmas Train runs rain or shine. Irvine Park Railroad does our very best to make sure most areas are covered from inclement weather. We recommend bringing umbrellas or rain jackets as the train is not fully enclosed.
Should the Christmas Train close for any unforeseen reason, you will be contacted by email on the day that you are scheduled to ride the Christmas Train.
Tickets are valid only for the date and time your purchased. Irvine Park Railroad will do our best to accommodate late arrivals but cannot guarantee a spot on the train.
No. Please check the train ride page for the regular train hours of operation for the month of December.
No. Irvine Park Railroad does not sell Christmas trees.
No. Private parties are not allowed at the Christmas Train.
For private parties, consider reserving a Party Pavilion located adjacent to the train station and Christmas Train area. Additionally, other locations inside of the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Picnic benches around the train station are reserved for visitors who purchase food from the snack bar.
Yes. There is a full-service snack bar located at the train station that serves both hot and cold food.
Yes. Please check this page for hours.
No. Professional and/or staged photography and/or videography is prohibited at the Christmas Train.
Other activities At the park
while you’re here
Refund Policy: Irvine Park Railroad does not offer exchanges or refunds for Christmas Train tickets purchased. If the Christmas Train closes due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be notified by email on the date of the event. Additionally, there will be a message on our web site as well as on our Facebook page. The Christmas Train runs rain or shine.
All prices and information are subject to change without notice.
If you plan on riding the Christmas Train with family and friends, we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets via one transaction. There is a maximum of 50 tickets per order. If you purchased the tickets as part of a group, and you will arrive at the park at different times, we recommend that you print the tickets and give them to the members of your group prior to arriving at the park.
Professional Photography: Professional and/or commercial photography (including staged photography) and/or videography is strictly prohibited.
When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera, and arrive early to help avoid crowds.