The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

irvine-park-railroad-christmas-train-holiday-eventit’s my favorite time of year, i just love the holidays. i love doing all the Christmas traditions we have started over the years with my boys. one of our family’s most favorite traditions is going to the Irvine Park Railroad and riding the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train. we have been riding the Christmas train for the last 5 years. it’s a magical experience for everyone, especially for the little ones who love trains and are excited to meet Santa Claus. riding the Christmas Train to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus is really exciting for them. irvine-park-railroad-christmas-trainirvine-park-railroad-christmas-traineverybody boards the Christmas Train and a journey to the North Pole, once you arrive, you can purchase hot chocolate, cookies or popcorn while you wait for your turn to see Santa Claus. when it is your turn to meet Santa, get ready to take a photo with him, and give your wish lists to Santa. this is our family photo from last year. irvine-park-railroad-santa when you arrive back at the Irvine Park Railroad train depot, walk through a wonderland of lighted Christmas Trees, play in a holiday maze, and check out the Christmas house, where you can also purchase holiday treats. plus there are lots of places for photo ops. irvine-park-railroad-christmas you can also enjoy a special story time with Mrs. Claus (no additional charge) or purchase activity tickets to decorate sugar cookies, play carnival games, jump in the bouncy house or get your face painted. irvine-park-railroad-santa-mrs-claus

we even took a family #selfie in the Christmas house. it’s always wonderful evening of family fun.

irvine-park-railroad-house if you would like to visit the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train, you must order your ticket ONLINE. it begins running on December 1st through the 23rd, 2016. and when you do visit the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train, make sure to tag them in your Facebook, twitter and instagam posts! they love to see your photos. irvine-park-railroad-instagram Giveaway+1 one of my lucky readers will  win a 4-pack of Christmas train tickets, 6 activity tickets, and 1 Fun Wheel Rentals Double Surrey rental (value of $113.00)!!!  the winner will be chosen at random. please enter below by leaving a comment AND via rafflecopter. contest ends thursday, november 10, 2016 at midnight. good luck!

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{disclaimer: i received complimentary tickets for may family to enjoy the Christmas Train. we would have gone either way….all thoughts and opinions are a bazillion times my own. we love the Christmas Train. }

Family Traditions at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patchahhh! it’s October….one of my favorite months of the year. every since i had my first son, i have looked forward to this month. i absolutely love fall events and pumpkin patches.  last weekend the boys and i visited one of my favorites and in my opinion, the best pumpkin patches in Orange County…the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. it has been a tradition of our family to visit it every year. such a nice and relaxing family outing, and we always have a great time.

of course i made the boys pose for many photos. the older boys were good sports and made sure little Vann got to have the same experiences at this pumpkin patch that they had when they were little. next year they will have a little sister to introduce to the pumpkin patch. so exciting!

fun_orange_county_halloween_signsi just love the fun photo props you can take photos with throughout the patch.Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Cute Photo BackdropsIrvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch TrainIrvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Fun Photosone thing that i love about the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is that we know what to expect and we get a wonderful quality day at the patch. the pumpkins are really amazing this year with a great choice in sizes, and also great big stems. and you must ride the train during this time of year. it drives through the pumpkin patch which puts me in the mood for fall….and  even though it’s been very hot here in the OC, it still did the trick this year.

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we also like to do some of the activities at the pumpkin patch. there are bounce houses, cookie decorating, hay rides, train rides, games, panning for gold, tractor rides and more. we always go the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch multiple time a year, so we like to do few different activities each time we come. this time the boys played some games…

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Ring A PumpkinIrvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Ring Toss Gamethis little guy was thrilled to have his brother win him a pumpkin and a stuffed toy!

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then Vann really wanted to drive the John Deere tractors. i remember how excited my older boys were to drive them when they were Vann’s age.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Tractors

plus, we always have to run through the hay maze. the maze, the haunted house, and the photo props are all FREE to enjoy in the patch.

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the the whole family joined in on taking a hayride though the park. this is great for all ages. from the littlest kids to the grandparents.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Hay Ride

this year, the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch had a contest for the biggest pumpkin. the winners are on display and you can check them out. these giant pumpkins were pretty amazing, and the winner received $2,500.Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Contestfinally, we had to make sure we visited the pumpkin measuring sticks to take the boys annual photos. i have been taking their photos here since they were babies and it’s fun to look back at photos from years past to see how much they have grown and changed each year.

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it ended up being the perfect visit to the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, and we were very happy that we were able to share the experience with our loved grandpa and grandmas. if you are able to get down to the pumpkin patch this year, i highly recommend Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. it’s been there throughout the years making memories for many families like mine, and i look forward to more memories in the future.Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 2014


we are so excited because today the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza opens for the season! it has to be one of our family’s most favorite Easter activities to do in Orange County. there are fun spring activities around every corner such as Easter egg hunts, hayrides, face painting and of course the train.


there are adorable photo opportunities all around the railroad. hopefully your kiddies will take better pictures than mine LOL!


and you can’t leave without decorating a giant sugar cookie. YUM YUM


the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza is fun for the whole family and just the thing to get you in the mood for spring. looking back through all my photos, we have memories from visiting every spring. my kids have been going since they were babies. the Irvine Park Railroad will always hold a special place in my heart.

wanna go? here’s the info….

march 29th – april 19th
open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
weekdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 
(714) 973-6847 •
located inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange.
Parking is $3 per vehicle on weekdays and $5 per vehicle on weekends.

$5.00 each ● 12 months and younger FREE!
book of 15 Tickets: $60.00 ● $10.00 savings!

• meet the Easter Bunny $10.00 (includes picture)
• picture stands free
• train rides – 1 ticket
• hay rides – 1 ticket
• bounce house – 1 ticket
• egg hunt – 1 ticket
• face painting – 2 tickets
• cookie decorating – 1 tickets
• carnival games – 1 ticket
• meet the easter bunny w/picture – $10
• pony rides – $4

and if that isn’t enough, you can visit the OC Zoo, or you can head over to the lake and rent a paddle boat, surrey or one of the many fun bikes at Fun Wheel Rentals. wow…i am already getting excited. before you head over to the railroad, click here for some great coupons!

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is Open for Fall

Happy Fall! and nothing says fall more than pumpkin patches and running through hay mazes.


it’s no secret that we love the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. i post about it every year…and while trying to put together this post, i found that we had been to this favorite Orange County Pumpkin Patch over 10 times just last year. i had over 330 photos to choose from…thus all the different outfits we are wearing the pictures below. ahh, the memories…it’s so much fun to visit pumpkin patches in the fall.

well, we are happy to announce that the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is NOW OPEN!  (make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for the chance to win tickets.)


what i love about the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is that no matter how many time you go during the season, no two times are the same. there is so many different activities to do, that each time you go, you can do something different. but, we ALWAYS ride the train. it has always been a favorite of my boys…especially when they were  the ages 1-5 years old.


and we ALWAYS  get measured on the  giant pumpkin patch ruler. it is so fun to see how the kids have grown each year.


you can visit the (semi-spooky) Haunted House….


or take a hayride around the park. this is one of my favorite things to do.


the boys like to decorate Halloween cookies at the cookie booth. they like lots of frosting and lots of sprinkles.


you can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin. we have guessed every year…but haven’t been right yet.



there are also other things to do at the Pumpkin Patch such at the bouncey house, mini John Deere Tractor rides and pony rides, but i just couldn’t show everything LOL. and we usually run amongst the pumpkins. there are many different varieties around the patch.


we picked out this pumpkin last year.

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and before we leave, we sometimes get treats from the concession tent like our favorite cotton candy. yum!


The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is now open everyday from September 21st through October 31st. for more information about the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, head over to their website.


17th Anniversary Celebration at Irvine Park Railroad $2 tickets!

Irvine Park Railroad 17th Anniversary Celebration this event will be held on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. and Irvine Park is rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides. even activities are $2.00 per ticket and concessions too.
this event is Irvine Park Railroad’s way of thanking the many visitors who have ridden the train and attended our events for the past 16 + years.
17th Anniversary at Irvine Park Railroad 
Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th
all tickets $2
1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 
(714) 973-6847 •
located inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Parking is $3 per vehicle on weekdays and $5 per vehicle on weekends.