OC Christmas Train: Tickets on Sale

The Irvine Park Railroad is choo-choo-ing right into the holidays.

ONCE YOU BOARD A CHRISTMAS TRAIN... all sorts of minor seasonal stresses have a way of taking a few minutes off. You're not going over the various 39 lists you have going in your head (which, truth be told, could all be compiled in one mega giganto list, though that might overwhelm) and you're not fussing over that seasonal errand you meant to do last week but did not, because you had about a dozen other errands to do. It is just you, a light breeze, the movement of the train, and the general feeling of fa-la-la-ness in the air. That's because once a train goes, and you're on it, well, you're on it, and sitting back 'n savoring the ride is the only must-do to be done. But trains aren't too plentiful, and tot-sized trains are even less plentiful, except if you find yourself in Orange, at the Irvine Park Railroad, which is toot-tooting into its...

21ST CHRISTMAS TRAIN: Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 family-outing-ready to-do, a daily tradition that runs from the first day of December right through to Christmas Eve Eve (Dec. 23, of course). The "enchanting night ride" comes with a bevy of activities in its sweet satellite, from cookie decorating to ice fishing to carnival-type games, but meeting a certain Mr. Claus is the ho-ho-ho highlight for many visitors. Can you take your own photograph with the Jolly Old Elf? You sure can, or there will be snapshots for purchase taken by staffers. Will the snack bar on the grounds be serving up warm-up beverages like hot cocoa and coffee? Yes, for the final month of the year is known for being on the chilly side. For all the times choo-choo in this direction, but do keep in mind that this merry and long-running event can sell out well in advance. 

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