Ring in the holidays with these traditions


All aboard the Christmas Train

Irvine Park Railroad

Hop aboard the Christmas Train at the county’s first park for an enchanting night ride from Santa’s Village to the North Pole, where the kids can meet Santa and pose for pictures. On the ride back, enjoy Christmas lights, decorations and the magical “Tunnel of Lights.”

Irvine Park Railroad

Open daily through Dec. 23



Find a four-legged Christmas present

Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair

Bring home a furry friend for Christmas. Choose from 600 dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets from 30 rescue groups and shelters. All spayed, neutered, microchipped and evaluated by a vet. Suggested event donation: $2/person or $5/family.

Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair

Irvine Animal Care Center: 949-724-7740

10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Dec. 9 


Take a winter solstice nature hike

Upper Newport Bay

Learn about the year’s shortest day and longest night on this

winter solstice hike. OC Parks staff will explain this astronomical

phenomenon during the exact moment our planet tilts farthest away

from the sun (2:23 p.m. Dec. 21) during a refreshing 2-mile nature hike.

Registration required. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Upper Newport Bay

1–3 p.m. Dec. 21



Hello Kitty, Hello Santa

Sanrio Holiday Village at Tanaka Farms

Bundle up in your holiday sweaters and take a magical wagon ride to the Sanrio Holiday Village. Plenty of opportunities for photos of the kids with Santa, with Hello Kitty & Friends, and throughout the 30-acre working farm.

Sanrio Holiday Village at Tanaka Farms

Weekends through Dec. 16


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