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Irvine Regional Park is home to the Irvine Park Railroad which hosts regular and holiday themed rides through the park. We love forward to this every year - especially the Christmas Train which includes a ride through the holiday lights to see Santa. Currently the park is hosting a pumpkin patch with hayrides, face painting and haunted house among other seasonal activites. The park is also home to the Orange County Zoo. It is a great place for a family picnic or birthday party but go early because this park can definitely get crowded.

Margaret P.
I highly recommend Irvine Park Railroad; their events are the best in Orange County. I just received (via Twitter!) the information on their pumpkin patch which I'll share below. This event grows every year and they have new attractions for this year too. The events always exceed my expectations and those of my children too. Irvine Park Railroad’s 4th annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the pumpkin patch which is open daily at 10:00 am beginning September 19th through November 1st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The pumpkin patch is located in Locomotive Loop just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill Locomotive Loop. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin! This year’s pumpkin patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, John Deere tractor racers, face painting (weekends only), picture stands, great food and The Orange County Zoo. Admission into the pumpkin patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary; please visit for additional information and costs. Irvine Park Railroad welcomes schools and groups. Please visit or call (714) 997-3968 for school and group information. Irvine Park Railroad’s annual events include the Anniversary Celebration, Easter Eggstravaganza, Pumpkin Patch, and Christmas Train. For pricing, park directions, and complete details, please visit
Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! The pumpkin patch opens daily at 10:00 am beginning September 20th through November 2nd. Activities include train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, face painting (weekends only), picture stands, the Orange County Zoo, and a lot more. Admission into the pumpkin patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary. School and group discounts available. For additional information and costs, please visit Resource_Mom and Miriam... we hope that you'll be able to make it to the Pumpkin Patch this year!
Miriam P.
Our family loves Irvine Park Railroad! We have been visiting the railroad for several years now and every December look foward to the Christmas train ride. While the night-time ride is one of the highlights, Santa Claus is always a hit with our children. Our children talk to Santa Claus and the staff usually has to escort our children off of Santa's sleigh; they'd visit with him for hours if we allowed them to! The Christmas light show is beautiful, the staff must start putting up Christmas lights in August. Santa's helpers are extremely friendly with the children too. If you have the opportunity, visit Irvine Park Railroad and ride the Christmas train!
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