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Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration

The Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration is a fun annual family event at Irvine Regional Park. Irvine Park Railroad was opened in 1996 as a way to expand activities and attractions for visitors to the park, and they’ve been chugging along ever since. The Railroad is one of Orange County’s most popular things to do among local families, and they are well known for their exciting seasonal events like the Easter Eggstravaganza, Annual Pumpkin Patch, and Christmas Train.

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration

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Where: Irvine Regional Park
Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Dates: February 24-25, 2024
Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Parking: $5 Per Vehicle

Admission & Tickets

Admission to the Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration is free. You’ll have to pay the $5 park entry fee, but there is no additional event admission. You will have to purchase tickets for the activities, though. For the anniversary celebration, guests are offered 1996 prices – just $2 per ticket for train rides, $2 for ice cream, and $2 for soda and hot dogs. Tickets purchased for or during the anniversary celebration are only valid the day of the event.


The anniversary celebration of course includes discounted train rides. Guests may also be able to participate in other activities like bounce houses, panning for gold, face painting, and games. Tickets may be required for additional activities.

Anniversary Celebration Raffle

Guests who make purchases at the anniversary celebration will receive raffle tickets for the chance to win awesome prizes. This year, prizes include activity tickets for the Easter Eggstravaganza, tickets for the Pumpkin Patch, the always coveted Christmas Train tickets, free train ride tickets, free paddle boat rentals, tickets to the OC Zoo, and a party pavilion rental with train tickets.

To enter the raffle, drop your ticket in the box for the prize of your choice. Winners are chosen at the end of the day and notified by phone.

Anniversary Celebration Tips

  • Tickets are available in person only. Arrive early to avoid long lines.
  • Leave the pups at home. Dogs are not allowed in the Anniversary Celebration area.
  • There is a full service snack bar on-site, but you can save money by packing a lunch.
  • After enjoying the Anniversary Celebration, you can visit the pony rides, the OC Zoo, the paddle boats and bike rentals, or playgrounds. The park also has a lake for fishing, horse rentals, and a nature center.

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Heidi Deal
Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights. When she's not writing you can find her solo hiking and going on new adventures with her kids and pup.