Tag: pictures with Santa

Snoopy House

Image courtesy of costamesaca.gov
Image courtesy of costamesaca.gov

For the next few nights my family and I are taking in as many Christmas lights displays as possible unitl Christmas Eve. Tonight, I finally get the chance to take my children to visit the very poplar Snoopy House holiday display in Costa Mesa.

The Snoopy House has been a holiday tradition for 48 years, attracting an estimated 80,000 visitors annually. In 2011, with the fate of the Snoopy House in jeopardy, the City of Costa Mesa agreed to host the display and provide other assistance. This partnership with the Jordan family saved the holiday tradition, provided an even larger venue for it and additional features including nightly live music and free train rides for children.

Snoopy House, which features holiday scenes populated by “Peanuts” characters, is available for viewing from 5:30 to  9:00 pm. nightly through Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in front of Costa Mesa City Hall located at 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

You’ll also have the chance to get those last minute photos with Santa. Santa will make special visits every night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and families will receive free photos.

If get hungry or need a hot drink, nonprofit youth groups will be on hand as a fundraising opportunity selling beverages and snacks.


Tustin Tree Lighting

Image courtesy of City of Tustin facebook page
Image courtesy of City of Tustin facebook page

The City of Tustin 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the Tustin Library courtyard. Come celebrate with Santa at this very popular event.

The celebration includes dance performances, a Christmas sing-a-long, kids crafts and much more! Be sure to bring your camera for pictures with Santa and arrive early. Refreshments will be sold by Tustin Community Foundation.

  • When: Friday, December 4, 2105 at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Tustin Library Courtyard, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, CA 
  • Cost: FREE

Visit’s with Santa


wpid-2014-12-21_00.11.39.jpgIf your like me and put off your yearly visit with Santa, you might find this post very helpful. Yesterday, I made up for my procrastination with two visits with the jolly man.That’s right, not one but two and today is your last chance to get your Santa Pics at these locations.

Our day started out with an attempt to see the Nutcracker for Kids at the Newport Beach Library, which didn’t work out because they had at least 400 people show up an event with a capacity of 200. So, we regrouped and we moved on to Plan B. We took a short drive down the street to the Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.

I’m sure you are all aware of how much I love this nursery/decorating center.They have a gorgeous spot for pictures with Santa, so I didn’t mind waiting for Santa to show up at noon.


In addition to being surround by beautiful flowers and plants. The professional photographer let’s you know that is ok to use your own camera for pictures. He snaps his own photos and hands you a card with his website for an option to purchase his professional picture, absolutely no pressure.

Santa was very nice and gave the girls a Candy Cane and a bell (just like Polar Express, I love that movie). You can extend your afternoon by having lunch from one of food trucks or a hot cocoa/coffee from the mobile coffee truck then browse at all the gorgeous Christmas decorations.  Santa is there today from noon to 6pm.

Since, we weren’t far from Costa Mesa, we drove over to Costa Mesa for some Holiday Cheer at SOCO/the OC Mix. They had an outstanding looking Santa dressed in a vintage Santa suit. SOCO/The OC Mix actually provided us with a free 4 x 6 picture with an option to purchase more through a follow up email. He’ll be there today from 11:00 am until 3pm.


If your hungry – this is the place to be but that’s another post altogether. There were some crafts available for the kids and a kids coloring contest at SusieCakes that gets you a coupon for 3 free cupcakes for a future visit (their Red Velvet is AWESOME). Our last stop at OC Mix was to Granola Babies, an Eco Firendly Children’s Boutique, for an instore scavenger hunt. Your reward is 3 tickets redemable at N’iceCream for 3 FREE small ice creams (some absolutely delicitable organic gelato and sorbet, made fresh every morning).

So there you have it, two last chance FREE Santa photo options with plenty of perks for us parents. No time to waste – go out there today and get those FREE Santa Pics and don’t forget some free treats too.



Christmas Train

 Irvine Regional Park  will be ready to open their first annual Christmas Tree Ranch on Friday, November 28, 2014

Santa and his Train

Tis the season, once again, for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.


The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad.

 After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village.

Don’t forget to print and take these COUPONS  for Irvine Regional Park. 

Days & Hours
Christmas Train Christmas Train – 2014 Dates
$12.00 per person — Children age 24 months and younger ride free.

2014 Dates    Hours
November 28th – 29th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm.
November 30th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm
December 5th – 6th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm.
December 7th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm
December 12th 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.
December 13th – 14th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 1:00 pm.
December 15th – 19th 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.
December 20th – 21st 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 1:00 pm.
December 22nd – 23rd 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.


Christmas Train tickets may only be purchase online. A one-time, online ticket fee will apply to each order. Tickets may not be purchased in person. When you purchase tickets to ride the train at a specific time, you may pick your tickets up at the train station ticket window. Then, get in line and board the train at any time during the hour for which tickets are purchased. It is recommend to arrive at the top of the hour to board the train

For frequently asked questions regarding the Christmas Train, including details on purchasing tickets in person click here.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Cost to Ride the Christmas Train $12.00 per person ● Children age 24 months and younger ride free.
Children’s Coloring Page Children can print and color a Christmas coloring page.
Wish List for Santa Children can print and fill out a wish list to share with Santa Claus!

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869