Friday, December 19, 2014

Family Holiday Fun - Christmas Train

Being relatively new to Orange County means that I am still learning about all the hidden gems that are available to me. I'm even more unaware of all the family fun activities to do with my little ones.  So, when my friend M. insisted that I go to the Christmas Train in Irvine I was a bit hesitant.  The boys are so little they don't have a clue what is going on and while I did want a picture with Santa, did I really want to go on a full blown family outing to get one...the answer was, "Sure, why not". M. assured me this was a night not to be missed, especially since we were getting VIP tickets which meant a much smaller crowd.  I was IN!  

As soon as we pulled up, I could feel the magic taking over my body.  As a firm believer in Santa, I was overcome with excitement to board the train to his village and say hello. We arrived for the first ride to the North Pole and climbed in as the lights sparkled all around us. Alllllllll abooooooaard!

As the train made its way through the park, I had a smile from ear to ear as my little boys were mesmerized by the millions of twinkling lights all around them. 

Don't think for a second I didn't have a nice hot cup of cocoa at this table after seeing Santa!
We passed the Christmas Tree Farm...

Made plans to stop and decorate a cookie after seeing, "The Big Guy"...

 Entered a magical cave of lights...

Then....Clarke and J.R. sat on Santa's lap and asked for peace on Earth...and for their mommy to stay home with them each day and no longer have to go to work...we'll see if he delivers on that one...

The train was not only a great way to travel, but it was absolutely beautiful! There was not a tree branch left unlit.  After visiting Santa, we enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies all while basking in the warm glow of Christmas cheer.  It was a lovely way to welcome the holidays and I can't thank M enough for thinking of us.  Good lookin' out girl!!

This will surely be our yearly tradition and I can't wait for the boys to get older and get as excited as their mommy! What Christmas traditions does your family enjoy? Starting any new ones this year?

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