Readers’ Funny Santa Photo Winners

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Our Funny Santa Photo Contest was so much fun I might have to make it an annual tradition. It was so hard to pick the winners, there were so many funny ones, but we had to choose. So here are our readers’ funny Santa photo winners with the descriptions from the moms on what was going on in their photos.  

Drum roll please…

First place winner of Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train and Activity Tickets goes to…

1st Place: Not So Hap-pee to See You Santa

“When I saw your current contest I knew I had to enter this photo. This is a photo of my older son Wright’s 2nd Christmas, and as you can see, in true toddler style, he was thrilled to be sitting on “scary Santa’s” lap. He was also completely soaking wet as his diaper didn’t quite hold up to the 30 minute wait for photos. Of course that was the day I decided to leave the diaper bag in the car. I guess I was hoping poor Santa wouldn’t notice but when I saw the photo I realized how obvious it all was. This photo now lives in infamy in my family’s memory!” ~ Anna-Marie 

The second place winner of the 4 tickets Pretend City Children’s Museum goes to…

2nd Place: Who’s Your Daddy?

“This picture is my youngest son Arsen Russell… He was 10 months old, and he had NO idea that it was his Dad in the Santa suit. Knowing this, make the picture SO much better!! Purely Terrified! I ended up using this photo as my Christmas/New Years Thank you Cards. Enjoy!” ~ Nora 


Third place and the winner of a $10 gift card to Target goes to…

3rd Place: The Bird

“My husband, son-Brady, and I live in Old Towne Orange. The Homegrown Farmers Market advertised that Santa would be there back in mid November (I know- early, right?). With my Christmas card in mind, I dressed Brady up and headed down to the Market. We walked up, I put Brady on Santa’s lap and then snapped this photo. Not only is his face super classic, but he’s actually slipping Santa the bird. And no- I did not pose him! 🙂 ” ~ Mandy 

And I just had to post these as well because they are hilarious…

You’re Not Going Anywhere Caroline

“This is our Santa picture from last year. Finn (1 1/2 in this pic) doesn’t know what is going on. Jack (almost 5) seems bored and Caroline (almost 3) has screamed so hard that she’s about to lose her hair bow. Basically, I physically held her
down on the stool, had the camera gal count to 3 and then I leaped out of the way so we could get this one picture.” ~ Kristen

Make the Best of It Mom 

“This picture pretty much sums up exactly how our Santa visit went! My 1 year old son, Cannon, was totally freaked out and screamed bloody murder- to which we all cracked up at. (So sad and funny that we totally get a laugh out of this!) My 2 year old daughter, Hunter Rose, was way too cool and into her little reindeer that she painted to talk to Santa! She proceeded to tell him she wanted a princess dress for Christmas while looking the opposite way. I popped my head in the picture to show that if I don’t woman up and paste a smile on my face then nobody’s gonna have any fun!! I’m almost 5 months pregnant, dizzy, hot and sick with “morning” sickness, but at least one of us was smiling!!” ~ Brandi

Nice Beard Santa!

“This was from last year when my son was 9 months old. He has no fear of this sweet Santa and was way more interesting in why he had this white stuff on his face. The Santa just played along and we got some awesome shots and loved it! We
haven’t tried to see Santa again this year, but I am hoping that he will remember him and enjoy the experience once again! Thanks!” ~ Lisa 

Bad Santa 

I think Santa’s face sticking out his tongue is almost as funny as the little cutie’s obvious protest of the Santa pic!

“My poor baby girl was terrified!  I plopped her in Santa’s lap and she screamed but was frozen and didn’t move an inch.   She hated every minute of it.  :)” ~ Maegan

Thank you so much to everyone that entered!  I hope these photos brought some joy into your day – I know they brought joy into mine!

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Christmas Train Ticket Giveaway

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Now that Thanksgiving is past, I feel like I am REALLY getting into the Christmas spirit, so I thought it fitting to kick off the week with this Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train ticket giveaway!

This is one of the best OC Christmas events for kids in my opinion.

Take your family for an enchanting night train ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus! The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole.

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time. When you arrive, you get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online, visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for details.

While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will open one hour prior to when the Christmas Train runs and include storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, carnival games, bounce house, coloring corner and picture stands

At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar. A full kitchen menu is also available at the train station.

Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad border and available for pickup shortly after being taken.

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 the station.

When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera and arrive early to avoid crowds.

Visit this Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train page online for dates and times the train is running, along with prices for the activities.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $10.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.

The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.

For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com.

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Irvine Park Railroad 2011 Christmas Train Giveaway!

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It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train! Take your family and friends and hop aboard for an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.

The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. It truly is a totally magical event for the kids. I have tickets to give away, make sure to enter below!

For those of you who haven’t been before, Christmas Train tickets may be purchased online to ride the train at a specific date and time. When you arrive you can then get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. You can also buy tickets in person.

While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Prices vary per activity. They open one hour prior to when the Christmas Train runs and include:

Story Time with Mrs. Claus * Christmas Cookie Decorating * Carnival Games * Santa Claus Moon Bounce
* Christmas Coloring Corner * Picture Stands

At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar.

Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad border and available for pickup shortly after being taken.

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 the station.

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Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train Giveaway

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Oh, aren’t giveaways just so much fun?!  The “Giveaway a Day” week continues with a giveaway of free tickets to this fun event! Read below and enter!

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 Santa’s Village.

Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to board the train between 5:00 – 6:00, 6:00 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:00 PM — then just get in line when it is your time to board the train.   This year tickets may be purchased online.  Click HERE to get yours!

While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station:  Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Santa Claus Moon Bounce, Christmas Coloring Corner and Picture Stands *.

At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn and cookies from the Elf House Snack Bar.  A full kitchen menu is also available at the Train Station. Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture 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 the station house.

When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera and arrive early to avoid crowds.  This is a very popular event, so it is a good idea to consider buying tickets early (online)  as some dates and times will definitely sell out.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.

For pricing, park directions and more details on this fun event, visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.

Here are the upcoming dates and times for the Christmas Train:

December 4th, 5th and 6th  – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 11th through 18th – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 19th and 20th – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky person will win 6 free train tickets ($8/ea) and 12 activity tickets ($4/ea) for a prize valued at $98, but equating to a priceless evening of family fun!  To enter, simply leave a comment below.  You can enter as many times as you would like, just have your entries in before 12pm PST on Tuesday, 12/8/09.  I will post the winner next Wednesday!  Good luck!

Click HERE to download a Wish List for your child to fill out to bring to Santa! Click HERE for a special Christmas coloring page!

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