Experience a winter wonderland at the Queen Mary’s CHILL.
One of the most spectacular holiday events is back at the Long Beach seaside ship for another season of winter fun in sunny Southern California. Offering ice skating, ice tubing and a real-life ice kingdom, the Queen Mary’s port becomes a seaside Christmas village to explore with treats for everyone.
At CHILL, you get to stroll through an ice kingdom with polar temperatures housed inside the dome. Annually ice sculpture crafters chisel larger-than-life figures to tell stories; this year, we get to walk through one of the most beloved, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The incredible attention to detail makes for artistry that you can’t see anywhere else. Each of the ghosts of the Dickens fairytale come to life in gorgeous ways, like the awe-inspiring Ghost of Christmas Past. While they provide nice parkas for you to wear inside, it’s highly suggested to still be in long sleeves, pants and don’t forget gloves.
Outside, there is an ice-skating rink that’s 6,500 square feet, which is spacious for most rinks in the area during the holidays. If you’re up for some recreational skating with the family or with your date, this is the ideal spot. There are even cabanas next to the rink for downtime that are available for rent with sweet Christmas treat service specials, such as pizza, taco or slider feasts. Our fave part of the cabanas is definitely the candy and chocolate packages that come with cookies, caramel candy apples and fudge. If you’re older, there is bottle service and a full bar adjacent. More adult fun includes a very special ice bar in the ice kingdom that offers shot flights of your choice liquor. We recommend the Fire Jack Daniels.
More enjoyable activities are scattered about the North Pole village where you can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. If you think you’re too old for that you’re wrong, but you can also go play polar bear paintball or hop on the swinging sleighs. There is even a hidden enchanted hedge maze with fantastical surprises. There is an assortment of food offerings to pick from and even a place to build gingerbread houses with the kids. Nightly there are performances on stage and carolers throughout. You even get access to the Queen Mary ship, which is also decked out for the Christmastime event.
CHILL at the Queen Mary is truly a magical place to explore during the holidays with your loved ones –perfect for a date night, night with friends or family trip!
CHILL runs now-Nov. 29; Dec. 1-6; Dec. 8-Jan. 3; Jan. 7-10. For tickets and more information, visit queenmary.com/events/chill.