Offbeat L.A.: Finding the Spirit- A Queen Mary Christmas

Three Drummers Drumming (photo by Elise Thompson)

With visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads and the smell of fresh pine, the holidays allow us to hit the pause button, celebrate, and remember to express our goodwill. The season, abuzz with so much activity, can make choosing events difficult, but The Queen Mary comes through once again this year by creating a little bit of Christmas magic in the majestic shadow of the now-docked historic ocean liner. It’s a family affair with sparkling lights, an outdoor ice rink, festive food, live performances and a little bit of old fashioned pizzaz. There are photo opportunities galore with giant gumdrops, nutcrackers, a 3-dimensional moon prop, sudsy soap snow flurries and a meet & great with Santa and his wife. A beautiful vintage style carousal is fun for all ages and so it is a little toy train trip. The ice skating rink is 6,000 square feet and comes with skate rental, so it pays off to be courageous and take a few slippery spins to burn off the abundance of sugary treats.

Queen Mary Christmasruns from Friday, November 29th, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Tickets start at $29. The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Queen Mary Carousel (photo by Elise Thompson)

Three Ladies in Velvet (photo by Elise Thompson)

Holiday Treats (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

One Nutcracker cracking (photo by Angie Richardson)

Children whiz by in a blur (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

An ice rink in the shadow of the ship (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The author trying her luck on the ice (photo by Angie Richardson)

Visions of sugar plums (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Sparkling lights make magic (photo by Angie Richardson)

Six Performers Performing (photo by Elise Thompson)

It’s Only a Paper Moon (photo by Angie Richardson)

Article originally published at the Los Angeles Beat on December 10, 2019.

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for more than half of her life. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 100 Offbeat L.A. articles, which she started in 2013 while writing for The Los Angeles Beat. She has also been published in the LA Weekly, Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also is a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. As part of the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other music sites. Nikki is currently working on her first novel. Please "like" the Offbeat L.A. Facebook page! For more Offbeat L.A. photos & adventures follow @Lunabeat on Instagram.
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