Queen Mary opts for on-board Christmas event over CHILL ice adventure park

The yearly winter wonderland known as CHILL has been iced this year in favor of a more low-key event: Queen Mary Christmas.

Rather than taking over the parking lot outside the historic ship, the event will bring people on-board where they will explore a gingerbread village and stocking shop and see a 4-D showing of Polar Express.

While the event won’t feature a giant igloo with two million pounds of ice, a two-story ice slide or ice bumper cars like in previous years of CHILL, it will still have an ice skating rink on the sport deck of the ship.

The CHILL event, which started in 2012, has always been an extravagant affair, with last year’s event exploring the food and traditions of seven regions in the world.

But this year will be much more intimate, featuring a meet and greet with Santa in his Captain’s Quarters and storytime with the Missus. Guests are promised to have entertainment while strolling down the tree-lined decks. They can also celebrate the season each day with a nightly tree-lighting ceremony.

The cost is $22 for adults and $16 for children ages 4-11. The attraction runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6.





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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.