Today, you should… view holiday lights, cable car style


We’re not sure what it is exactly that makes us love twinkling light displays so much, regardless, it’s a beautiful holiday viewing staple. Whether you prefer taking in all bright holiday lights at a walking pace, or through the windshield of your (heated) car, we know you’re planning on seeing some seasonal lights. But this year, why walk or drive, when you can ride?

The classic San Francisco-style cable car, Long Beach Trolley, is offering guided holiday lights tours throughout Naples until the end of the month. The 30-minute waterfront tour will transport passengers by the iconic floating Christmas trees in Alamitos Bay and through all the most dazzling lit-up homes in Naples.

Sit back and relax with a cup of hot cocoa and a soft sugar cookie while a tour guide (lightly) narrates the scene. Make the whole experience feel even more festive by donning the souvenir Santa hat included in your ticket and sing along to the Christmas anthems they’ll have playing through the speakers. While you’re at it, see if you can egg on your tour guide to join in on the action.

Another great thing: While a $30 ticket ($20 for children, 12 and under) may seem a little steep, Groupon discount tickets are available (some tickets are almost half off). You can also get $5 off your ticket if you spend $20 or more at Legends Sports Bar and Grill (you’ll need to show them your receipt).

Giving us a moment’s pause: If you’re tone deaf, maybe reconsider the whole singing along thing.

The Long Beach Trolley Waterfront Holiday Lights Tour will be ongoing all month long until Monday, Dec. 30. The first of the six available tour sessions begins at 5:15 p.m. The pick-up and drop-off location is at Legends Sports Bar and Restaurant; 5236 E. 2nd St. For more information or to buy your tickets, click here.

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.