Where to go see the fantastic displays of Christmas lights in Long Beach
2012-11-30 · By Barbara Holbrook
Have you gone to see one of the Long Beach Christmas parades this year? The colorful lights and cheery crowds are always a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holidays. When I really need a boost of Christmas spirit—say after 10 hours fighting crowds in the mall—there’s one activity guaranteed to make me feel festive again. Going to look at lights!
Now that Long Beach has a slight chill in the air, it’s the perfect time to go look at Christmas lights.
Whether you prefer to stroll the streets and get an up close view or drive the decorated avenues listening to a custom playlist of cheery tunes, there are several places to take in the awesome displays of holiday lights. If you’re looking for something to do tonight, try one of these popular destinations to see Christmas lights in Long Beach.
Lights on LB’s own “Christmas Tree Lane”
Don’t miss Daisy Avenue’s 23 decorated Christmas trees or the Christmas Village that adorns the median. Open all during the holiday season for carloads of cheery and peaceful holiday sightseeing (between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow). Musical entertainment is featured on weekends. For more information, call(562) 570-4450.
Tour the Christmas Lights on the Big Red Bus
The Big RED Bus is taking holiday revelers around Long Beach on their Christmas Light Cruises. Waterfront Holiday Lights Tours take place Sunday evenings and include the Ferris Wheel and an Irish Coffee Pub Stop. Reservations are strongly recommended because seats fill up fast and some tours are already booked. Call 562-852-9888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to reserve your seat.
Stroll the Christmas Lights of Naples
The houses around Naples Island put on one of the best displays of Christmas and Hanukkah lights in Southern California. Park in the Mothers’ Beach lot off of Appian Way, or in the marine lots east of Davis Bridge, Marine Stadium, and 54th & Bayshore. Then, take a stroll around the island to enjoy the seasonal light display. Information online at www.naplesca.org.
For an extra treat make a reservation to see the lights of Naples from a romantic ride on a Gondola. Grab a blanket and your honey, Gondola Getaway will provide the hot chocolate or you can bring your own if you prefer the bubbly. Call (562) 433-9595.
Festival of Lights in Downtown Long Beach
More than 30 businesses will join the holiday spirit this year by decorating for the season as part of the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) annual Festival of Lights promotion taking place from December 1 through 24. Visitors are encouraged to check out the participating businesses and vote for their favorite holiday display. Those who vote will be entered to win a $100 Downtown Prize Package. Click here for a walking map.
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