Queen Mary decks its decks for the holidays; tree-lighting party December 9

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queen-mary-tree-lightingOn December 9, the Long Beach community and visitors are invited for the Queen Mary’s annual tree-lighting party starting at 4 p.m. with guests gathering at 7 p.m. to count down as Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and ship General Manager Uwe Roggenthien light up the holiday tree in what has become a Long Beach holiday tradition.

Queen Mary guests will also enjoy a dusting of snow, holiday carolers and steel drum band, and cookie decorating onboard every day and evening from Dec. 9 through Dec. 30.

Holiday celebrants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Long Beach Fire Department’s “Spark of Love” Holiday Toy Drive.

The Queen Mary tree-lighting event and parking are free, with holiday food and drink items available to purchase onboard. Dining reservations are recommended.

The Queen Mary also presents a Holiday Sunday Brunch featuring special guest Santa Claus beginning December 6. The brunch is suitable for guests of all ages with entertainment provided by traditional carolers. The lavish buffet-style breakfast takes place in the ship’s elegant Grand Salon, the ship’s original first-class dining room. Brunch hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and prices are $39 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 11. Parking is $5 with validation. Call (562) 499-1606 to reserve.

For more information, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queen’s Highway in Long Beach.

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