Victorian lights deck the halls of the Queen Mary
2010-11-29 · By Editor
On Dec. 1, the Long Beach community and visitors are invited to celebrate the holidays at the Queen Mary’s annual tree-lighting party. Now in its 17th year, the family-friendly event begins at 4 p.m. with guests gathering at 7 p.m. in anticipation of the sparkling display. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and ship General Manager Uwe Roggenthien will cue the tree lights at 7:15 p.m.
Adding to the Queen Mary’s holiday glow will be 24 Victorian-themed LED light displays. Silhouettes six to eight feet high, including horses, carriages, lamplighters and carolers, will “promenade” amid Victorian mansions, churches, and street lanterns on the Queen Mary’s expansive Sundeck. The Dickens storybook setting will be rounded out by snow, live carolers, additional entertainment, plenty of warm drinks and treats, and a visit from Santa.
Also in Long Beach that evening, Mayor Bob Foster, the Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau will participate in an international event designed to raise awareness and support for the fight to eliminate AIDS by turning downtown (Long Beach) RED. More than 25,000 LED lights with several of downtown Long Beach’s most notable architectural structures will be illuminated in red lights. Participating downtown Long Beach restaurants will also donate a portion of their evening’s revenue on December 1 to four nonprofit organizations: Long Beach AIDS Foundation, Wells House Hospice Foundation, The Center’s HIV Counseling and Testing Program, and Long Beach C.A.R.E. Program. Don’t miss the official After Party at SIP Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel, starting at 8 p.m. For more information on (Long Beach) RED, visit www.longbeachred.com.
The Queen Mary tree-lighting event and parking are free. Stacks, the ship’s signature gift shop, will remain open until 8 p.m. every night in December, and restaurants will feature holiday menus and themed drink specials. Dining reservations are recommended.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queen’s Highway in Long Beach. For more information, visit the Queen Mary website or call (800) 437-2934.
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. Its award-winning restaurants include the signature Sir Winston’s as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000 square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including eight full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. For more or for reservations, visit the Queen Mary website or call (800) 437-2934.