The Queen Mary Brings a "CHILL" to Southern California with New Holiday-Themed Winter Wonderland More Than Two Million Pounds of Ice Used to Create CHILL, a One-of-a-Kind West Coast Event
LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Known for its renowned events, the iconic Queen Mary presents CHILL, an experience that will bring cheer, enchantment and cold temperatures to Southern California just in time for the holiday season.
The only event of its kind on the West Coast, CHILL is a not-to-miss holiday event. Beginning Nov. 17, CHILL will offer a completely unique holiday experience featuring:
- The Ice Kingdom: Holiday-inspired scenes, made from more than two million pounds of sparkling ice, fill a 13,000 square-foot Igloo (Queen Mary's Dome) to bring a winter wonderland to Southern California. Featuring a walk-through Fairytale Castle, Ice Cave, Santa's Toyland, Nativity Scene and 24-foot-tall Queen Mary Ship and Slide, these exhibits are sure to mesmerize guests of all ages. Each exhibit is handmade and meticulously created by an international team of expert ice sculptors and enhanced with stunning lights and colors to create a visually enticing experience unlike no other. Kept at a very cool nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice, guests will be provided parkas to enjoy this spectacular event.
- Ice Tubing: Standing two stories tall and 100-feet long, guests can grab an oversized tube and race down a slide made completely of ice.
- Ice Skating: Enjoy a perfect Southern California day and feel the crisp Pacific Ocean air on your face while going on a yuletide glide at the Queen Mary's 6,500 square-foot ice rink. The majestic Queen Mary will provide a stunning backdrop for a winter tradition that is not to be missed.
- Holiday Zone: From decorating gingerbread houses and visiting Santa, to listening to holiday carolers and enjoying the dazzling decorations along Candy Lane, the Holiday Zone is sure to captivate young and old alike.
"With our warm local weather, it's sometimes hard to get into the holiday spirit. We're hoping that CHILL will change that, bringing cold-weather holiday festivities to residents and visitors like never before," said Steve Sheldon, director of entertainment events at The Queen Mary. "We are so excited for the Queen Mary to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Southern California."
CHILL will also feature live entertainment, food and beverages. CHILL's Holiday Zone is open to the public, and pricing for The Ice Kingdom starts at $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids, $9.95 for Ice Tubing and $9.95 + rentals for ice skating. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open seven-days-a-week beginning Nov. 17 through Jan. 6. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://queenmary.com/chill/.
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary's signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston's and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship's Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship's museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. 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 including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
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