The Long Beach community and visitors are invited to celebrate the Queen Mary’s annual Christmas tree-lighting party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, the event will also pay tribute to local military, fire and police heroes.
Now in its 18th year, this family-friendly Long Beach tradition is free to attend and attracts hundreds of merrymakers looking to get into the holiday spirit. Along with complimentary refreshments and parking, guests will enjoy seasonal songs from roaming Victorian carolers and a preview of the ship’s new holiday light display. Additional sounds of the season will be provided by Coro De Los Cantos Bellos from Flowing Wells Junior High in Tucson, Arizona under the direction of Jose “Chach” Snook and accompanied by Dr. David Gale; and the International Children’s Choir of Long Beach and the 186th Street Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Stephen Bullard.
As guests gather in anticipation on the ship’s Sundeck at 6 p.m. Evolution Hospitality’s Regional Director of Operations Matt Greene will introduce the evening’s entertainment and special guests. Santa Claus will cue the tree lights at 7:15 p.m. with help from Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell and Long Beach Fire Chief Alan Patalano.
Parents are encouraged to bring a camera as children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa following the last musical performance. All attendees are encouraged to drop off one unwrapped children’s gift to support Toys for Tots, Sparks of Love and the Long Beach Toy Patrol (toy donations are requested, not mandatory).
To reserve complimentary tickets in advance, visit www.queenmarytreelighting.com. Early bird admission begins at 4 p.m. Parking for this event is free with validation.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. For more information, visit http://queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.