Last night the Queen Mary kicked off it's fourth annual Chill event, creating a winter wonderland in Long Beach. Once again guests can experience ice skating with the majestic Queen Mary as a backdrop; visit Santa and see if they've made it onto the "nice list;" and of course visit the Ice Kingdom where over two million pounds of ice have been hand-carved into larger than life ice sculptures.
Having visited Chill since it's inception, I have to say that they have really outdone themselves this time! First off, this year's theme for the Ice Kingdom brings Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale to life through breathtaking ice sculptures of scenes from A Christmas Carol. We oohed and ahhed all the way through before reaching the end where we were able to slide down an icy 30 foot replica of the Queen Mary. Just above the mini Mary sits the all new Holiday Ice Bar where guests over 21 can partake in a variety of Vodka cocktails making it literally the coolest place to be.
Outside the Ice Kingdom we enjoyed ice tubing at the two-story Glacier Glide and ice skating near the holiday village. When our tummies started growling, we had plenty of treats to choose from. Tacos, hamburgers, kettle corn, and funnel cake were just some of the delicious offerings but we decided to take a break in one of the many cozy VIP cabanas surrounding the ice skating rink and let the food come to us while we were entertained by strolling performers.
When we regained our energy we took on Yetis in defense of Santa's candy in an epic paintball adventure, another new feature at Chill. We made it out just in time to catch the tree-lighting ceremony with Santa. Some special guests from Red Bull dropped in, making the night extra special.
I can't say enough what a unique experience Chill is, being in Southern California. My family and I look forward to it every year. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it. And if you've been before, you must go see the new features and attractions and see why I say it gets better every year.
CHILL pricing starts at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, Ice Tubing, CHILL Village and access to the Queen Mary ship. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open select dates Nov. 20 through Jan. 10. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.