If you love the holidays, historic places and old-timey fun then you will have a great time at the Queen Mary Christmas. From now until January 6, 2019, the Queen Mary is all decked out with vintage holiday decorations and stocked with fun activities for families.
I took my two teenage boys with me to a media preview and we had a great time ice skating, making stockings and taking in all of the decorations on the historic Queen Mary. We began by walking through the canopy of lights.
Then we went to the Gingerbread Village and 4-d Theatre to make our own houses. We were given a bag with pieces to make a small house plus frosting, a piping bag and candy to decorate.
I would show you a picture of my finished house, but let’s just say, decorating isn’t my thing. After that we roamed the ship and enjoyed the entertainment. There was an incredible, strolling a cappella group that sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and a dance troupe that performed in the main hall.
You can’t have a Christmas party without Santa so we headed to Santa’s Captain’s Quarters to make stockings and chat with a jolly Santa Claus.
Eventually, we made it up to the Sports Deck for the True North Ice Skating Rink. The rink has a gorgeous view of Long Beach and is just the right size for new skaters. We had a blast.
This isn’t even half of the activities you can do at Queen Mary Christmas. Every night, they have a tree lighting ceremony, there are story times and other special holiday events.
If you’re going to the Queen Mary Christmas I suggest making a day of it. The tours are really interesting and a great way for the kids to learn a little something (or scare them during the ghost tour).
Back in the day, the Queen Mary was bigger and faster than the Titanic, serving as a luxury liner in the 30s for Hollywood stars and British royalty. When World War Il broke out it became a troopship carrying thousands of soldiers. After the war, it went back to being cruise ship until the city of Long Beach bought it in the 60s.
You’ll find that parts of the ship have been kept the way it looked way back when and it’s fun to see the old photos from the ship’s heyday.
Here’s Pricing information for the holidays, some of which include tours of the ship.
- General Holiday Admission tickets start online at $22 for adults and $16 for children.
- Each General Holiday Admission ticket includes general admission entry, Ship Model Gallery & Engine Room, and various holiday activations including access to Santa’s Captain’s Quarters for a Meet & Greet with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. C, Screening of Polar Express in the 4D Theater, Christmas Tree-Lined Decks, Canopy of Lights, Strolling Entertainment, and Evening Tree Lighting Ceremony.
- First Class Passport tickets start online at $40 for adults and $20 for children.
- Each First Class Passport includes general admission entry, access to the Queen Mary Historic Exhibits, Queen Mary tours, Ship Model Gallery & Engine Room, as well as various holiday activations including: access to Santa’s Captain’s Quarters for a Meet & Greet with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. C, Screening of Polar Express in the 4D Theater, Christmas Tree-Lined Decks, Canopy of Lights, Strolling Entertainment, and Evening Tree Lighting Ceremony.
- VIP Grand Passport tickets start online at $70 for adults and $55 for children.
- Each VIP Grand Passport includes general admission entry, access to the Queen Mary Historic Exhibits, Queen Mary tours, Ship Model Gallery & Engine Room, ice skating, and all other holiday activations including gingerbread house decorating and stocking trimming.
- Self-parking: $8 with validation (up to 3 hours)
- Valet parking: $15 with validation (up to 3 hours)