There’s plenty to do on Christmas Eve (and even Christmas day!) in Long Beach. Whether you enjoy attending a quiet candlelit service, viewing the city’s lights by boat, or dining on The Queen Mary herself, Long Beach has it all!
Star Party Cruises of Long Beach CA offers Harbor Lights Christmas Eve Cruise on Dec. 24th at 5pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm. The 150-passenger boat has inside and outside seating, a full bar for adults and hot chocolate and snacks for everyone. It’s $14 for adults and $10 for children. Call 799-7000 or visit their website for more information.
The Big Red Double Decker Bus will be conducting a tour of holiday lights in Naples, Belmont Shore, Bay Shore Avenue and Belmont Heights in Long Beach CA. Santa will be on board and there will be hot chocolate and sugar cookies. One-hour tours depart at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, except Saturdays. Tickets are $12, with children 3 and younger riding free. Tours start from Tilted Kilt, 6575 E PCH, Long Beach 90803. Visit their website for more information.
Available Tuesday, December 24, 2013 from 5pm until 9pm, The Sky Room’s Christmas Eve Dinner is a holiday dining experience that you’ll not want to miss! Voted as one of Long Beach’s “Best Overall Restaurants” by Open Table Diners, on Christmas Eve we’re offering an extraordinary 3 course Christmas Eve Dinner featuring entrée choices of fresh diver scallops, halibut, oven roasted goose, or Colorado rack of lamb. For more information on cost and reservations call 562 983 2703 or visit their website.
Christmas dinners are twice as nice in Fuego at Hotel Maya with a Prix Fixe holiday menu that features a variety of starters along with four entrée selections on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Christmas Day, December 25 from 12 to 9 p.m.
And because the entrees sound mouthwatering, I decided to put them all here for your drooling enjoyment…
The Fuego Christmas entrée is a selection of Traditional Roasted Turkey with Yukon mashed potatoes, fig brioche stuffing, country gravy, sautéed green beans with toasted almonds and cranberry citrus marmalade; Filet Mignon with charred filet mignon, truffled bordelaise, Yukon mashed potatoes, white asparagus and porcini mushroom fondue; Chilean Seabass with aniejo lime beurre blanc, parsnips and caramelized Belgian endive; or Wild Mushroom Risotto with winter vegetables, English pea coulis and shaved black truffle.
For more information, please visit our website or call (562) 481-3910
On The Queen Mary December 24th and 25th
Are you used to staying home every year for the holiday? Go ahead and break your tradition in order to start a new one! Imagine a Christmas dinner on a historic ship, with a view of the Long Beach Harbor, including all of the Christmas lights at the Pike!
Sir Winston’s is open for Christmas Eve from 5:30-10pm and Christmas Day. The award winning restaurant will include items like port and rosemary glazed flat iron steak, truffle mashed potatoes, and eggnog baked Alaska.
Call 562 499 1606 for reservations
The Queen Mary is full of Christmas Day Dining! In addition to Sir Winston’s, there’s Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, Promenade Café, and the ship itself hosts a Christmas Day Champagne Brunch.
The Queen Mary’s “CHILL” is also open 10am-11pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
What is CHILL? CHILL is The Queen Mary’s annual frozen holiday event highlighted by The Ice Kingdom, featuring more than two million pounds of ice hand carved into the spectacular story of the Nutcracker. There’s a six-lane ice tubing run, ice skating, the world’s largest rocking horse, world’s largest snowman bouncy, food, beverages and cocktails plus daily entertainment, retail outlets and much more. For more information and to buy tickets visit The Queen Mary website.
Bay Shore Church (Belmont Shore)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services Dec 24th 4:30pm-11:00pm.
Followed by a music recital of the youth choir, three services will be held, one at 5pm and two more at 7:30pm and 10:00 pm. There is nursery care available at the 5:00 and 7:30 services. Come hear beautiful harp music 30 minutes prior to the 7:30 and 10pm services.
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
For parking and directions visit our website.
First Congregational Church of Long Beach (Downtown)
Christmas Eve Service Dec 24th at 6pm (service with children’s pageant) and 9:30pm (the candlelight service.) *This church is open and affirming and has adopted a liberal theology.
241 Cedar Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
For parking and directions visit our website.
Long Beach Christian Reform Church (Signal Hill/Los Alamitos)
Christmas Eve Service Dec 24th at 4:00pm and 5:30pm
5559 East Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
For more detailed map visit our website.
7th Street Church (Belmont Heights)
668 North Obispo Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90814
For more information on Christmas Eve services call 562 434 3408
Cornerstone Church (East Long Beach)
Christmas Eve Services Dec 24th at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Childcare is available for preschool-aged children.
1000 N Studebaker Rd
Long Beach, CA 90815
For more information visit our website.
(photos courtesy of Pinterest, thequeenmary.com, firstchurchlb.org, bayshorechurch.org, and hotelmayalongbeach.com)
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