A flurry of changes has come to Chill this year! The annual event held at the Queen Mary during the holidays has become a favorite for Long Beach residents and visitors alike. This year, gone are the ice sculptures and the Alice in Winterland experience. Instead, attendees can enjoy the United States’ first-ever Ice Adventure Park, along with a touching tribute to cultural traditions from around the world featuring a global sampling of holiday food, music and live entertainment.
The 38,000-square foot ice park will feature ice skating, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, ice shuffleboard, a two-story 140-foot-long ice tubing slide and a 300-foot-long zip line. Guests can also embark on an international holiday expedition featuring six distinct areas for guests to enjoy. Focusing on the foods, drinks and holiday traditions from China, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Holland and the North Pole, each area will highlight the entertainment and cultural celebrations from the host country or region.
Explore Chinese holiday traditions at Chill’s version of the Forbidden City with nightly performances by Shaolin Monks and experience first-hand the beautiful rhythmic movements of the traditional Lion Dance. Saunter down Lantern Lane into the Lucky Bamboo and meet Bei Bei, Chill’s panda character mascot, and enjoy warm bear hugs and unique selfie opportunities. Glide through the finish line of Shanghai Speedway ($5 add-on) on Chill’s big wheel ice bikes, and the Kung Fu Forest will offer fireworks every Sunday night.
Take in the traditions of Germany with a stroll through Chill’s Munich Market and raise a stein to the nightly live tunes from the authentic Alpine Band. Meet the ethereal Christkindle, the German gift bringer and bearer of lights, and shop traditional holiday trinkets and souvenirs at the nightly festive market. Cozy up in Switzerland’s Alpine Square by roasting marshmallows and building gooey s’mores at the toasty fire pit. Dine in the Alpine Lodge, open nightly, serving traditional Swiss bites overlooking the Matterhorn Mountain tubing slide, and meet the gift bearer of the Alps, Sinterklaas, for photos.
Show off your best moves at the Russian Disco in Chill’s Blizzard Boulevard. Experience the magic of the Northern Lights Show offered nightly at the Aurora Borealis Light Show, and meet the gift bringers of Russia: Father Frost and The Princess. Then head to Holland’s Windmill Way to enjoy nightly performances on the Illumination Stage with hourly performances by the world-famous Chillettes, along with a nightly tree-lighting ceremony. Meet the magical Father Time, Holland’s gift bearer, who will share interesting facts on stargazing and how the Dutch discovered the telescope. The final destination is America’s North Pole, where you can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit the Candy Bar to grab sweet treats for the kids and some alcoholic treats for the adults.
Chill is open daily at the Queen Mary from 4:30 to 11 p.m. from December 13th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018 (Dark on New Year’s Eve). Adult tickets are $29 and kids tickets are $19. For more details and to order tickets, visit queenmary.com/chill.