Long Beach, California Christmas Tree Lighting
Ceremony in Rainbow Harbor
Beach --Long Beach, California's
Rainbow Harbor Celebrates the Holidays with a Tree
Lighting Ceremony, Santa visits and snow play days.
The Pike &
95 S. Pine Ave.
Beach, CA 90802
While the largest nautical presence ever visible in
this beautiful scene has its own tree lighting
ceremony, too, at Queen Mary, there are many things
going on in the harbor where royalty sits.
Rainbow Harbor celebrates the holidays with its own
special glow and events, offering something for
families, couples, business travelers, tourists,
adults and kids.
A tree lighting
ceremony launches the holiday season with officials
helping throw the switch. The big tree stands within
view of the huge Ferris wheel that constantly spins
next to Borders, where you can purchase a hot cup of
cocoa and snuggle up to your favorite book.
Holidays Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony features a
30-foot tall, 2200 lb. Christmas tree decorated with
over 3000 lights and 600 ornaments! Five large
boats, Menorah and Kwanzaa displays, plus carolers
are all included in this festive event sure to
launch your holiday into the blue Pacific.
stay: Closest hotel just across the street from
this event is the
Long Beach Hyatt. One of the renovated and
newly managed waterfront resorts we hope to check
out is a Joie de vivre property,
Coast Long Beach Hotel. If neither of these
hotels set you sailing, there are over 20
Long Beach Hotels
for you to inspect & book.
eat: We've checked out the food at the Hyatt
(pretty reasonable for hotel food), Yard House,
Parker's Lighthouse (great views),
Queen Mary (Sunday Brunch is the ticket!),
and some of the chain restaurants that populate the
Rainbow Harbor. Of all of them we've tried,
P.F. Chang's is tops in our book.
Check out the
Long Beach Ballet Nutcracker performance
just up the hill on Ocean Blvd. Attend the
Naples Boat Parade and cruise in the
waterways to see the
lights of Naples Bay for the holidays.
Also be sure to bring a sweater or jacket as
Long Beach winter temperatures can be chilly
there: Unfortunately the
shuts down for the night before
this event is over, so you may have to take the
Passport bus, or drive to a parking lot such as the
Aquarium and pay.