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Long Beach, California Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rainbow Harbor


Long Beach --Long Beach, California's Rainbow Harbor Celebrates the Holidays with a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa visits and snow play days.

The Pike & Rainbow Harbor
95 S. Pine Ave.

Long 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.


Rainbow Harbor 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.


Where to 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.


Where to 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.


What else? 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 at night.


Getting there: Unfortunately the Aqualink 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.


Rainbow Harbor map