LONG BEACH, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Beginning November 22, the Queen Mary will be overtaken by a deep freeze for the second annual CHILL, an experience that will bring holiday cheer and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California.
“It immediately gets you into the holiday spirit.”
An event like no other, CHILL offers an unforgettable holiday experience. Two million pounds of sparkling ice are used to create larger than life, hand-carved ice sculptures that will fill a 14,000 square-foot “igloo” called The Ice Kingdom (housed in The Queen Mary’s Dome). The Ice Kingdom will feature scenes from The Nutcracker including life-sized reproductions of Clara, the evil Mouse King, the battle scene, sugar plum fairies and The Nutcracker himself, plus a walk-through castle, and three ice slides off a 30’ high replica of The Queen Mary. Each ice exhibit is meticulously hand-carved by an international team of ice sculpture experts from Harbin, China and enhanced with LED lighting to create a visually spectacular experience. The Ice Kingdom is kept at a frosty nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice. Event goers will receive parkas to help protect against the Arctic-like climate.
CHILL also brings ice tubing to the Queen Mary waterfront. Grab an oversized tube and race down one of the six ice slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long. A 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink makes for the perfect winter tradition for all to enjoy. Skate rentals are available on-site for $2.95. Santa’s holiday village presents gingerbread houses and holiday carolers. The world’s largest rocking horse and snowman bouncy are ready for holiday merriment by guests both young and young at heart.
“It’s truly unique to experience the cold winter holiday weather of other areas right here in Southern California,” said Entertainment Events Director, Steve Sheldon. “It immediately gets you into the holiday spirit.”
CHILL will also feature entertainment, food and beverages. Pricing starts at $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids, and includes The Ice Kingdom and choice of Ice Skating or Ice Tubing. Additional tickets for either Ice Skating or Ice Tubing are available for purchase and start at $12.95. Ice Skating Season Pass is available for $29.95. CHILL will be open Tuesdays-Sundays Nov. 22 - Jan. 5. For more information visit http://queenmary.com/chill/.