This year’s Chill at the Queen Mary was quite a bit different from the previous two years. Instead of ice sculptures, the event featured 130 life-size sculpted lanterns. I wasn’t expecting this, so I was a bit disappointed at first; however, it was really well done and I ended up really enjoying myself. And staying warm.
When you first get ready to enter Alice in Winterland, you come across the wildly colorful flowers of the story we all know and love. The lanterns are made of fabric with the lights inside illuminating them from within. It creates a neat effect…like the flowers are glowing. It’s very pretty.
Inside the Rabbit Hole you’ll find an immersive adventure full of the whimsical characters and creations from the Alice in Wonderland story. From the colorful flowers to a room full of gingerbread candy creations, it’s a visual feast for your eyes. And the attention to detail, like this particular gingerbread house on one of the walls, is awesome.
Isn’t that just cute?? I haven’t read the Alice in Wonderland story in a very long time or seen any of the recent movies, but I sure like the characters. It’s amazing to me what artists can do with some colored fabric, wire, and light bulbs.
This was one of my favorite lanterns. There were so many it was hard to get pics of them all. And I just loved the looks on the children’s faces as they walked through. To see their eyes light up is truly one of the best parts of an experience like this.
Now, while there were no ice sculptures, the Chill event still had one of its staples…the Glacier Glide. Where else in Southern California can you slide down 150 feet of ice on an inner tube? This is my absolute favorite part of Chill and when I was there on Saturday the ice was very fast!!!
This year’s Chill at the Queen Mary was a new experience for me. I’ve never seen sculpted lanterns like this before and I have to say I really liked it. Both the Alice in Winterland experience and the Glacier Glide are inside the big dome at the Queen Mary, along with an indoor carousel, the Magic Mushroom Martini Bar, and very sweet candy shop.
Outside the dome in the area between it and the Queen Mary are all kinds of fun things for kids and adults to enjoy. There is an outdoor ice rink for skating, a spot to decorate gingerbread houses, face painting, and lots of cute winter and Christmas spots to take selfies, to name a few. Included with the Chill admission is entry onto the Queen Mary, which I took advantage of for some great shots of Long Beach and the harbor. And who can forget the food??? There is lots of food at Chill and this year I tried a chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick. Hard to eat, but delicious!
If you are planning to go to Chill this year, click here for information on all the events and ticket pricing. Keep in mind the lines getting in can be long and parking was $18 there by the event. I have always gone as soon as it opened on a weekend, so I’m not sure what Chill is like at night. If the amount of lights I see on everything outside are any indication, I am sure it’s absolutely spectacular when the sun goes down.