queen mary christmas great hall

This is what the Promenade Deck great hall will look like for Christmas this year.

The Queen Mary is sailing into the holiday season this year with a celebration that includes an outdoor Christmas village inspired by the North Pole (of course), a 26-foot-tall Christmas tree and other holiday-themed stuff on and off the ship from Nov. 29-Jan. 1.

There’s going to be a lot going on at the Queen Mary Christmas celebration, so here are five things you can do when you visit the Queen for the holidays.

1. Catch a flick

Did you know the Queen Mary has a theater? Yep. It’s in the stern of the ship and it’s a 4-D theater where the action comes out of the screen and into your seat. During the holidays, the theater will screen a 15-minute version of the animated film “The Polar Express” and it will include holiday aromas including hot cocoa and even snowfall coming off the screen.

2. Do some home improvement

Those who want to go all out with a sweet gingerbread house can come to the Gingerbread Village. Under the guidance of experts like the Singing Baker, people can buy a $16 gingerbread house and decorate it here before taking it home for the holidays.

3. Meet the man

No trip to the North Pole would be complete without meeting the man himself. Santa Claus will be hanging out on the ship in the Captain’s Quarters ready to greet all his fans. But hey, he’s in the holiday business so you can say hi for free and maybe convince him to keep you on the nice list, but if you want a picture with him it’s going to cost $20.

4. Take a ride

After checking out “The Polar Express,” kids and adults can get in a real (well, sort of since it’s on wheels) train and ride around the North Pole Village.

5. Hit the ice

The focal point of the holiday celebration is the 6,000-square-foot ice rink where people can zip around outside the ship. Each session is 45 minutes long, costs $15 and includes skates. And if you get thirsty or hungry there’s a rink-side concession stand where people can buy cocktails and food.

Christmas on the Queen Mary is open Nov. 29-Jan. 1. General admission tickets are $22 for children and $29 for adults. VIP tickets are $59 for children and $65 adults. According to the city website, parking is $15 for up to 12 hours, but the rates change. For more information, go to Queenmary.com.

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