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The Queen Mary in Long Beach
Courtesy of The Queen Mary

Winter Wonderland Playground

Winter Wonderland Playground
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Staying at this historic cruise liner permanently docked in Los Angeles County makes for a unique getaway just in terms of its year-round ambience—with its Art Deco–style cabins (including operational portholes), interesting tours (like looking for ghosts), and an on-site spa.

Stay here from  late November through early January, though, and the hotel transforms into CHILL, a small holiday theme park with an outdoor ice rink and a 135-foot Glacier Glide Ice Tubing Luge. Each year has a theme, too, like a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with icy landscapes and silky glowing lanterns.  While you're in Long Beach, don't miss a trip to the nearby Aquarium of the Pacific, an expansive kid-pleaser right on the waterfront.