Naples Island in Long Beach is often called the most beautiful waterfront in Southern California during the Christmas season. Neighbours and neighbourhoods compete for the most fairy-tale look with hundreds of colourful lights everywhere.
When the lights are on, visitors can tour the best locations on the "Big Red Bus" which offers Christmas light cruises around Long Beach. Or you can take a "Waterfront Holiday Lights Tour" which also includes a Ferris Wheel for the full picture. Another romantic option is to enjoy Christmas lights from a gondola with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand. You can also just stroll around Naples Island by yourself, starting at the marine or Mothers’ Beach. The Naples Island Christmas lights in Long Beach are switched on in early December.
Every winter, there is a Festival of Lights in downtown Long Beach when more than 30 businesses exceed expectations in decorating their shops and restaurants with fantastic holiday displays. Also, check out the Long Beach Christmas Tree Lane on Daisy Avenue with over 20 decorated trees and the Christmas Village.