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Sometimes an RV trip to the a big city is just worth it!  For sight-seeing around Christmas time, the lights in the Long Beach Naples Canal community are spectacular.  Complete with an annual boat parade and awards ceremony, the community makes a far-reaching name for itself  in the world of holiday cheer.  For us, just parking the car and walking the canal walkways in the temperate southern California weather brings a touch of joy and excitement for the impending festivities.

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If you want to spring for the ultimate romantic experience, reserve a gondola ride to take you through the waterways to view the brightly lit homes.  The guided tour is approximately an hour long.  Guides provide bread and cheese to give an authentic feel.  You can bring your own wine for the occasion.  The cost is under $100 (including tip, parking, etc.) for two.

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The boat parade, usually held during the middle of December, spans an annual tradition of 68 years.  A theme is chosen each year by the local association to mark the event and give inspiration to all the light displays.  Then, the streets are closed.  The boats line up.  The carolers sing.  It is an extravaganza worth navigating the crowds and traffic.

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Even if you miss the parade, or the gondola ride, or the carolers, a stroll through the sidewalks of the circular canal to view the residential light displays is equally as fun.  The compact community provides the perfect place to walk and see more than a hundred homes.  The unique venue will have you humming those familiar holiday tunes and ready to endure the hectic season with a renewed child-like spirit.  Add it to your RV travel bucket list for sure!

RV traveling to the Long Beach community in Los Angeles is best done in early hours or weekends to avoid as much of the traffic as is possible on the 405 freeway.  From there, you go to the 710 freeway where the Naples canal community is located.  You will find a few RV parks located on the water's edge to reside.  It is typical RV parking lot style spaces that most big cities offer, but right at the water. 



Going down the Rogue River in Oregon on the Hellgate tour was a thrill!  We took the whole family for the dinner cruise.  Good food and plenty of splash from the 360 degree boat turns afterward.  It was a day to remember.  Thanks for the tip!     
   - Fergerson Family