The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Channel your mistletoe horticultural failure into romance, then reward yourself with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a ticket to the Waterfront Tour of Lights (a $40 value) with Big Red Bus in Long Beach.
Big Red Bus serves a diverse menu of sightseeing tours on English-style, double-decker buses. Celebrate the season on the Waterfront Tour of Lights, which wanders along the beachfront and grants guests sparkling views of decorated, multimillion-dollar homes and the floating Christmas trees of Alamitos Bay while holiday music plays and Santa applies his sleigh-steering skills to the wheel. The tour includes a stop at the Pike Ferris Wheel, where you can circle skyward for a better view of downtown and The Queen Mary.
Once the bus arrives back at the starting line, you can dine on sugar cookies and hot chocolate, then use a $10 discount to pluck a Noël bush from the Christmas tree lot. Customers also have a chance to enhance their road trip with a watertop excursion by organizing a gondola tour with Gondola Getaway at $20 off the regular price. Tours, which last an hour and a half, are scheduled to depart every day from December 20-24 and 27-30 at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Yelpers give Big Red Bus an average of five stars:
- I don't know how i'd never heard of this before, but wow was it fantastic. It was my first time on a double-decker bus too!! – meg r.
- Love the guys run this business [sic]!! Accommodating and friendly. If the weather is good, which it is 90% of the time in so-cal, dont waste your time with the party buses and limos that cost twice as much. get your crew together and take these guys out!! Much cheaper and a hell of a lot more fun!! – Jeff S.
Big Red Bus
Green grassy slopes, white-sand beaches, and gently waving palm trees give way to the cerulean surf of the Pacific Ocean. Along the sun-soaked highway, convertibles and SUVs topped with surfboards change lanes to make room for an English double-decker bus. Big Red Bus’s drivers lead their tours from the helm of either an open-topped or close-topped bus with a converted lower-level bar. All buses are outfitted with stereo systems and painted bright red, signaling to monster trucks that they’re poisonous.
Drivers may take passengers on tours of local breweries, pubs, and wine bars, excursions to kayak or surf along the beach, or tours of southern California—most often driving along the coast to offer unobstructed, panoramic views of the ocean and city skyline. They also let passengers customize their own excursions around topics such as special event shuttling, weddings, or beer and wine tours.