There’s a chill in the air and it looks like Santa has come early to bring holiday cheer during Christmas at Gaylord Hotels® presented by FUJIFILM INSTAX®. Visitors to the hotel brand’s four giant resorts can collectively enjoy more than 6 million twinkling lights, 100,000 feet of garland, hundreds of Christmas trees, 3 million pounds of snow and more than 8 million pounds of ice sculptures as part of their annual Christmas celebrations from mid-November to January 1, 2017.
Among its most popular attractions is ICE!®, a walk-through winter wonderland event that brings Christmas alive via colorful carved ice sculptures, two-story ice slides and live ice carvings. Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the 9 degree ICE! attraction, presented by Pepsi, is carved by the same artisans that work on the renowned International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China. This year marks the 15th anniversary of ICE! at Gaylord Hotels, which features new and family-favorite themes including:
- Christmas Around the World at Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.
(right outside of Washington, D.C.)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. (near Orlando)
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas
(on the outskirts of Dallas)
“As an artisan who works on ICE!, I am always impressed by the designs we get to create,” said Xu Rui, Master Carver at ICE!. “More and more guests are coming to visit the attraction each year, which shows that Americans enjoy our ice sculptures. Our team is most proud when we see our work appreciated by the guests.”
At many of the resorts, adults 21 and older can also upgrade their ICE! experience to ‘chill out’ at On The Blocks – the exclusive bar inside ICE! – and enjoy three select beverage samplings: The Jolly Mint specialty drink featuring Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Hangar One Vodka; a Goose Island Beer; plus a Merry Margarita featuring Milagro Tequila. Ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities set the mood for this unique VIP experience.
After experiencing ICE!, visitors can warm up with holiday entertainment for every member of the family. The resorts provide everything from enchanting live shows, holiday kid rides and character breakfasts to thrills like snow tubing, ice skating and more. The Noerr Programs is the official Photos with Santa and ICE! photography provider for Christmas at Gaylord Hotels and is proud to partner with the resorts again this year to accept donations in support of local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals near each of the resorts.
While event offerings vary by location, all four resorts will feature The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt. By finding all the scout elves hiding in the resort and solving the puzzles in the scavenger hunt booklet, families will reveal the elves’ names so they can get their Christmas magic. Guests who help the scout elves will receive a special prize.
At the Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, guests can choose a delectable gingerbread kit and decorate to their hearts’ content before visiting with a life-sized gingerbread man for heartwarming hugs and photo opportunities.
New at all locations for 2016 is a memorable Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience that lets guests make their very own furry friend. Choose from an exciting array of animals and characters, including some from popular movies. Each furry friend comes to life at our signature stuffer and can be personalized with cozy winter clothing, accessories and more! Guests also can buy an exclusive light-up polar bear and a furry-friend-sized parka, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels.
Guests are encouraged to book an overnight package to experience the best of Gaylord Hotels Christmas celebrations. To make your reservation, visit www.ChristmasAtGaylordHotels.com.
For the full lineup of events at each resort, visit: