Gaylord Hotels Announce Details of Christmas Experience Including ICE

The four Gaylord Hotels go all out for Christmas with millions of lights (6,000,000 to be exact), thousands of poinsettias, and hundreds of artisans that sculpt massive ice displays.  The Gaylord Hotels announced details of their elaborate Christmas experience, each with a signature ICE! exhibit.  The Christmas activities are held mid-November through January 1, 2013, and the Gaylord Palms ICE! attraction has been particularly popular with visitors to the Walt Disney World resort.  Continue reading for more details from Gaylord Hotels.

From Gaylord Hotels’ Press Release:

Creating the popular Gaylord Hotels Christmas experience requires lots of twinkle lights, poinsettias and even a little magic.  To ensure the hotel brand is ready to provide its famous festive fun to its guests, holiday preparations are underway at all four resorts, located in National Harbor, MD (just outside of the nation’s capital); Nashville, TN; Kissimmee, FL (near Orlando); and Grapevine, TX (on the outskirts of Dallas).  Of course, each hotel will be getting ready for Santa to come to town, but he isn’t the only jolly character that guests will be able to meet.  Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Kung Fu Panda and King Julien will also be around to welcome travelers with lots of cheer.  The Christmassy DreamWorks Experience will feature character appearances, the ShrekFeast character meal, Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating and scavenger hunts.

From the nightly indoor snowfall at Gaylord National to the giant toy soldier stilt walkers at Gaylord Texan, all four hotels are proud to present unique holiday décor and entertainment.  Guests from all over the world travel to these resorts to surround themselves with the spirit of Christmas.  Packages are available now at each destination, and Gaylord Hotels encourages travelers to book their experience early.

Gaylord National

Make holiday memories at Gaylord National Resort.  Continue your family tradition this Christmas with the region’s most spectacular holiday celebration.  Discover our 60-foot glass tree and holiday decorations, be amazed by indoor snowfall and explore ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls – a walk-thru winter wonderland sculpted from ice.  Gaylord National offers everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Gaylord Opryland

Experience America’s favorite Christmas tradition like never before.  Gaylord Opryland’s 29th annual A Country Christmas brings you the 2012 edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.  New this year is Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show.  Explore ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls – a walk-thru winter wonderland sculpted from ice.

Gaylord Texan

Gaylord Texan’s annual holiday events are back and better than ever.  The awe-inspiring ICE! attraction — carved from 2 million pounds of ice — will for the first time showcase DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar.  Additionally, Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan will provide a winter wonderland including 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments, and Santa Claus himself.

Gaylord Palms

Experience Orlando’s Coolest Holiday Tradition.  It’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms with ICE! featuring Dreamworks’ Merry Madagascar. Experience 9 degrees of thrills and chills.  You’ll see 4.5 acres of glitter and gold, magic and cold, as well as a winter wonderland hand-carved from two million pounds of ice.  Highlights from Christmas at Gaylord Palms include over 2 million twinkling lights, a tree lighting ceremony of a majestic 54 foot Christmas tree, visits with Santa Claus and live shows including Luminescence.  Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds from each ticket to ICE! will be donated to Give Kids The World to help children with life threatening illnesses receive a vacation to Central Florida.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms’ package is available November 10, 2012 – January 1, 2013 from $219* per night/double occupancy.  Includes accommodations, ticket to ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar and a souvenir ICE! photo (one per room).

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.