Gaylord Hotels celebrates the triumphant return of ICE! and unveils new vacation experiences for the holiday season
The brand’s iconic Christmas experience makes its long-awaited return with original new shows and beloved seasonal programming this festive season.
BETHESDA, MD., August 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hotels in Gaylordpart of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of ICE!, the brand’s legendary Christmas marquee experience, which will once again anchor Christmas at all five Gaylord hotels in the coming festive season. After a two-year hiatus, ICE! will once again bring its huge, immersive holiday-themed ice screens to life at Gaylord Opryland in TennesseeGaylord Texan in TexasGaylord Palms in FloridaGaylord Rockies in Coloradoand Gaylord National in Maryland. As part of the brand’s beloved celebration of Christmas at Gaylord Hotels, this signature experience will also be accompanied by an exciting and original live entertainment experience, CIRCUS: Spirit of Christmas, at select resorts, as well as the abundance of brand-name festive holiday programs.
ICE! Returns to Gaylord Hotels
A longstanding tradition first introduced over two decades ago, Gaylord Hotels’ larger-than-life ice installations will take shape at every resort this festive season. This one-of-a-kind holiday showcase will be created from more than 33,500 massive blocks of ice weighing more than 10 million pounds – or 5,000 tonnes – across the five resorts. Kept at 9 degrees cold, each ICE! The attraction will bring beloved scenes and characters from classic Christmas movies to life with beautiful sculptures and slides. The ice sculptures vary in size, from details as tiny as a coin to hovering scenes over 30 feet tall. For six weeks, 40 specialist ice craftsmen, using skills passed down through generations and following a 300-page design book, will create the magnificent spectacle.
Once again, guests will be able to step into nearly 20,000 square foot 3D worlds of their favorite holiday movies, with each station featuring a different theme for you to experience. This year’s experiences will offer:
ICE! With Rudolph the red nosed reindeer at Gaylord Opryland – Guests will enjoy favorite scenes from Rudolph the red nosed reindeercome to life in this colorful winter wonderland.
ICE! With The Polar Express™ at Gaylord Texan – Families are invited to take an imaginative journey through this heartwarming story as a young child embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole while learning about friendship, bravery and the true spirit of Christmas.
ICE! With “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”™” at Gaylord Palms – Featuring the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmasfamilies are invited to experience iconic scenes such as the Grinch lurking in the chimneys of Who-ville homes, the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes after realizing Christmas means a little more and sitting at the Whos party where the Grinch carves the roast beast.
ICE! With “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Gaylord Rockies – Guests will follow along with the adorable Charlie Brown as he rediscovers the meaning of Christmas as the cherished story unfolds.
ICE! With A Christmas story™ at Gaylord National – Fans of this humorous holiday classic will delight in discovering their favorite characters and scenes in this magical ice cream display case.
Each theme is brought to life in a vivid and colorful way with the help of an expert chemist who prepares an exclusive special coloring formula used in the ice sculptures, which keeps them bright and festive all season long. At Gaylord Hotels, many of the same craftsmen who create the incredible ice screens at Harbin’s famous Ice Festival will carve 300-pound blocks of ice into whimsical, larger-than-life scenes.
Original production: CIRCUS: Spirit of Christmas
A highlight of the 2022 holiday season, Gaylord Hotels presents an original production by CIRCUS: Spirit of Christmas at Gaylord Rockies, Gaylord Palms and Gaylord National. This unique Cirque-style show will feature dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility and high-flying stunts. The Broadway-style show tells the story of Noel, a child dismayed and distressed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Trying to regain her lost love from the season, the Child is visited by spirits who bring back the true meaning of the season in energetic, dreamlike chapters.
CIRCUS: Spirit of Christmas will be presented as a 75-minute show at the Gaylord Rockies, while Gaylord Palms and Gaylord National will offer a 35-minute show. An exciting line-up of additional live performances will also be featured across all five stations, with more details to be announced shortly.
Gaylord Texan will also present a dedicated Circus: Winter Wonderland performance. This action-packed fusion of theater and circus features high-flying stunts, acrobatic feats, jaw-dropping juggling, mind-blowing contortions and more.
Winter activities for all ages
Families and guests of Gaylord Hotels can expect the tradition of the beloved Christmas celebration at Gaylord Hotels, with an abundance of festive activities, events, holiday meals, attractions and decorations. dazzling in each of the vast complexes. During the holidays, each of the five resorts and their vast atriums transform into breathtaking wintry environments with millions of lights, elaborately themed Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments and miles of garlands.
Customers can expect the brand’s remarkable abundance of festive holiday programs, time-tested favorites including tube sliding, ice skating, Christmas carols, gingerbread decorating and adventurous scavenger hunts, captivating atrium light shows, character meals, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more. Highlights will include the Christmas Tree Trail at Gaylord Palms to experience and take an “elfie” with eight ornately decorated holiday trees throughout the atrium and Carriage rides at Gaylord Opryland, with a private carriage ride through the resort’s lights and decorations. Additional experiences will include the Christmas carousel to Gaylord Texan, a timeless, family-friendly ride offering endless spins and fun; a party Campfire and S’mores experience at Gaylord Rockies; and live performances, including The greatest show in history at Gaylord National and Gaylord Palms, a musical spectacle and multicultural celebration of six international storytellers celebrating the birth of jesus christ.
Tickets and Packages
Tickets for ICE! and Christmas at Gaylord Hotels are available now and can be purchased at www.ChristmasatGaylordHotels.com. Advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events. Families can also take advantage of special packages that will include admission to the ICE! experience and other fan-favorite vacation activities.
Christmas at Gaylord Hotels will be presented on the following dates:
Gaylord Opryland: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Texan Gaylord: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Gaylord Palms: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Gaylord Rockies: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023
National Gaylord: November 25 – December 31, 2022
For a full range of Christmas programming at Gaylord Hotels at each resort as the festive season approaches, please visit www.ChristmasatGaylordHotels.com.
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About Gaylord Hotels
Gaylord Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, welcomes guests to extraordinary environments, diverse dining options, full-service spas, pools, top-notch entertainment, shopping and more. Again. Locations include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida; Gaylord Texan on the Lake Vineyard, Texas; Gaylord National on the Potomac in the national port, Maryland; and Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, CO.
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