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Christmas at Gaylord Palms has begun, featuring Ice!, Cirque Dreams and more

by Banks Lee

christmas at gaylord palms 2015

Starting today, a holiday hub hidden under a 4.5 acre glass-enclosed snow globe comes to life for Central Florida during Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is chockfull of signature events and sprinkled with new offerings which include Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, The Elf on The Shelf Scavenger Hunt, Cosmic Snow Tubing, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop and a nightly Grand Snowfall.

Ice! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction. Guests walk through a chilly nine degrees as they experience the classic poem come to life in hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures. Ice! also features four ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work and On the Blocks Ice Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of Ice!.

Walk through ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort 2015

Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, an 18’ eight-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow is back by popular demand. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.

Not a thrill seeker? How about an elf seeker? The all new The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt ignites the inner sleuth and takes guests on a journey throughout the holiday-clad hotel. Participants will follow clues and scan the hotel to spot the 10 scout elves who have landed at Gaylord Palms. By solving puzzles and finding all of the elves, guests will reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa.

Once you have found the last scout elf, make your way over to the Emerald Bay Stage for the world premiere of the all-new Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Seasonal characters are brought to life with imaginative costumes, while feats of showmanship are performed on stage and in the air. Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is bringing the entertainment brand to Orlando for the first time in the company’s 22 years with this exclusive show.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop is a place where guests can create their very own personalized furry friends and will feature the same experiences offered at other Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout the country. Choose from an array of animals and characters, including faces featured in some of the season’s most popular movies, including Star Wars. Watch them come to life at the signature stuffer and add accessories, clothing and more, including an exclusive, furry friend-sized “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” T-shirt to commemorate your visit.

The season’s hottest couple, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be a part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will take place in Santa’s Workshop located in Alpine Village and Mrs. Claus will be a part of the all-new Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at the Villa de Flora. Alpine Village, the holiday attraction hub, will also feature the Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by Peeps, Snowy’s Snack Shack and holiday shopping.

If that’s not enough, wander through the atrium’s lush gardens (more than 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and watch as the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree comes to life every night during the tree lighting ceremony. Still haven’t had enough? Sit back and enjoy a nightly grand snowfall in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the resort’s grand atrium.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from Nov. 24, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016, including holidays. The Cirque Dreams show and Elf hunt are free to all hotel visitors.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com. Be sure to watch the Nov. 26, 2015 episode of Orlando Attractions Magazine: The Show, filmed at the Gaylord Palms Resort and a future episode with an in-depth look at all the holiday events.

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