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Gaylord Hotels bring back their signature Ice! experience this Christmas

by Susan and Simon Veness

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels will see the return of the popular walk-through experience, Ice! for the first time in two years, starting in November 2022.

Christmas at Gaylord hotels Ice!
Photos courtesy of Gaylord Hotels

For 20 years, the Gaylord hotels in Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Maryland have brightened the holiday season with their larger-than-life, themed ice sculpture showcase, bringing favorite holiday stories to life in frozen form.

Due to a two-year pandemic-enforced hiatus, Ice! has been on hold. Now, each of the hotels will put 10 million pounds of sculpted ice on display once again, as part of their Christmas at Gaylord Hotels annual event.

Ice themes at Gaylord Hotels

Ice! grinch and max
Photo by Doug Scaletta

Each hotel will offer a different experience through the stories their ice sculptures will tell. This year’s lineup is:

Gaylord Opryland – Ice! Featuring “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Join Rudolph and his friends in an icy world as they discover their unique gifts and help Santa fulfill his Christmas mission.

Gaylord Texan – Ice! Featuring “The Polar Express.” Take a train “journey of imagination” to the North Pole, filled with friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Gaylord Palms — Ice! Featuring “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” Go from full-on Grinch to a heart that grows “three sizes” as Who-ville residents prepare for a joyous holiday in this re-telling of a Dr. Seuss classic.

Gaylord Rockies — Ice! Featuring “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Charlie Brown and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas in a timeless tale.

Gaylord National — Ice! Featuring “A Christmas Story.” Relive the movie’s iconic scenes, including the famous “leg lamp.”

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels ice carver
Ice carver

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels Live entertainment

Gaylord resorts also present original live productions as part of Christmas at Gaylord Hotels, including:

“Cirque: Spirit of Christmas” (Gaylord Rockies, Gaylord Palms, Gaylord National) – Watch as young Noel recaptures her love of the holiday season during this Broadway-style show filled with acrobatics, high-flying stunts, and feats of flexibility.

“Cirque: Winter Wonderland” (Gaylord Texan) – Jugglers, contortionists, and aerial stunt performers come together in this action-packed Cirque-style show.

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels activities

Experience family-friendly wintery fun, holiday meals, and dazzling decorations throughout each resort, such as:

Christmas Tree Trail (Gaylord Palms) – Holiday trees dripping in festive decorations make the perfect seasonal backdrop for taking “elfies.”

Carriage Rides (Gaylord Opryland) – Ring in the season with a private, horse-drawn ride past the resort’s lights and decorations.

Christmas Carousel (Gaylord Texan) – Relive childhood memories, or make new memories, on this timeless family-friendly ride.

Campfire & S’mores (Gaylord Rockies) – Who doesn’t love this sweet treat, featuring chocolate, graham crackers, and toasty marshmallows roasted over a campfire?

“The Greatest Story Stage Show” (Gaylord National and Gaylord Palms) – Witness a musical, multicultural celebration of the retelling of Jesus’s birth, presented by six international storytellers.

the greatest story stage show
“The Greatest Story Stage Show”

Other wintery fun to help brighten the season includes snow tubing, ice skating, caroling, gingerbread decorating, light shows, character dining, and scavenger hunts, plus visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels will take place during the following dates:

  • Gaylord Opryland: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Gaylord Texan: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Gaylord Palms: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Gaylord Rockies: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Gaylord National: November 25 – December 31, 2022

For more information on each resort’s events, or to purchase tickets for Ice!, visit ChristmasatGaylordHotels.com.

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