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Gaylord Hotels Christmas lineup features the world of Buddy the Elf

by Susan and Simon Veness

Gaylord Hotels Christmas programs have a brand-new headliner attraction that takes guests into the world of Buddy the Elf from the hit holiday movie, “Elf.”

Gaylord Hotels Christmas attraction Mission: Save Christmas

Among the most highly-anticipated annual holiday events are those at Gaylord Hotels in Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, and Maryland, and this year guests can experience a new multi-sensory challenge, helping Buddy the Elf save Christmas.

“Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf” invites guests of all ages to join Buddy as he answers the call from Santa to generate enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 sleigh through a series of interactive challenges.

Make your way through the candy cane forest with Mr. Narwhal and his friends, pitch in to help the elves keep up with their toy quota, and take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in New York’s iconic Central Park. Participants can even help Macy’s department store prepare for Santa’s arrival.

These are just a few of the challenges featured in Mission: Save Christmas, which will be part of the holiday lineup at Gaylord Palms, Gaylord Opryland, Gaylord Texan, and Gaylord Rockies. Tickets are on sale now.

Gaylord National in Maryland has its own special marquee attraction, with the multi-sensory “I Love Christmas Movies,” pop-up exhibition, formerly at Gaylord Palms, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment.

Visitors will enjoy scenes from popular holiday movies, including “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “The Year Without A Santa Claus.”

More than a dozen scenes are on display, along with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more, making those who participate feel as if they’re part of the original story.

Each Gaylord hotel will also feature millions of twinkling lights, giant Christmas trees, and superb live entertainment, plus interactive dining experiences, as follows:

Cirque: Spirit of Christmas

Gaylord Palms – Bundle up for the icy mechanized Snow Factory snow play place, where guests can toss snowballs and slide down icy conveyer belts; thrill to the high-flying stunts and dazzling acrobatics of Cirque: Spirit of Christmas and be moved by the musical stage show The Greatest Story Ever Told; and dine with the grouchy green guy at Feast with the Grinch character breakfast;

Gaylord Opryland – Pinetop Stage, an outdoor Appalachian-esque village sets an idyllic holiday scene; watch The Oakridge Boys Christmas in Tennessee Dinner Show; and fuel up for the day at Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast.

Gaylord Rockies – Get into the winter spirit at Glacier Point snowy outdoor adventure area; view the holiday spectacular, Cirque Dreams Hilidaze; and enjoy a morning feast at Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends.

Gaylord Texan – Stroll through the charming Christmas Village; start the day off at Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends; and toss real snowballs at interactive targets in Santa’s Snow Throw.

Gaylord National – Wander around a quaint Christmas Village; take in a performance of the multicultural celebration, The Greatest Story Ever Told; and throw snowballs and slide through frozen-solid conveyer belts at the Snow Factory.

At select locations, guests can also interact with the character from the hotel’s themed breakfast while taking part in a holiday scavenger hunt throughout the resort.

Gaylord Palms Christmas snow tubing

All of the Gaylord Hotels feature a variety of winter-themed activities, including Ice Bumper Cars, Ice and Snow Tubing, and Ice Skating.

Other holiday activities create a cozy atmosphere in the build-up to Christmas, such as Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and photos with Santa.

Guests at select locations can even create crafts and keepsakes at Elf Workshop, or attend Sugary Sweet Storytime featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince.

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels takes place on the following dates:

  • Gaylord Opryland and Gaylord Texan: Nov. 12 – Jan. 2
  • Gaylord Rockies and Gaylord Palms: Nov. 19 – Jan.2
  • Gaylord National: Nov. 26 – Dec. 31

Advance online reservations are required to attend the events.

To find out more about each resort’s ticketing and packages, visit ChristmasatGaylordHotels.com.

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