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Gaylord Palms announces Christmas Around the World as this year’s Ice! theme

by Tharin White

Mrs. Claus and the holiday Elves celebrate snowfall in Florida at Gaylord Palms.

Gaylord Palms officially announced their upcoming Ice! holiday theme with a Christmas celebration in summer.

Gaylord Palms celebrated Christmas in July at the Kissimmee-based resort when they announced their upcoming events and theme for Ice! This years holiday celebration will be themed Christmas Around the World, and is in honor of the 15th anniversary of Ice!

“We’re excited to bring this theme to Central Florida, especially since the Orlando area hosts millions of visitors from around the world each year,” said Johann Krieger, general manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “We feel this year’s Ice! theme and our other holiday events embrace cultural diversity and our unifying similarities, celebrating love and peace during this special time of year.”

Ice artists from Harbin, China will travel all the way to Gaylord Palms to carve two million pounds of ice. These sculptures will include flags of the world, a two story slide, Santa’s workshop, and a traditional Nativity scene.

Globes and flags don the wonderland scene in a celebration of cultural diversity.

Classic experiences and new attractions will be coming this year with many different ways to enjoy snow in Florida. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped will debut a new 25-minute show featuring new costumes, high flying stunts and never before seen acts. Build-a-Bear Workshop will have a brand new scavenger hunt throughout the resort. The resort will also feature their six-story-tall Christmas tree with Joyful, a brand new light show with interactive elements that guests can become a part of with special merchandise.

LED lights and interactive elements set up for a nighttime spectacular on the resort’s six story tall Christmas tree.

Many favorites of Ice! will return this year as well, with fun activities like a gingerbread decorating area, photos with Santa and snowball throwing. Guests can also expect snow tubing to return with eight different lanes. Cosmic Tubing is also available at night with special lighting and high energy music. Fans of the Charlie Brown characters will have the opportunity to enjoy a breakfast buffet while meeting Snoopy, Lucy and of course Charlie Brown.

Guests will meet with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Lucy while enjoying a themed breakfast buffet.

Ice! featuring Christmas Around the World will run from Nov. 21, 2017 until January 7, 2018.

Here’s a video of the announcement:

Gaylord Palms Summer in July event opening 2017

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