Visiting Gaylord Resort and Convention Center with my family the past two years has been a fantastic way to start a new tradition and kick off the Holiday season.
ICE! is the number one holiday attraction in the Capital Region and you have to see it to believe it.
I have put together my top 10 reasons below why ICE! and Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National are not to be missed!
- Before heading into ICE! experience Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends! This unique and interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola. Want to meet some of the Peanuts characters? You are in luck! Lucy and Charlie Brown can visit you table-side while you eat. Oh, and don’t forget to take a photo with Snoopy or you might end up in the doghouse.
- Participate in the super fun Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt. You and your family will have a blast finding scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles! After you are done you redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize.
- One of the most delicious Holiday traditions is decorating Gingerbread houses and Gaylord National has you all set at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Purchase a ugly sweater, sleigh or gingerbread house kit and see how creative you can get. Also make sure you get a photo with Nutmeg, the cutest Gingerbread Man around.
- Do your kids love trains? Well then you are in luck. Situated in the beautiful 19 story glass ‘Holiday Atrium’ is the Potomac Express Miniature Train Ride. Kids can take a lap or three on the adorable train ride! Riders must be aged 12 or younger to ride.
- SANTA! I KNOW HIM! Gaylord National always has the best looking Old Saint Nick around so be sure to stop and get a photo with Santa (whether you’ve been naughty or nice!). Available thru December 24th only!
- Everyone LOVES Build-A-Bear Workshop and for a limited time it is at Gaylord National. Choose from Star Wars characters, My Little Pony and other furry friends.
- Mrs. Claus is getting to strut her stuff at ‘Cookies with Mrs. Claus’ (a brand new feature this year). Mrs. Claus sits and reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ while having cookies and milk. Oh and that’s not all-kids get to take home a special book autographed by Mrs. Claus just for them.
- You won’t want to miss the Very Merry Atrium Show (6pm and 8pm nightly) and Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show (7pm and 9pm nightly). Both shows feature laser lights and indoor snowfall while the Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show additionally features 60 feet high water jets. These shows take place on the lower atrium level and highlight the 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over the indoor garden atrium.
- ICE! Artisans from Harbin, China travel to the D.C. area to construct ICE! These talented carvers spend nearly a month of 12-hour shifts inside a 9-degree freezer, transforming two million pounds of ice into a breathtaking winter wonderland. This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Around the World’ which celebrates cultures from around the world by highlighting holiday scenes and more. There are also five ice slides which are super fun to slide down-it is my children’s favorite part of ICE!
- Christmas Carousel/Teacups-Take a whirl around Christmas Village on the Christmas Carousel and/or the Teacups. My kids loved waving to us on the sidelines as they spun ’round and ’round.
-Dress Warmly. It is only 9 degrees inside ICE! so make sure to bring a hat, coat gloves and a scarf and leave your open toed shoes at home.
-You will be provided with a blue parka to wear over your own coat–the more layers the better.
-Don’t lick the Ice–If you’ve seen a Christmas Story you’ll know why!
-ICE! ends with a gorgeous Nativity Scene carved with Clear “Crystal” Ice. This year I learned that it is the most difficult ice to make. Crystal ice is created using highly filtered de-ionized water. It takes 3 days to freeze the 45 gallons of water used to create each 400-pound ice block. By freezing it slowly, the molecules are able to line up perfectly, similar to a diamond or crystal. In fact, this ice is so flawless it is often compared to Waterford Crystal. Just knowing those facts made me appreciate the time and talent that went into making the nativity scene even more.
Why not stay a night or two?
Gaylord Resort and Convention Center features a 19 story glass atrium and is only 10 miles from the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This beautiful resort has 1-2 bedroom suites, a spa/salon, indoor pool, babysitting services and more.
For tickets or information call: 1-301-965-4000, click here for 30% off select dates.
We are already counting down the days until next year’s Christmas on the Potomac!