The hottest days of summer are here, and work is already underway at Gaylord Hotels to prepare for over-the-top Christmas celebrations at its four giant resorts. Officials at the hotel brand announced today that packages and tickets for Christmas at Gaylord Hotels are available at www.ChristmasAtGaylordHotels.com.
Kids play under the ice tunnel
From dazzling holiday shows and attractions to atrium gardens packed with millions of holiday lights, towering Christmas trees, enormous wreaths and glistening ornaments, each Gaylord Hotels location becomes a mecca of holiday spirit from mid-November to early January.
“It takes months to transform our spectacular resorts in Nashville, Dallas, Orlando and Washington, D.C. into magical holiday settings,” said Mike Stengel, senior vice president of Gaylord Hotels. “Lights are already going up outside, and we have more than 8 million pounds of colorful ice blocks on order to create our most beloved holiday tradition—ICE!”
ICE!—Gaylord Hotels’ signature holiday attraction—is hand-carved by master ice artisans from Harbin, China. Each location includes more than 2 million pounds of ice carved into colorful sculptures and multi-story ice slides. The experience is kept at nine degrees Fahrenheit, and themes vary by location. Presented by Pepsi, ICE! will feature Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Gaylord Opryland; A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord Palms; Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town at Gaylord Texan and Christmas Around the World at Gaylord National.
Guests can warm up after experiencing ICE! with heart-warming entertainment for every member of the family, ranging from enchanting live shows, visits with Santa, holiday kids’ trains and character breakfasts to thrills like snow tubing, ice skating and more.
While event offerings vary by location, all four resorts will feature The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt. By finding all the scout elves hiding in the resort and solving the puzzles in the scavenger hunt booklet, families will reveal the elves’ names so they can get their Christmas magic. Guests who help the scout elves will receive a special prize.
At the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, guests can choose a delectable gingerbread kit and decorate to their hearts’ content before visiting with a life-sized gingerbread man for heartwarming hugs and photo opportunities.
New for 2016 is an exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop experience that lets guests make their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories.
The full lineup of events at each location may be found on each resort’s holiday website:
- Gaylord Opryland Resort (Nashville, Tennessee) – www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com
- Gaylord Palms Resort (Kissimmee, Florida) – www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com
- Gaylord Texan Resort (Grapevine, Texas) – www.ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com
- Gaylord National Resort (National Harbor, Maryland) – www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com
By the Numbers
Across Gaylord Hotels’ four resorts, there are:
- 7,796 total guest rooms
- 6.2 million holiday lights that would stretch 226 miles if stung end-to-end
- 101,360 feet of garland
- 27,000 poinsettia plants
- Over 3 million pounds of real snow on snow tubing hills
- More than 8 million pounds of ice used to carve the ICE! attraction
About Gaylord Hotels
Gaylord Hotels®, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands, offers extraordinary environments with “everything in one place”— diverse dining options, a full-service spa, pools, top-notch entertainment, shopping and more. Locations include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida; Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland; and The Inn at Opryland in Nashville. For more information, visit www.GaylordHotels.com.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 6,000 properties in 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com and @MarriottIntl.