Gaylord Palms Resort announces ICE! theme, dates, and details

By: Shelley Caran

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Orlando, Fla. - ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort is celebrating its 15th season of frozen fun to Central Florida this holiday season by taking the celebration global with ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World daily from November 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018, including holidays.

ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World celebrates the world’s diverse holiday traditions, representing United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, and many other countries. Guests will experience holiday scenes from various nations and two-story ice slides surrounded by sculptures and international tidings, all before ending with a trip to the North Pole to experience Santa’s toy workshop before ending in the majestic, crystal ice Nativity Scene. 

“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.”

To create this masterpiece in ice, artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life sculptures. The ICE! experience ends with an opportunity to go into the Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase to see these artists in action.

Just outside of ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, guests can wander into the Alpine Village which is the central hub that is is home to various attractions, shows, seasonal food, beverage and retail locations, and Photos with Santa inside his toy workshop.

Step inside the Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas to decorate a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit alongside of your gingerbread friends Cinnamon and Nutmeg, who will give hugs and pose for one-of-a-kind holiday photos.

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive sing-a-long show with a warm cookie and glass milk finale.

Who would have thought that you could get the chance to play in the real snow in Orlando, but at Santa’s Snow Throw you have the chance to toss snowballs at a variety of interactive targets.

One of our family's favorite activities in the Alpine Village is the chance to go Snow Tubing down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. Then in the evenings race down the hills with Cosmic Tubing, complete with flashing LED lights and high-spirited holiday music.

But the fun doesn't stop at  ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World or in the Alpine Village, because the entire Gaylord Palms Resort is filled with festive cheer and fun activities for the entire family.

The Gaylord Palms welcomes back the exciting and mesmerizing Cirque Dreams Unwrapped for an all-new 25 minute show featuring never-before-seen acts, artistry and costumes set in a magical and timeless wonderland bring this new high-flying adventure for the entire family onto the atrium stage. 

It doesn't get more festive than the Gaylord Palms’ atrium, and this year the resort's Christmas Tree comes alive with a brand new show called 'Joyful' that is filled millions of dancing, choreographed lights to a festive holiday musical score nightly.

The all-new Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt sends guests to find Snowburst, the Gaylord Hotels Polar Bear, along with his bear buddies (each with a holiday talent) as they make sure Gaylord Palms is festively decorated with holiday cheer!

If you want to kick off your day at the Resort with a breakfast filled with delicious food and friends, Villa de Flora is hosting a Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, allowing guests to pose with Snoopy and hang out with Charlie Brown and Lucy. In addition to the Peanuts Gang meet and greets, the breakfast includes a delicious morning buffet with 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.

The Gaylord Palms offers a variety of holiday packages, ticket options, and for more information check out ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.

 

 

 

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