Gaylord National Harbor Holiday Experience — ICE! 2017 featuring Rudolph and Friends. We recently visited the Gaylord to experience this exciting Christmas event. Check out all the fun….
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! I can not contain my excitement for this year’s ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord National Resort! Hands down Rudolph is my favorite holiday animated special and ICE! does not disappoint. Before you enter Christmas Forest nestled at the North Pole, be prepared….it is cold.. Very, very, cold! 9 degrees cold!
ICE! 2017 Event
ICE! will provide you with a hooded parka to wear over your own coat, hat, scarf, and mittens. All these layers are necessary and aid in creating a unique North Pole experience. Once fashionably clad in your blue parka, your ICE! adventure begins!
Stroll through this winter wonderland carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Colorful exhibits feature favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The ICE! story begins with a scene depicting Rudolph as a fawn and his surprising red glowing nose. As you walk through the ice-scapes the story unfolds featuring all your favorite characters: Rudolph, Clarice, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, the Misfit Toys, and Santa.
A fun Christmas event for Washington D.C. kids, and parents too!
Kids (and adults!) will squeal with delight as they slip and slide down the ice slide! Seriously, adults should join their little ones for this icy thrill!
After numerous rides down the ice slide, journey through an icicle tunnel and finish your North Pole journey with Rudolph. Snap a group picture in front of the final Rudolph scene depicting Rudolph triumphantly leading Santa’s sled.
Once exiting ICE!, continue enjoying reindeer games as you enter Christmas Village. Greet a gingerbread man and decorate a gingerbread house at Gingerbread Corner. Practice your twirls and graceful falls on the indoor Glacier Glide ice-skating rink. Enjoy waving to bystanders from the Potomac Express Train and take a turn on the Christmas Carousel. Create a new friend at the Build-a-Bear workshop. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Stroll through the Christmas Shoppe for Rudolph themed merchandise and other holiday items. Search for hidden Build-A-Bears through an interactive scavenger hunt. Last but not least, stop in for a visit with Santa! So much holiday fun!
The Gaylord Hotel
Worked up an appetite? No worries! The Gaylord National Resort features numerous dining options nestled in their indoor village including a character dining experience.
Visitors also can delight in a new family breakfast featuring Rudolph, the star of ICE! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast is a one-of-a-kind interactive character breakfast experience with tableside visits by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast is offered on select days and costs $39.99* for adults ages 12 and older and $26.99* for children ages 4 to 11. Kids 3 and younger are free.
New this year, Gaylord National also is introducing a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular, set within the resort’s stunning 19-story atrium. Visitors can enjoy the rich harmonies of classic and modern songs that celebrate the joy of the holiday season performed by Gaylord National singers. Tickets start at $11.99* for all ages. Military pricing is available.
The show is immediately followed by a free Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snow flurry and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree.
The children are already begging to return! Ok, twist my arm! Let’s go!