The Gaylord Texan Resort’s Arctic Holiday tradition is back after a two year hiatus. Guests are invited to “freeze the day” this Christmas as the hotel’s longtime holiday tradition ICE! returns starting on November 11, 2022.
Using more than two million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of ice, the holiday classic movie, The Polar Express, will be brought to life an on display through January 1, 2023. Ice carvings range in size from details as tiny as a coin to soaring scenes more than 30 feet tall. While 9-degree temperatures ensure ICE! is one of the coldest spots in Texas, guests experiencing the attraction will be provided Gaylord Texan’s signature blue parkas to keep them warm.
Inside of the ICE! attraction, guests can take rides down two-story-tall ice slides and traverse through ice tunnels and arches. The experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to an awe-inspiring Nativity scene, meticulously carved and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice.
While ICE! is the signature attraction for the 2022 Christmas at Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas celebration, there are plenty of other festive activities, events, attractions and dazzling decorations throughout the resort. More than two million lights are displayed throughout the resort along with elaborately themed Christmas trees all throughout the garden atrium and convention center, more than 15,000 ornaments, and miles of garland. Christmas shows and activities are presented in the atrium, while parts of the convention center transform into Christmas Village, a bustling, holiday hamlet with village storefronts.
Here’s a rundown of everything taking place this holiday season at Gaylord Texan!
- Get in the Christmas spirit at “Cirque: Winter Wonderland”. This action-packed fusion of theatre and cirque features high-flying stunts, acrobatic feats, jaw-dropping juggling, stunning contortion, and more.
- The resort’s atrium comes alive each night and dazzles with thousands of dancing lights on a towering Christmas tree, synchronized to a high-energy soundtrack during the #LIT Light Show.
- A sparkling array of larger-than-life décor and immersive state-of-the-art light elements will wow guests with one-of-a-kind photo ops and memory-making moments melding modern technology with good ol’ fashioned holiday tradition.
- Guests can test their winter weather wits as they race against the clock inside the three exciting Escape Rooms: School’s Out! Holiday Breakout, It’s Showtime!, and The Holiday Heist.
- Grab a tube and zoom down the two-story, eight-lane Snow Tubing hill covered in real snow!
- At Santa’s Snow Throw, guests can grab their very own bucket of real snowballs and take aim at interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves.
- Enjoy a festive perfect day or evening at our 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink made with real ice.
- Take a spin on a timeless, family-friendly carousel. Enjoy endless fun with an unlimited ride ticket!
There’s snow much more to do!
- Make sure your Christmas shopping is complete at the Emporium in the Village. This festive store features wall-to-wall holiday gifts, collectibles, toys, plush, home décor, apparel, ornaments, branded merchandise and more.
- Learn the secrets of being a part of “Team Santa” at the Elf Workshop. Santa’s top toymakers share the secrets of becoming one of St. Nick’s helpers as they create a special keepsake gift or craft to take home for someone special.
- In the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, guests let their Christmas creativity run wild while they adorn gingerbread treats. After they’ve reached confection perfection with their edible art, they can enjoy a sweet meet-and-greet and photograph with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man.
- In Christmas Village, guests can experience Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Guests make their own furry friend, take part in the iconic Heart Ceremony, and personalize them with seasonal outfits, accessories, sounds and scents.
There’s More in Store with Charlie Brown and Friends™!
Your favorite Charlie Brown character and friends will be featured in two more holiday events at Gaylord Texan – a character dining experience and a family scavenger hunt.
- Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends™ is a one-of-a-kind dining experience including a delicious breakfast to enjoy with friends and family. Afterward, take photos with your favorite members of the Peanuts gang like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy!
- At the Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt, you’ll search high and low to help Snoopy deck his house out for the Dog House Decorating Competition in this fun scavenger hunt. Complete the quest to win a souvenir.
And finally, chat with the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, and make sure you secure a spot on his prestigious Nice List. Santa will meet guests from November 11 through December 24, before he heads back to the North Pole for his gift-giving journey. Presented by DEI.
Cash in on these special offers!
Also being unwrapped this year: new Christmas at Gaylord Texan packages that include special room rates and admission to select events. Guests are encouraged to book their experiences early, as advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events. Admission is limited to many of the holiday experiences and showtimes.
Get 50% off!
Get 50% off tickets on select dates to ICE! featuring The Polar Express and Merry & Light. Just use the promo code: EGGNOG. Read on for all of the details.
Enjoy ICE! with 50% off! Offer valid between 11/11-11/19, 11/28-12/1, 12/4-12/8, 12/11-12/15, 12/26-1/1. Offer valid for listed dates only. Not valid with any other discounts or oﬀers. Tickets must be purchased online. Limit of 10 tickets per purchaser. Not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply. Discount based on 50% oﬀ GENERAL ADMISSION ticket pricing and valid for all dates mentioned in the promotion. Limited number of tickets available on select dates.
Enjoy Merry & Light for half the price! Offer valid between 11/28-12/1, 12/5-12/8, and 12/12-12/15. Offer valid for listed dates only. Not valid with any other discounts or oﬀers. Tickets must be purchased online. Limit of 10 tickets per purchaser. Not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply. Discount based on 50% oﬀ GENERAL ADMISSION ticket pricing and valid for all dates mentioned in the promotion. Limited number of tickets available on select dates.
For tickets, more information, or to book an overnight stay, visit ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com.