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Friday, July 14, 2017

A new world of ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort

The Family at Gaylord Palms ICE! in Orlando, FL (2016)

Me and Graci bundled up!
Exciting news..... one of my family's favorite places to go during Christmas time is in Orlando at Gaylord Palms ICE! It is always a blast and cold! Last year my whole family (19 people) went to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday! Today they announced the theme of this year's ICE! It will be ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, showcasing different cultures and their wintertime festivities. 

“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.”

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped
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. When guests enter the nine-degree attraction this year, they will discover 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. The ICE! experience ends with the Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase  and the traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.

What I also love is at the end of your ICE! tour is the nativity scene reminding us about the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus' birth! We also really enjoyed the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped - reimagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. We had a blast doing the other activities as well, which will all be back!


The kids posing
with Charlie Brown at breakfast
Award-winning buffet restaurant Villa de Flora brings back the hearty and heartwarming 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.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms invites guests to return to the festive Alpine Village, the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, the area is home to various attractions; shows; seasonal food, beverage and retail locations; and Photos with Santa, where holiday memories can be captured inside his toy workshop. 

Graci and Randi enjoying all the
Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas continues to be a deliciously fun holiday tradition. Guests may select a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit to enjoy a sticky and fun interactive experience, creating sweet souvenirs that can be carried home unless someone eats them first! The delightful larger-than-life gingerbread pair, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, will also be available for toasty hugs and holiday photos.
Randi making cookies!

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive show. Guests enjoy classic holiday stories and a sing-a-long, plus a delicious finale as the holiday hostess presents everyone with warm cookies and a glass of cold milk.

Santa’s Snow Throw puts real snow in the hands of guests as they show off their pitching prowess by tossing snowballs at a variety of interactive targets. Bragging rights go to those with the best aim!

Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. This all-ages attraction offers both single and double tubes to accommodate children and parents. Evenings are enlivened with Cosmic Tubing, complete with flashing LED lights and high-spirited holiday music.

Mark your calendars for Christmas at Gaylord Palms which is open daily from November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

Here's information for booking!!!
The best way to experience all of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is with an overnight stay. One-night packages start at $240 plus tax, resort fee and parking. Packages include ICE! tickets for two (with option to add additional adults or children) plus a souvenir family photo. Overnight guests may also schedule a visit to ICE! during the daily hotel guest-exclusive Extra Cool Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Make the holidays merrier and extend the package to stay for multiple nights! For additional information and to book packages or tickets, visit

The beautiful nativity scene at the end of ICE!
A wonderful yearly tradition!

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