The Best ICE at Gaylord National EVER: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

My family and I have made a holiday pilgrimage to experience Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! attraction each year since its inception. But I have to say, this year’s display featuring the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is my favorite ICE! to date. If you have always wanted to don those snazzy blue parkas, see the colorful ice sculptures and slide down those massive ice slides, this year is the year!

Of course, ICE! is just one element of Gaylord National Resort complete holiday celebration, Christmas On The Potomac. The full holiday line-up is happening now through New Year’s Day and ICE is just the tip of the ICE-berg.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…in ICE!

You are going to love ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Everyone’s favorite 1964 Christmas classic is portrayed in stunning, larger-than-life vignettes kept at a chilling 9-degrees. You’ll receive cozy, lined, full-length blue parkas with hoods to wear atop your own winter coats, gloves and hats as you walk through 13 scenes of more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures.

You and your family will see breathtaking scenes featuring your favorite characters – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice the flirting girl reindeer, Yukon Cornelius, Santa, Mrs. Claus….the gang’s all there!

The best part? Sliding down two-story tall ice slides in the Island of Misfit Toys. The attraction concludes with a breathtaking Nativity scene carved from crystal ice and set behind a twinkling light curtain.

ICE! is open daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Tickets cost $32 for adults ages 12 and older and $24 for children ages 4 to 11 on value days; $38 for adults and $31 for children on general admission days; and $39 for adults and $32 for children on peak days. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing is available and hours vary. Buy tickets.

Get tickets at the ICE! Cyber Sale and get 30 percent off on select dates! 

After ICE!, enter the Christmas Village (and get Santa pics!) 

Upon entering the Christmas Village, guests will delight in discovering a new ice skating attraction, carousel and train rides, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa and a Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. To enjoy several of these attractions at a reduced rate, the resort has created Play and Save packages starting at $29.45. Get Play and Save tickets.

The resort also offers a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt throughout Gaylord National Resort to gain a “beary” special prize.

Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Character Breakfast 

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.

We experienced this breakfast and not only were the activities memorable and fun for all, the food was amazing! There is a deluxe waffle station with mounds of chocolate, candy, berries and creams…totally what Buddy the Elf would fix you at the North Pole. There’s also a station with omelets made to order, a big hot buffet with bacons, sausages, eggs, potatoes and more, and dozens of pastries, yogurts and fruit. 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. Get tickets.

Gaylord National Resort’s JOY– A Holiday Spectacular 

If ice sculptures weren’t enough, the resort also has transformed itself into a Christmas wonderland. Featuring more than two million lights, a suspended 55-foot tall Christmas tree and a 20-foot wide Washington, D.C. gingerbread display.

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. Get tickets.

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.

Mistletoe Mixology Class

For visitors 21 and older, Gaylord National’s beverage director has created a Mistletoe Mixology class designed to teach participants the basics of cocktail making. The 90-minute hands-on class includes crafting three unique holiday cocktails paired with hors d’oeuvres provided by the resort chef. The class costs $29.00 and is available select dates during Christmas On The Potomac.

Make It An Overnight to Remember 

To experience the best of Christmas in the Washington, D.C. area, the resort offers two overnight packages including unlimited priority entry to ICE! You’ll bump up to the front of the line! Packages include:

ICE! Is Nice Package
• One night room accommodations
• Unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Package starts at $219 for two people.

Christmas On The Potomac Package
• One night room accommodations
• Unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
• $100 resort credit per night for hotel dining and Relâche Spa services
• One (1) complimentary souvenir ICE! photo
Package starts at $279 for two people.

For more information on Christmas On The Potomac at Gaylord National Resort and to book a package or tickets to ICE! and other holiday attractions, visit, call 301-965-4000 and follow


My family and I received tickets to ICE!, character breakfast and Christmas Village tickets for review. No compensation received. All opinions are my own. 

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