Every year, Central Florida welcomes families from all over to world as they celebrate their respective holiday season. That magical time of year brings people closer together and puts everyone in a state of celebration.
This holiday season, Gaylord Palms Resort will help with that celebration as they welcome “ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World,” showcasing different cultures and their wintertime festivities. In addition to the new “ICE!” attraction theme, other celebrations of the holidays will join to create the resort’s “Everything Christmas in One Extraordinary Place” event.
One of the area’s signature Christmas events, “ICE!” celebrates its 15th season of bringing frozen fun to Floridians! This year’s event celebrates the world’s diverse holiday traditions, representing United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and more.
“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.”
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.
New performances like an exciting “Cirque Dreams Unwrapped,” reimagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. 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. This latest spectacle is a thrilling 25-minute, action-packed experience of amazement, theatricality and imagination that will have guests on the edge of their seats.
Though it already will be filled with grand holiday displays, Gaylord Palms’ atrium becomes even more merry and bright during “Joyful”, a dazzling new multisensory experience surrounding the resort’s six-story Christmas tree. “Joyful” will feature an exclusive holiday musical score along with millions of dancing, choreographed lights during nightly shows that illuminate the resort’s atrium.
The all-new Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt sends guests to find Snowburst, the Gaylord Hotels Polar Bear, along with his bear buddies as they make sure Gaylord Palms is festively decorated with holiday cheer! In addition, guests can choose from all kinds of furry friends to bring home, including the exclusive light-up Snowburst polar bear, as imaginations soar at the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Gaylord Palms.
Some returning favorites will include Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, gingerbread decorating, Santa’s snow throw, snow tubing and of course photos with Santa.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from November 21, 2017 through January 7, 2018, including holidays. For additional information and to book packages or tickets, visit ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.