Every time we go to VA (which seems to be all the time these days) we cross over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, as it connects the states. It's only a half our away from us! We also love visiting National Harbor. I'm looking forward to exploring it this winter. So, what are you doing this weekend? If you don't have plans, Christmas at Gaylord National begins November 19th and goes until January 1, 2017. If you already have plans, scratch them. You don't want to miss out on the opening weekend!
Fred has told me that he's been there, and everything is spectacular. It takes 30 days to transform the 2000 room hotel into this winter wonderland! Can you imagine watching that take place? Be sure to check the dates for any activities you decided to do!
Within its new Christmas Village, visitors will enter Gaylord National’s most famous frozen attraction, ICE! presented by Pepsi, featuring a new theme of Christmas Around the World. More than two million pounds of colorful ice is hand-carved by artisans from Harbin, China to illustrate scenes celebrating the world’s diverse cultural traditions. The 9 degrees walk-through exhibit will showcase holiday traditions from Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico and more. Adults and kids alike can enjoy two-story ice slides, an enchanting Parade of Toys, live ice carving by master artisans and interactive photo opportunities including sitting in Santa’s sleigh – all experienced with a provided blue parka.
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World is open daily from Saturday, November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017, excluding December 5, 6 and 7. Tickets start at $29* for adults ages 12 and older and $21* for children ages 4 to 11 on value days; and $36* for adults and $29* for children during general admission. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing are available. Hours vary and can be found at www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com.
Following a visit to ICE!, visitors will return to the hotel’s festive Christmas Village. Families and friends can grab a cup of cocoa, shop at the holiday store and experience a variety of seasonal attractions for an additional fee including:
- NEW Cookies with Mrs. Claus experience where kids can enjoy a delicious treat and Christmas story with Santa’s favorite lady (Guests also receive an autographed keepsake book)
- NEW Build-A-Bear Workshop© that lets guests build their very own furry winter friend
- Holiday rides including classic family favorites, the Carousel and Teacups
- Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, where families can decorate a gingerbread house, sleigh or ugly sweater with special visits from the Gingerbread Man
- The Elf on the Shelf© Scavenger Hunt booklet to find scout elves throughout the hotel
To experience unlimited Christmas fun, visitors can purchase a Play All Day Pass that includes one admission to ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, the Gingerbread Decorating Corner experience, admission to three holiday rides – including the Potomac Express Train, The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt and a cup of hot cocoa. The package costs $59.45* for adults ages 12 and older and $59.44* for children ages 4 to 11. Kids ages 3 and younger are free.
The Washington, D.C. area hotel offers additional Christmas events and activities all season long with nightly holiday laser light shows, dining events and more.
Check out all of the fun Gaylord National has in store for your family this Christmas season! If you take your family, be sure to show me any photos you share by tagging me on Instagram! I'm @MimiBakerMN and I'd love to see all of the fun you're having.
Where do you like to visit when you celebrate the Christmas season?