United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. ICE! Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 12/11/19 Fact checked by Erin Medlicott Fact checked by Erin Medlicott LinkedIn Twitter New York University Rutgers University Erin Medlicott is a fact checker and researcher with a background in lifestyle and finance. Prior to her work at TripSavvy, she did financial research for the American Express Departures Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal. She earned a TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Gaylord National Resort As part of Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! is a special holiday event in the Washington, D.C. area you won't want to miss. This one-of-a-kind event involves massive ice sculptures that are carved to tell timeless Christmastime stories, located in the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland. This holiday season, the popular holiday attraction returns with a brand-new theme for 2019, Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." ICE! is open daily beginning November 15, 2019, and closes for the season on December 30, 2019. The resort will offer a variety of immersive activities in the hotel’s exhibit hall. Upon entrance, guests will discover a decorated Christmas town square, complete with holiday merchandise, a hot chocolate stand, Santa’s sleigh, and a carousel ride. Gaylord National’s ICE! At the Gaylord National Resort, visitors step inside a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice weighing more than 2 million pounds, hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. Produced exclusively for Gaylord Hotels, the attraction is fully interactive, allowing guests to roam inside, around, and on top of holiday scenes. The indoor, walk-through attraction is housed in an enormous 15,000 square feet structure that is specially constructed and thickly insulated to help maintain its cold internal temperature. To stay comfortable inside, guests are loaned oversized winter coats to wear. It gets pretty chilly, so bring a hat and a pair of gloves. History and Artistry The master artisans who created Gaylord National’s ICE! are from Harbin, China, a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province that is world-famous for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival. Every winter, more than 2,000 sculpture artists carve a massive, 100-acre walk-through Ice Park and a full-size Ice City from blocks of ice taken from the nearby Songhua River. Gaylord National Resort brought 40 of Harbin's most talented master artisans to the U.S. to showcase their amazing talents in creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. They arrive in mid-October and stay onsite for more than 30 days to build and hand-carve the attraction in time for its debut. Tickets Admission is required to enter the exhibit, and you can purchase them in advance online or at the door. ICE! fills up quickly on many days, especially weekends, so buying tickets online is encouraged. The prices depend on the day you visit, with the most expensive days on weekends and the days right around Christmas. Tickets start at $33 for adults and $25 for children. Kids under 4 years enter free, and there are also discounts for active and retired military members. Christmas Decor and Free Nightly Entertainment at the Gaylord The Starlight Christmas Tree will be the star of the hotel’s nightly holiday fountain show, "Sounds of the Season." The tree is comprised of 50 five-point stars, inspired by Washington, D.C. Americana and representative of the 50 states of America. The tree topper displays one large star—signifying the Capital—and a small cluster of stars to pay homage to the deco liberty coin. The holiday fountain is on display all season long, and the Sounds of the Season concert series has a show every Monday night from November 25, 2019, through December 16, 2019. Additional Seasonal Activities Cirque Dreams Unwrapped is performed within the hotel's stunning 19-story atrium. The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas fable performed on then atrium stage and in the air with spectacular costumes and soaring imagination.Enjoy an Ice Skating experience in the resort’s ornate Christmas Village. Ice Skating costs $17 for all ages.The Christmas Village is home to a variety of family-friendly entertainment including Cookies with Mrs. Claus, a carousel, miniature train ride, photos with Santa, and Gingerbread Decorating CornerA new family breakfast experience features the Grinch himself. Offered on select days, you can start your morning with a Who-ville themed buffet while characters visit your table. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Top Holiday Getaways Near the Washington, D.C. What to Do in November in Washington, D.C. Guide to Christmas in Washington, D.C. Experience All-Out Holiday Cheer During Opryland's A Country Christmas 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Washington, D.C. Discover an Indoor Winter Wonderland at Opryland's Ice! Exhibit Celebrate Christmas at National Harbor Attend Dozens of Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies Near Washington, D.C. Free Christmas and Holiday Events in the Washington, D.C. 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