Snow and ice in Orlando? You bet.
The holiday season kicks off in late November at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, with the return of ICE!, the award-winning icy attraction, and the resort’s 41-day Christmas celebration. With more than two million lights and a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, families will feel at home for the holidays during their visit to Kissimmee, which is part of greater Orlando.
ICE! and the Christmas Celebration
From the third week in November through the New Year, families visiting the Gaylord Palms Resort can experience an ICE! theme based on a classic holiday film, story, or poem. Carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice and kept at a crisp nine degrees, the icy exhibit depicts life-size, favorite scenes.
The attraction features a signature two-story ice slide room and an interactive The Frostbite Factory experience where visitors can see first-hand how master ice-carving Chinese artisans create ICE!
Other activities include:
- snow tubing and ice skating
- decorating gingerbread houses
- Festival of Trees, with dozens of extravagantly decorated Christmas trees at the resort
- carriage rides
- Opryland kids train
- holiday-themed scavenger hunt
More About Gaylord Palms Resort
One of the largest hotels in the Orlando area, this sprawling 1,400-room resort is a destination in itself with 4.5-acre triple atrium complete with waterfalls, fountain shows, live alligators and turtles, and winding paths.
The landscaping is designed to showcase the best of Florida, including the old-world spirit of St. Augustine, the rustic charm of the Everglades, and the buzz of Key West. Kids will not want to miss the alligator and fish feedings (check the hotel schedule for times) and other nature activities offered by the resort on a regular basis.
Families will definitely love the Cypress Springs Water Park with its zero-entry swimming pool, water slides, surfing simulator, water games pool and adventure treehouse with dumping buckets. Dive-in movies are regularly offered, and nearby fire pits are available for roasting s'mores.
The resort also five restaurants, a fitness center, spa, a game room, and a wide variety of rooms and suites of varying sizes. Need a babysitter? Kids Nite Out is an in-room babysitting service that customizes the experience based on the age of the child. Certified, insured staff members bring age-appropriate books, games and toys.
This resort is located in Kissimmee, within minutes to Walt Disney World via a free shuttle service. Particularly outside the holiday season, the Gaylord Palms does a bang-up meetings business. So if you don't love seeing folks in convention name tags, consider yourself warned.