Photos of ICE at the Gaylord National Resort

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    Christmas Around the World

    Gaylord ICE! 2016
    ••• Gaylord ICE! 2016. © Gaylord National Resort

    Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! is a special holiday attraction created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice, hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. It's an interactive winter wonderland. The theme for the 2016 event is Christmas Around the World showcasing holiday traditions from Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico and more. 

    Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of this spectacular holiday event. See some images from this year and some favorites from past years.

    For attending details, see ICE! - Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

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    Christmas Traditions in Mexico

    ICE 2016
    ••• ICE 2016. © Gaylord National Resort

    The seasonal ice sculpture display includes images that showcase holiday traditions from around the world. This is a display for Mexico. 

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    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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    ••• Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For 2015, the theme of Gaylord National Resort's ICE! was Santa Claus is Coming to Town celebrated the 45th anniversary of the classic television special with scenes including Burgermeister outlawing toys in Sombertown, Winter Warlock’s heart melting and Kris Kringle becoming Santa Claus. The annual holiday display at  National Harbor is a seasonal favorite in the capital region. 

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    Kris Kringle in Sombertown

    Kris Kringle in Sombertown
    ••• Kris Kringle in Sombertown. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    In the television classic Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Kris Kringle wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister is too mean to let that happen.
     

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    Winter Warlock and Kris Kringle

    Wizard and Kris Kringle
    ••• Wizard and Kris Kringle. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    After the Winter Warlock captures Kris and he gives him a toy train as a present, his heart melts and they become friends.

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    Kris and Jessica

    Kris and Jessica
    ••• Kris and Jessica. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Kris and Jessica are married in the decorated wooded glen surrounded by all of their friends.

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    Frosty the Snowman

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    ••• Frosty the Snowman and Kids. Photo © Gaylord National Resort

    In 2014, the theme was Frosty the Snowman  featuring favorite scenes of the magical TV special including: Frosty coming to life; marching through the Town Square; taking a train to the North Pole; and Santa coming to the rescue to make “melted Frosty” whole again – all hand-carved in life-size ice sculptures.

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    Magician - Professor Hinkle

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    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    The magician - Professor Hinkle appears in ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort. The villainous character wants Frosty the Snowman to melt so he can regain his students attention.

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    Frosty the Snowman and Karen

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    ••• Frosty and Karen. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Frosty the Snowman entertains Karen and shares the wonder of the winter season.
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    To All a Good Night

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    ••• Twas the Night Before Christmas. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    The 2013 theme for ICE at the  Gaylord National Resort was "Twas the Night Before Christmas", the classic holiday poem. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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    Statue of Liberty - Christmas in New York

    Statue of Liberty - Christmas in New York
    ••• Statue of Liberty - Christmas in New York. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    ICE 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort included a section featuring ice sculptures of icons of New York City. The Statue of Liberty is dressed up for the holiday season.
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    Shrek

    ••• ICE 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Shrek was the theme for the 2012 ICE at the  Gaylord National Resort.

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    Master Carver

    ••• Master Carver. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Forty master artisans create Gaylord National’s ICE! They are brought to Washington DC from Harbin, China - a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province that is world-famous for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival.
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    Puss N Boots

    Puss N Boots
    ••• Puss N Boots. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Puss N Boots is a family favorite.
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    Dragon

    ••• Dragon - ICE 2012. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Dragon ice sculpture is huge and colorful. It is one of many amazing sculptures at ICE at the Gaylord National Resort.
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    DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar

    Puss N Boots
    ••• ICE 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Gaylord National Resort
    The ice sculptures are amazing! Each year, there is a new theme. In 2011, the DreamWorks’ Madagascar characters delighted kids of all ages in ICE at the Gaylord National Resort.
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    Madagascar Slide

    ••• ICE 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Each year at ICE at the Gaylord National Resort, a slide is created that kids and adults can enjoy.
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    Angel

    ICE at the Gaylord National Resort features a breathtaking, life-sized Nativity scene with a 25-foot ice angel.
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    Grinch in the Chimney

    Grinch in the Chimney
    ••• ICE 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Gaylord National Resort
    In 2010, the theme was How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at ICE at the Gaylord National Resort.
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    Grinch in the Fireplace

    ••• ICE 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    ICE is a spectacular holiday attraction designed only for the Gaylord Hotels.
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    Whoville Characters

    Whoville Characters
    ••• ICE 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort. Photo © Gaylord National Resort
    Some of the ice sculptures are larger than life-sized characters.
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    Horse and Sleigh

    ••• ICE 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Gaylord National Resort first held ICE! at the National Harbor location in 2009. The interactive holiday attraction featured ten different, larger-than-life scenes including a Victorian-style winter forest featuring a horse and sleigh.
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    South Pole Igloo with Dancing Penguins

    ••• ICE 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    ICE! 2009 included a sculpture of a life size South Pole igloo with dancing penguins!
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    Piano ICE Sulpture

    ••• ICE! 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This was one of my favorite sculptures. Note the piano uses a real keyboard.
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    Kissing

    ••• ICE! 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! is a special holiday event in the Washington DC area you won't want to miss! 

    Read more about Christmas at National Harbor, MD.