Because a friend shared a great deal and we got BOGO event tickets, we went to the Gaylord Texan to see ICE! for the first time ever. Before ever arriving at the exhibit, though, we enjoyed the lights and holiday displays in the hotel. The Gaylord is already a gorgeous venue, but at Christmastime, it's unbelievable. Everything is lit and decorated and no detail is overlooked.
We explored the lobby briefly, then made our way to the main attraction. ICE! is an unbelievable 14,000-square-foot exhibit that features a variety of holiday scenes and sculptures hand-carved by 40 visiting artisans from Harbin, China. The display is comprised of two million pounds of ice and is kept at a wintry nine -- yes, nine -- degrees. This year the Gaylord Texan and ICE! recreated Charlie Brown and the Whole Peanuts Gang from a Charlie Brown Christmas.
Bundled in the Mandatory Blue Parkas
The ICE! Exhibit
Kids Enjoying the Ice Slide
Our Message to You
(Note: please ignore the random lip-licker. James took the photo.)
ICE! was truly a spectacular experience. Here is a little PR video from
the Gaylord in Tennessee, but the concept and process are the same.