3 Reasons to visit ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World at Gaylord National #BlueParka

I recently had the pleasure of taking my family to experience ICE! at Gaylord National featuring Christmas Around the World. I was invited to attend as part of a media event, and we had a blast! If you’ve never been to ICE! then you need to make plans to visit this holiday season.


While this was not our first visit to ICE! we got to experience a new excitement and joy in Christmas Around the World.

We started off with an amazing dinner at the Pienza market where the meals served aligned with the theme with various dishes and treats from around the world.

The food was absolutely yummy and delicious. I had shrimp, crab legs, salmon, rice and pasta. I also had several desserts (check out my Snapchat stories video below).



We also had some special visitors to come and greet us at dinner. I don’t know if my kids were more excited than me, but we loved seeing Snoopy and Charlie Brown.


What is ICE?

I’m glad you asked! ICE! is a magical winter wonderland that will take you on a journey through TWO  MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and two-story-tall ice slides. This year’s journey will take you around the world in a cool nine degrees inside the ice tent.

Is it cold? Absolutely! Is it manageable? Of course, as long as you dress appropriately (regardless of outside weather).

Here is a video of my Snapchat stories from our evening:

What to wear

I made sure to put on layers of long johns and long sleeved tops/sweaters on my kids. They also had on their own coats and gloves in addition to the blue parkas you receive upon entering the tent (follow #BlueParka on social media for some fun pics).


You and your family should definitely plan on wearing hats, scarves and gloves. If you really want to experience everything inside that ICE! has to offer, you want to do it as comfortably as possible. So even if it’s nice weather outside, the temps inside remain 9 degrees. You can thank me later.


So why should you visit ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World?

  • It makes the perfect staycation or holiday getaway
  • It’s a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else (unless you attend one of the other Gaylord sister properties)
  • You get all of the excitement and magic that comes with Christmas in one special location

The ice cold slides inside the ICE! tent.

What is Christmas on the Potomac?

The magic of Christmas comes to Gaylord National Resort, November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017 (note that ICE is closed December 5-7th).


Do you have a holiday getaway planned in the DC area? If so (or if you are in need of a staycation), you definitely want to check out the holiday packages at Gaylord National Resort.

In addition to ICE! there are also some other fun activities and special memories you can take part in.

My kids loved taking pics with Santa and telling him what they wanted for Christmas

My kids loved taking pics with Santa and telling him what they wanted for Christmas


Here is a sneak peek of what to expect this holiday season:

  • ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World
  • Village of the North Pole
  • Breakfast with Charlie Brown™ & Friends
  • The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop®
  • Sights and Sounds of the Season Laser Show
  • Photos with Santa
  • Potomac Express Train, Christmas Carousel and Attractions
  • And much more!

 Here is my Facebook Live video I shot while inside of ICE! #sneakpeek

I forgot to put my earpiece in so my apologies for the low volume.

ICE! Gaylord National - MomNCharge

No idea where hubby was looking LOL

For more information and to purchase your ICE! tickets, click here. Be sure to follow Gaylord National and share your #BlueParka memories on social media.

Disclosure: I received free tickets to this media event to experience ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. As always, all opinons are my own.


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