Gaylord Texan’s ICE! is back for its 15th season after a two-year hiatus, according to a news release. ICE! will run from Nov. 11, 2022, to Jan.1, 2023, and will bring the holiday movie “The Polar Express'' to life through a team of 40 ice artisans who will craft the nearly 17,000-square-foot frozen world. With the attraction kept at 9 degrees Fahrenheit, guests will be given parkas to keep warm as they tour the exhibit.
“We can’t wait for our guests to once again experience the magic and wonder of ICE! during this year’s Lone Star Christmas celebration,” said Chuck Pacioni, general manager of Gaylord Texan Resort, in the release. “Since debuting here in 2005, ICE! has always been a one-of-a-kind attraction for our guests, and we’re excited to welcome this Gaylord Hotels tradition back this year with 'The Polar Express' and all the beloved characters from the classic holiday movie.”
Inside the attraction, guests can ride down two-story-tall ice slides, explore ice tunnels and arches, and visit the Carver’s Showcase to see live ice sculpting demonstrations. Guests can also see a Nativity scene carved out of ice.
Along with ICE!, the Gaylord Texan Resort will have several attractions for the holiday season as part of the Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas Celebration. More than 2 million lights will be sprawled across the 125-acre resort as well as numerous Christmas trees, 15,000 ornaments and miles of garland, the release stated. The Gaylord Texan will also host several live events, meals and other entertainment throughout the season.
The “Cirque: Winter Wonderland” is a fusion of theatre and cirque with stunts, acrobatics and juggling contortion. The #LIT Light Show will feature thousands of dancing lights synchronized to a soundtrack.
Interactive attractions include indoor snow tubing, holiday-themed escape rooms, a Christmas carousel, snowball throwing and a 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink.
Online reservations are required for all ticketed events. For tickets and more information, visit christmasatgaylordtexan.marriott.com.