It is just one month until Christmas at Gaylord Palms kicks off, with the signature attraction ICE! Featuring The Polar Express as the theme for 2019. This is the 17th year for the popular attraction that features 2 million pounds of ice carved by artisans from Harbin, China. And each year, there are more new additions to Christmas offerings at the resort, it is almost like a theme park in how many there are. Some have an additional charge, some don’t and most can be bundled into money-saving packages (with room night/s or without). The dates this year for the event are daily from November 25, 2019 through January 5, 2020. One new free offering this year is “The Greatest Story”, a “multicultural celebration of the Christ story” that will alternate with the show “Cirque Dreams Unwrapped”. Those shows do not have a cost, unless you reserve seating. Watch our video below of the artisans being welcomed to Gaylord Palms and working on ice sculptures. The press release with all offerings is below that.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (October 24, 2019) – This holiday season, guests at Gaylord Palms will feel the magic of Christmas come alive around them as favorite film “The Polar Express” is featured inside ICE!, the resort’s signature holiday experience. Additionally, the Orlando-area resort is home to an endearing mix of Christmassy activities and shows, providing all that is needed for the most unforgettable Christmas at Gaylord Palms, presented by Pepsi.
ALL ABOARD FOR ICE!
A Christmas classic, “The Polar Express” arrives at Gaylord Palms as an all-new theme for ICE!, presented by DEI. As guests enter the attraction, they will embark on a magical adventure to the North Pole, while learning about friendship, bravery and the true spirit of Christmas. A truly heart-warming tale, “The Polar Express” will come alive for guests in a world made from more than two million pounds of ice, hand-carved into sculptures and interactive features to recreate iconic scenes from the film.
“Visitors to Gaylord Palms will be among the first to experience ‘The Polar Express’ as this immersive frozen attraction,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “Christmas is always a memorable, magical time for us here, and we all feel this film embodies the magic and wonder of the season that we want to share with our guests of all ages!”
The ICE! attraction is crafted by artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures. This year, as guests explore the attraction, they will discover more than ten favorite scenes from “The Polar Express,” along with the event’s two-story ice slides and the popular Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase. The ICE! experience concludes with a separate area dedicated to a traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.
NEW INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
Exciting LIVE PERFORMANCES TO CelebratE The Season
New for 2019, The Greatest Story will be told on stage beneath the resort’s signature Christmas tree, highlighting the traditional origin of the holiday. A multicultural celebration of the Christ story, guests will embark on an unforgettable musical journey, bringing “The Greatest Story” to life as never seen before. Six storytellers come together from around the globe to share this story of faith, hope and joy to the world.
The Gaylord Palms Adventure Kids will join the holiday fun this year, bringing their new performance “Wonders of Winter” to the Alpine Village stage. Kids can sing and dance along with Sophie the Adventure Kid, Seth the Sea Turtle and Ava the Alligator, learning about all things uniquely winter.
Gaylord Palms’ St. Augustine atrium will be home to an all-new, dazzling light show each evening! #LIT Light Show is a multisensory experience featuring a new energized musical score accompanied by millions of dancing, choreographed lights displayed around the resort’s six-story Christmas tree.
The Sounds of the Season Concert Series returns to fill the atrium with the joyful music of the season for two very special performances. On December 8, five-time Grammy® award winner Sandi Patty, known simply as “The Voice,” will share an inspiring holiday show with highlights from her many Christmas albums. Locally based and internationally known, VoicePlay will create a total theatrical experience on December 19 as their full stage show presents amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies with their music-without-music sound. Both performances include a concert patron-exclusive admission to the ICE! attraction.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms will again present the Three Kings Festival, a special commemoration of the extended holiday season celebrated by many Christians in Spain and Latin America honoring the Three Wise Men and their visit to meet baby Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. Among the special activities planned is a musical show “The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos” along with special food and beverage options. The event will run from December 29 through January 5.
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS RETURN
“Holiday thrills” take on a whole new meaning during Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a 25-minute, action-packed experience featuring soaring acrobatics, theatricality and imagination that will have guests on the edge of their seats. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped features new acts and performers each year to bring to life a magical and timeless Christmas wonderland, all imagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg.
Award-winning buffet restaurant Villa de Flora welcome special Christmastime friends during The Elf on the Shelf® Character Breakfast, where guests can join Santa’s Official Scout Elves for a fun and festive character breakfast. Kids and adults will enjoy a delicious buffet spread complete with classic breakfast favorites and live cooking stations, enjoying special visits from Santa’s Official Scout Elves as they dine.
Guests exploring the meandering paths inside the resort’s Everglades atrium will find the Christmas Tree Trail, a display of nine magnificent trees provided by Balsam HillTM. Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s chief Christmas Tree Decorator, has personally prepared these for grand display at Gaylord Palms. From snowmen and candy canes to reindeer and nutcrackers, each tree represents one of Sparkle’s favorite things about Christmas, with one even honoring the Florida-themed resort!
The Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt will have families and friends enlisting in Santa’s Secret Service to decode some fun. Guests will utilize their very own Santa’s Secret Service Decoder Ring to decipher clues to become full-fledged members of Santa’s Secret Service. Only the most elite yuletide sleuths will be able to locate the unique Christmassy clues hidden throughout the resort’s atrium to break the code and earn a Santa’s Secret Service badge.
All ages will delight in the holiday hijinks inside the Naughty or Nice Escape Room, as mischievous Jack Frost has moved the names of “Nice” Gaylord guests onto the Naughty side of Santa’s delivery list! Guests will need to work together to follow the clues and solves the puzzles to secure a spot on the better side and avoid a stocking full of coal!
The immersive, interactive Reindeer Express Post Office returns this year, where everyone is invited to jot down their top Christmas wishes on a postcard before entering this special facility to launch their wishes off on a journey to Santa.
Festive Alpine Village will again be the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, the village is home to various attractions and shows, Photos with Santa, seasonal food and beverage options plus holiday retail locations, including a Build-A-Bear Workshop®, where imaginations soar. Guests choose from all kinds of furry friends to make and bring home, including a Gaylord Hotels-exclusive bear.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner returns, now located inside the Alpine Village Sweet Shop! Guests may select a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit to enjoy a sticky and fun interactive experience, creating sweet souvenirs to take home. The Alpine Village Sweet Shop will offer additional candies and treats for purchase to decorate sugary masterpieces or to delight someone’s sweet tooth. The deliciously fun gingerbread pair, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, will also be available for toasty hugs and holiday photos.
Every evening, the Alpine Village Sweet Shop will present Sugary Sweet Storytime, transporting guests to the world of “The Nutcracker” during an interactive show led by the Sugarplum Fairy herself. The experience is completed with a one-of-a-kind, super sweet, super sparkly and super tasty Sugarplum Hot Chocolate in a festive souvenir mug.
Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive show. Guests enjoy classic holiday stories and a sing-a-long, plus a delicious finale as the holiday hostess presents everyone with warm cookies and a glass of cold milk.
Santa’s Snow Throw puts real snow in the hands of guests as they show off their pitching prowess by tossing snowballs at a variety of interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves. Bragging rights go to those with the best aim!
Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. This all-ages attraction offers both single and double tubes to accommodate children and parents.
The best way to experience all of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is with an overnight stay. One-night packages start at $224 plus tax, resort fee and parking. Packages include ICE! tickets for two (with option to add additional adults or children). Overnight guests may also schedule a visit to ICE! during the daily hotel guest-exclusive Extra Cool Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Make the holidays merrier and extend the package to stay for multiple nights! For additional information and to book packages or tickets, visit ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.
Gaylord Palms Resort offers Christmastime field trips for schools, youth organizations and religious groups, customizable with educational or performance opportunities. Special ICE! ticket rates also are available to groups of ten adults or more. To learn more about group experiences, visit GaylordHotelsNews.com/GaylordPalmsFieldTrips.
For companies wishing to offer their staff an unforgettable holiday outing, Gaylord Palms offers the ideal “Everything Christmas” setting for onsite catered events with 10 to 3,000 guests, with or without an ICE! experience. To learn more about planning a holiday event, contact GPLocalSocial@marriott.com.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from November 25, 2019 through January 5, 2020 including holidays.
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