Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort has begun for the 2022 season, with the welcome return of ICE! after a 2-year absence featuring Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. We were invited for the weekend to experience much of what is being offered. We have covered ICE! at Gaylord Palms since 2010 and visited previous to that. So much has changed over the years! The resort offers a full slate of activities that rivals some theme parks. Much of it is ticketed, but some of it is included once at the resort. Where else can you go ice tubing and throw snowballs in Central Florida?
Here are some highlights of what you can find for Christmas at Gaylord Palms!
The Grinch in ICE!
ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – The story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is carved into 2 million pounds of ice, complete with ice slides. (Read our story with 50+ photos and a walk-through video here). Dress warmly, the multi-room display is a frosty 9 degrees!
Ice Tubing – Gaylord Palms says of this attraction, In this mechanized, snow play space you will slide through factory conveyor belts that have frozen solid and ride tubes down a thrilling plummet slide or hilly ice coaster at Snow Factory.
These slides are a lot faster than the slides inside the ICE! walk-through and very popular with guests! Gaylord Palms had experimented through the years with various ways to incorporate snow and ice into the holiday season, and they perfected it a few years ago with this and the Snowball Build & Blast.
Jeff is ready to throw a snowball
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas – Gaylord Palms calls this a “Cirque-styled Christmas show”. “Cirque: Spirit of Christmas” features acrobatics and stunts (many in the air). This is a different show than the previous “Cirque Dreams Unwrapped”. It is a perfect show for the Gaylord Palms Resort atrium. Tickets can be found online, and we did see a sign for standby seating as well.
“Cirque: Spirit of Christmas” performers
Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions – Join Mrs. Claus for the retelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and sing holiday songs. It is a fun, interactive celebration and I think especially nice for kids. The Gaylord Palms website mentions having warm, freshly-baked cookies but the cookie we received was an individually packaged, wrapped cookie (but still good, a Sandy’s Amazing Chocolate Chunk Cookie). A half pint of milk is also given with the cookie.
Shine Light Show – Thousands of dancing lights are synchronized to a (very) high-energy, seasonal soundtrack. The animated light curtains look better than they ever have, with holiday imagery.