Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Christmas at the Gaylord Texan

            The Gaylord Texan is a mammoth all-inclusive resort located in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Its amenities include a 25,000 sq ft spa, indoor and outdoor pools, five acres of gardens, a seasonal water park, a convention center, four restaurants, a bar, an on-site night club, and a café. The Gaylord has over 1,600 guest rooms and 152 suites. The Texas themed atrium includes a replica of the San Antonio Riverwalk. 

            At Christmas time, the Gaylord offers a host of holiday activities for families. The highlights begin with ICE! a holiday ice exhibit carved from 2 million pounds of ice. Kept at a chilly 9 degrees, the 14,000-square-foot exhibit hall features scenes from Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Carved over the course of several months by more than 40 ice sculptors, ICE! also features ice slides for participants to slide down. It also includes one-and-a-half million twinkling lights, 12,000 ornaments, a 52-foot-tall rotating Christmas tree, and a life-sized gingerbread house. 

            ICE!, however, is just one part of the Christmas experience at the Gaylord. There’s also the Lone Star Christmas featuring stilt walkers, singing cowboys, Santa and Mrs. Claus, balloon artists, snow-tubing, snowball making, ice skating, a Christmas carousel, Build-A-Bear, and a gingerbread decorating corner. The video below shows the Gaylord Texan at peak Christmas.  

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