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Today my family and I went to ICE! at Gaylord Texan featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
I am almost embarrassed to admit that this was the first time visiting ICE!
It is a holiday Dallas-Fort Worth area tradition that I live a handful of miles away from…and how it is possible to have missed it until now, I do not know!
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But I am so glad that we went today.
I love the Gaylord Texan hotel. And Christmas at the Gaylord is gorgeous. Tons of lights, trees and festive events throughout.
This year the list of holiday fun is long:
- Christmas Carousel
- Snow Tubing
- Santa’s Snow Throw (real snowballs!)
- Gingerbread Decorating Corner
- Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions
- Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt
- Ice Skating (Outside! In Texas!)
- On The Blocks Ice Bar (21+)
- Photos With Santa
- Holiday Escape Rooms (We will be returning for this!)
- Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast
- Build-A-Bear Workshop (with the exclusive ICE! jacket)
- Christmas Brunch
- and…of coures…ICE!
We started by layering on the big, blue hooded coats. I was already wearing a coat, but added this on top.
I was so thankful I did because the 9 degree temperature inside ICE! starts feeling very cold quickly!
Next time I am going to wear gloves because getting these photos was not as easy as you might think.
The first ice sculpture exhibit we came to inside ICE! was this large Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sign. I grabbed my closest kid and handed the phone to grandma to take the picture.
Despite what it looks like, Rhett was neither a hostage or not having fun…!
It really is magical. There are over 2 million pounds of ice that was sculpted by a team of 40 sculptors from China brought to Dallas for this event.
What struck me (in addition to the scale of everything which was soooo big) was the bright colors. It is truly vivid!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is such a holiday classic. It was fun to see the familiar characters bigger than life.
A favorite place is where Bumble peeks out over ice mountains. It is hard to tell from the picture how large this actually is…it was funny because it is so tall that the first time I looked this direction, I missed Bumble!
Within the ICE! exhibit there is an ice slide for kids that is included in the tour price. It is one of the prettiest parts of the journey. The clear slides are lit from underneath and the whole place has an icy glow.
These slides are perfect for littler kids and those who want a leisurely decline. Outside of ICE! is the tubing “hill” comprised of two story snowy tracks to FLY down in an intertube.
This is what it looks like when sitting in a tube at the top of the hill…
The speed you can accumulate in that distance is pretty impressive.
Since this was my first visit to ICE! I thought it might be helpful to answer some of the questions that I had before going…
How cold is Ice Gaylord?
The temperature in the exhibit hall for ICE! is 9 degrees Fahrenheit. It feels even colder. As someone who loves to ski and spends several winter weeks in the Colorado mountains, the cold surprised me. It is a deep cold! If possible, bring gloves and wear a coat underneath the one they provide.
Is Gaylord Ice worth it?
General Admission prices for ICE! range from $17.99-32.99 depending when you attend and your age, but visit this website and use our promo code for a 50% discount: MAGIC
It is like nothing I have ever seen or done before. The craftsmanship, whimsey and uniqueness cannot be fully understood until visiting. There is over 17,500 square feet within the attraction. My family really enjoyed it today. We took grandma/grandpa, two boys ages 12 & 15 and myself. Even grandpa did the slide and tubing hill!
How much are Gaylord Ice tickets?
Adult tickets for ICE! at the Gaylord Texan are as low as $22.99 on VALUE DAYS, $29.99 for General Admission, and $32.99 on Peak Pricing days. Senior tickets range from $20.99-29.99, Child (4-11) range from $13.99-19.99, Military $19.99-29.99 and kids 3 years old and younger are free.
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Where is Ice Gaylord?
ICE! at Gaylord Texan is set up in a tent next to the convention center which is attached to the hotel. As you enter the property, look to the left at the first major stop sign for parking within the convention center garage which is clearly marked for ICE! visitors. The Gaylord Texan is located in Grapevine, Texas in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex less than 10 minutes north of DFW Airport.
What is Ice Gaylord?
The Gaylord Texan calls ICE! their “signature holiday event” and boasts that in 2018 it is bigger than ever! This year 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures fill a 17,500 sq ft attraction devoted to telling the story of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – the traditional holiday classic. It is kept at wintery 9 degrees. Crafted by master artisans who travel across the globe from Harbin, China, families can enjoy spectacular holiday scenes, colorful characters, five ice slides, and even an ice bar (21+).
What to wear to Ice Gaylord?
Complimentary parkas are provided for both children and adults to help keep you warm, but we do suggest that you bring your hats and mittens for wintery fun! I definitely second bringing gloves…especially if you want to take some pictures.
What time does Gaylord Ice Close?
Regular hours have the attraction closing at 8 pm on weekday nights except for Friday which closes at 10 pm. Saturday night close is also 10 pm and Sunday closes the earliest at 6 pm.
There are extended hours for 11/19-11/22 which are 10am-8 pm, 12/16-12/20 which are 10am-9pm, and 12/23-12/27 which are 10am-9pm.
When does Gaylord Ice open?
In 2018 the Gaylord Texan opened ICE! on November 9. This year’s attraction will close on January 1, 2019. Daily the attraction opens at 10 or 11 am.
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Is the Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, the Gaylord Texan?
Yep! They are one in the same.
Does the Gaylord have both Ice and snow tubing?
Yes, you can see the difference in my article above. The ice slides are within the ICE! attraction and included in the general admission purchase price. The 2-story tubing hills are outside of the exhibit and a separate cost. Smaller kids can ride with an adult in a double inter-tube.
How close is Gaylord Ice to Fort Worth?
The attraction is in Grapevine just a few minutes north of DFW airport.
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I hope you will venture out to see all the festivities. This picture just gives a peek at what is available BEYOND ICE!…
It is totally worth the trip…even if you live further than me :).
Big thanks to the Gaylord Texan for hosting my family today with a group of other family bloggers for brunch and complimentary ICE! admission. All opinions expressed are my own.