ICE! at the Gaylord Texan

The fine folks over at the Gaylord Texan Resort have outdone themselves again this year, providing us with a fun-filled family Christmas adventure. If you have been to one of the Gaylord Texan Resort’s Ice events in the past, you know how magnificent it can be.  This year, the Gaylord Resorts have teamed up with DreamWorks Pictures to present, ” Merry Madagascar” for their ICE! production this year. And it is just one of many Lone Star Christmas events at the Gaylord Texan Resort.

Colorful ice sculptures and 20-feet tall ice slides have been carved out of two million pounds of ice by 40 artisans from China, who are brought in especially to design the display.  We loved seeing all of our favorite characters from Madagascar – Alex the Lion and his friends tell the story of how they saved Christmas after Santa crashed on the island of Madagascar (pulled from the DreamWorks animated Christmas special).  Everything is so bright and cheerful, you almost forget they are carved out of ice….that is, until you are reminded by the chilly 9 degrees the display is kept at.

But no worries! All guests are provided with hooded winter coats to keep them warm through out the display.  And they are in all sizes for kiddos too!  Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required and we brought hats and gloves as well.  It was a fun evening for the entire family.

While you are there, make sure to enjoy some of the other events going on for the Lone Star Christmas.  My kids favorite was the Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing. This eight-laned tubing hill is covered in REAL snow and is not for the faint-hearted. I went with the 3 year old in a double tube but both of my big kids enjoyed tubing by themselves, trying to spin as they flew down the hills. You can get a combo ticket for ICE! and ten runs down the hill for a pretty decent price.

Another fun event they are offering is Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating, with Gingy – the famous gingerbread man from Shrek! The whole family gets involved here and you can choose to decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Family (complete with family pet), a Train, a Christmas Tree, or a traditional House.  The price includes all the materials and time you need to create your masterpieces.  And you even get to meet Gingy and pose for a photo.

The Gaylord Texan itself is beautifully dressed up for the holidays, with a gorgeous 52-foot rotating Christmas Tree in it’s atrium – the perfect place to take that family Christmas card photo.  Santa Claus visits the resort for photos, see the miniature trains, and look for singing cowboys and stilt-walkers to entertain you.  It is a fun place to spend an evening with the family.

Pricing for ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing, and Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating can be found here.

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