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‘Ice! ’ is Back! Gaylord Texan’s Arctic Holiday Tradition Returns after Two-year Hiatus

Beginning November 11th – January 1st, Gaylord Texan Resort will transform into an awe-inspiring winter wonderland with more than 2 million twinkling lights, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, 15,000 ornaments, miniature train sets, two 25-foot-tall toy soldiers, and miles of garland. Christmas shows and activities are presented in the resort’s four-and-a-half acres indoor gardens, while the convention center transforms into Christmas Village, a bustling, holiday hamlet with village storefronts and festive activities!

Returning this season after a two-year hiatus is the resort’s signature attraction, ICE!. Using more than 2 million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of ice, the holiday classic movie, The Polar Express, will be brought to life by a team of 40 ice artisans who travel in from Harbin, China, and work for approximately six weeks to create the nearly 17,000-square-foot, frozen attraction. Inside of the ICE! attraction, kept at a wintry 9-degrees, guests will feel like they’ve been transported to The North Pole as they glide down two-story-tall ice slides, traverse through ice tunnels and arches, and visit the ‘On the Blocks’ ice bar (ages 21 and up). The ICE! experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to an awe-inspiring Nativity scene, meticulously carved, and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice.

 In addition to ICE!, guests can enjoy dozens of festive events and activities throughout the resort, including:

Cirque Winter Wonderland

This action-packed fusion of theatre and cirque features high-flying stunts, acrobatic feats, jaw-dropping juggling, stunning contortion, and so much more.

Merry & Light

A wonder of holiday magic and light, this outdoor attraction conjures cozy feelings of Christmas with a sparkling array of larger-than-life décor and immersive state-of-the-art light elements. Guests will be wowed by an amazing wonderland of one-of-a-kind photo ops and memory-making moments melding modern technology with good ol' fashioned holiday tradition.


Snow Tubing

Calling all thrill-seekers! Guests can grab a tube and zoom down the two-story, eight-lane hill, covered in real snow.

Santa’s Snow Throw

With a bucket of real snowballs, guests can take aim at interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves.

Ice Skating

Families and friends can take a ‘yuletide glide’ on the 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink made with real ice.

Christmas Carousel 

Taking a spin on this timeless, family-friendly ride is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit.

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends™ 

In this one-of-a-kind dining experience, families can enjoy a delicious breakfast and take photos with members of the Peanuts gang like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy!

Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt

Sleuths can search high and low throughout the resort’s atrium gardens to help Snoopy deck his house out for the Doghouse Decorating Competition in this fun scavenger hunt.

Elf Workshop

Santa’s top toymakers share the secrets of becoming one of St. Nick’s helpers as they create a special keepsake gift or craft to take home for someone special.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Christmas creativity runs wild as guests adorn gingerbread treats. After they’ve reached confection perfection with their edible art, they can enjoy a sweet meet-and-greet and photograph with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man.



Photos with Santa

Guests can chat with the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, to make sure they’ve secured a spot on his prestigious Nice List. Santa will meet guests from November 11th – December 24th before he heads back to the North Pole for his gift-giving journey. 

Holiday Escape Rooms 

Guests test their winter weather wits as they race against the clock inside the three exciting Escape Rooms. Families and friends can choose from “School’s Out! Holiday Breakout”, “It’s Showtime!”, or “The Holiday Heist”.

Along with these festive activities, guests can also enjoy an on-site Build-A-Bear Workshop, Christmas shopping at the Emporium in the Village, holiday dining and tasting events at the resort’s restaurants, and so much more.

Make lasting holiday memories and experience SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. at Gaylord Texan Resort from November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023. Book your holiday room packages and event tickets at

As a special treat, Frisco Style readers will receive 50% off tickets to ICE! featuring The Polar Express, and 50% off tickets to Merry & Light using promo code CAROL.
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