Rudolph ICE! 2017 Gaylord National Harbor

ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Harbor

ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac bring an extravaganza of live shows, kids activities, and a beloved holiday tale to Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. Every year, we look forward to walking through a new themed ice show in Gaylord’s chilly tent. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, expertly sculpted in colorful ice, is the star in 2017.

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ICE! 2017 Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

If you look forward to Rudolph, Hermey, Cornelius, and the Abominable Snowman every year, you will love ICE! 2017. The walk-through display features all of your favorite characters, sculpted from huge, brightly colored ice blocks.

Visitors don big blue parkas before entering the ICE! tent, which is kept at a continuous 9°. That chilly temp keeps the beautiful ice sculptures crisp and bright throughout the holiday season.

Rudolph and family Gaylord National Harbor

Rudolph and family Gaylord National Resort

Rudolph flies Gaylord National Harbor

Rudolph flies Gaylord National Resort

Elves at work Gaylord National Harbor

Elves at work Gaylord National Resort

Abominable Snowman Gaylord National Harbor

A snowman made of ice! Gaylord National Resort

 

In addition to the story vignettes, kids big and small have fun on 4 slides, also sculpted from ice. Fortunately, that long parka adds warmth and a nice slippery surface for comfy sliding.

Ice slides Gaylord National Harbor

Ice slides Gaylord National Resort

Ice sliding Gaylord National Harbor

There are some interactive touches in the ice displays, and many opportunities to capture the perfect holiday photo.

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The final sculpture in the tent features a dramatic, life-size creche carved from clear ice.

ICE creche Gaylord National Harbor

ICE creche Gaylord National Resort

 

More Holiday Fun at Christmas on the Potomac

The fun continues when you leave the tent and enter the Christmas Village. Kids can take a ride on the carousel and miniature train, try the new Glacier Glide Ice Skating, and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. Santa is on hand for pictures, and you can browse in the Christmas Shoppe, or create a special friend in the Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Christmas Village Gaylord National Harbor

Christmas Village Gaylord National Resort

 

Upstairs, in the giant Gaylord atrium, enjoy a spectacular light show and a brand-new live performance by the Gaylord National Singers. JOY mixes classic and new holiday tunes in a holiday performance under a giant, suspended tree.

Gaylord National Singers holiday show National Harbor

Gaylord National Singers holiday show National Resort

 

Every night, the atrium comes alive with a colorful, laser-enhanced light show featuring the Christmas tree and synchronized with a fountain that shoots 60 feet high. Nightly indoor snowfall adds to the holiday magic.

Holiday light show Gaylord National Harbor

Holiday light show Gaylord National Resort

 

Tips for Your Visit to ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac

  • Tickets for each activity and event can be purchased separately, or in a variety of discounted packages. Click for event info, tickets, and hours. Hours for JOY vary by day, so check the calendar to reserve your spot.
  • A big blue parka comes with your ICE! 2017 ticket, but bring your own mittens or gloves. You will definitely want to cover the hands of little ones using the ice slide.
  • Turn your ICE 2017! visit into a National Harbor weekend getaway for some extra holiday fun.
  • ICE! 2017 is open daily from November 18 to January 1.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of our holiday favorites. Who doesn’t love the story of the kindly misfit dentist named Hermey? It’s a perfect theme for ice sculptures.

Gaylord Palms Resort hosted Charles and my recent stay in Kissimmee, Florida, and gave us a sneak preview of their ICE! display, Christmas Around the World. This look at international holiday celebrations was the 2016 theme at National Harbor.

ICE at Gaylord Palms Resort Kissimmee Florida

ICE at Gaylord Palms Resort Kissimmee Florida

 

Gaylord National Resort is at 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington DC. We think it’s a wonderful place to celebrate the holiday season. Do you plan to visit ICE! 2017?

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Fun in Fairfax VA was hosted to a media preview of ICE! 2017 at Gaylord National Resort. All opinions and text are our own. All photographs are by Chris Militzer, used with permission. Chris is an Alexandria, Virginia photographer specializing in fine art photography of landscapes and nature, featured on Visit Virginia, and USA Today. Browse and purchase Chris’s photographs on SmugMug, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

DC Virginia Holiday Travel. ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac bring an extravaganza of live shows, kids activities, and a beloved holiday tale to Gaylord National Harbor.

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6 Responses to “ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Harbor”

  1. Yasin Aberra November 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks for the very informative blog! Holidays are right around the corner I plan on taking my family to events.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA November 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

      Thank you for the nice feedback. Lots of things to do over the holidays. Hope you and your family have fun!

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