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Monday, November 20, 2017

Visit the Gaylord Texan for ICE! #LoneStarChristmas2017 #MommyBlogger17

One of our favorite family traditions is visiting the Gaylord Texan for ICE!  This trendy holiday celebration creates happy childhood memories for our children. In today's post, I'll share a glimpse into our visit this year and share a coupon for you to save 50% on ICE! tickets during the first two opening weeks.

The Gaylord Texan pays careful attention to every detail when it comes to ICE!  They decide on the theme months in advance and then 40 professional Ice Carvers come from Harbin, China to work their magic on the ice.  They have their own in-house team to create the amazing props that you will see around the resort. Here are some fun statistics of their Christmas by the Numbers:

  • 2 million Twinkling lights
  • 15,000 Sparkling ornaments
  • 54-ft tall Christmas tree
  • 2,000 Poinsettias
  • 19,500 Gingerbread kits
  • 100 miles of Christmas light strands
  • 5,600 feet of Garland
  • 2,000,000+ pounds of Hand-carved ice
  • 9-degrees inside the 14,000-sq-ft ICE! tent
We visited the 9-degree ICE! venue today and had a wonderful time. I won't spoil it for you, but I will tell you that my children found it magical.  The theme is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  We walked through the massive 14,000 square foot exhibit to follow the story and were mesmerized by the beautiful ice sculptures.  The attention to detail is truly amazing.

 My children loved the story. The sculptures had a big impression on them!

As I mentioned, I won't spoil the event by sharing too many photos, but hopefully, I shared just enough so that you realize how fascinating it is and that it is sure to create happy childhood memories.

After the wonder ICE! exhibit, we went snow tubing.  Since we don't always have snow in North Texas, this is a must-have experience for families.  My family had an amazing time as we experienced the snow and the rush of tubing down the hills.  

In addition to what we experienced, the Gaylord Texan offers other trendy activities to create special family and childhood memories.  Here is a quick list of holiday activities.

Photos with Santa

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole.
November 10 – December 24, 2017
Location: Lone Star Atrium (near the Oil Derrick next to Texan Station)
Price: Packages starting at $30
Times: Mondays – Fridays 4pm–9pm | Saturday 10am-9pm | Sunday 10am-6pm
Santa's Special Hours: Nov. 18- 25  | 10am-9pm; Dec. 16-23 | 10am-9pm 

Santa’s Christmas Cottage Escape Room

Santa has lost the golden key to the toy factory and left behind an Elf who needs your help finding it in time to return to the toy factory. You will have 40 minutes to solve the clues, find the missing key and return it to Santa’s Elf. Do you have what it takes to solve the clues?

November 10 – January 1, 2018
 Lower Level Texan Station

Price: $15* Children (4-11) | $25* Adults
Time: Every hour; times vary by day. Options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Anyone 11 years of age and under must be with a paying adult of 17 years or older. Not recommended for children under age 3.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Gather around for warm and cozy fun with the jolliest hostess of all - Mrs. Claus! Delight in the reading of classic holiday stories and sing along to Christmas carols, all while enjoying a batch of Mrs. Claus' world-famous cookies and a glass of ice cold milk.

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Location: Exhibit Hall C
  • $19.99* per child (4 and over) and $5* for the required accompanied adult.
  • Ages 3 and under are free with a full price paid adult of $19.99*. All children must have an accompanying adult.
  • Times: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.
Guest should notify staff of any food/milk allergies at time of booking or in advance of entry.
Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled show time. Guest should notify staff of any food/milk allergies at time of booking or in advance of entry.

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt
Santa has recruited Gaylord Hotels’ Polar Bear, Snowburst, and his bear buddies to ensure Gaylord Texan is festively decorated with holiday cheer! And once the decorations are in place, the bears kick back inside the resort for a fun n’ festive holiday hangout. Can you track down all of these hard-working holiday bears?

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location: Throughout the resort
Price: $12* per book (all ages) *One prize per book
Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Glacier Glide Ice Skating
Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at Gaylord Texan’s 6,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink. Christmas in Grapevine has never been more fun!

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location: Convention Center Circle Drive
Price: $16.99* per person (all ages) *Unlimited for day of purchase
Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Gingerbread Decorating CornerThis fun, sticky, interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter! You can choose from a tasty gingerbread cookie family, a traditional gingerbread house or our Train Kit. After you've decorated to your heart's content, make your way to meet our The Gingerbread Man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location: Next to Mission Plaza Marketplace
Price: $29.99* Family/Train Kit | $49.99* House Kit | $68.99* Combo Kit (House + Gingerbread Man + Family)
Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Additional Gingerbread Meet and Greets can be purchased for $10.99 per person. Only available in-store in addition to an already purchased kit

Santa’s Snow Throw
Head to Santa’s Snow Throw, grab a bucket of real snowballs and aim for the targets created by Santa’s Elves!

November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location: Longhhorn Exhibit Hall C, Convention Center
Price: $9.99* per person (ages 4 and older) | Ages 3 and under are FREE with paying adult.
Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Save on ICE!
Finally, as mentioned earlier, the Gaylord Texan provided the coupon below for our readers to receive 50% off of ICE! tickets!  You'll want to use this coupon soon as it is valid for the opening two weeks (11/10/2017  to 11/21/2017) before 5pm. The code is TRENDYMOM.   Visit the Gaylord Texan website here.

We hope that you are able to attend and create wonderful memories with your family.

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