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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Create Happy Memories at Gaylord Texan's WinterFest 2021! #gaylordtexan #winterfest

The new year is finally here!  If you are ready to create new memories in 2021, you'll love WinterFest at Gaylord Texan!  Their brand new WinterFest activities are perfect for everything from a special date night to a family getaway.  Plus, you'll find that they have fantastic prices on hotel rooms at this time of year. In today's post, I'll share an overview of the memorable activities and then tell you about our experience.

WinterFest offers a wide array of family-friendly experiences from Cool Critters Animal Encounters and a Jack Frost Scavenger Hunt to a Winter Art Studio and Illusionist Shows featuring award-winning magician, Jason Bishop. Events and activities will take place Fridays through Sundays. Event tickets can be purchased at

Socially distanced WinterFest activities are on Fridays through Sundays (Jan 8 to Feb 28) and include:

  • Jack Frost’s Frigid Finds Scavenger Hunt - Searching for “frosty” clues throughout our resort atrium to solve the scavenger hunt and receive a prize.
  • A Winter Art Studio – Bringing your inner artist to life while creating a wintry-themed masterpiece.
  • Cool Critters Animal Encounters - Interacting with and learning about a variety of incredible winter creatures.  
  • Winter Escape Rooms - Challenging you to race against the clock while you unlock clues and solve puzzles before the time runs out.
  • Additional wintry-themed activities
    • Family-favorite movie showings on the big screen 
    • Interactive trivia
    • Bingo 
    • Strolling entertainment throughout the resort. 

Live and socially distanced entertainment includes:

  • Illusionist Shows - Wowing visitors with show-stopping magic and grand illusions performed by famed entertainer, Jason Bishop. (Fridays – Sundays, January 8 – February 28)
  • Four Day Weekend – Interactive comedy improv shows performed by this nationally recognized and critically acclaimed comedy troupe. (January 15 – 16 & February 19 – 20)
  • Britain’s Finest Band – Featuring all the songs we know and love with a complete Beatles tribute. (January 29 – 30)
  • The Pack – Tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy – Go back in time with the music, style, glitz and glamour of the legendary Rat Pack. (February 12 & 13)
  • The Garth Guy – Enjoy classic country favorites from the ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute show. (February 26 – 27)

In celebration of WinterFest, the resort is offering several room packages that allow visitors the opportunity to combine experiences with their resort stay at a discounted rate, starting at $209. Room packages are available at

In our personal experience, the Gaylord Texan's WinterFest was a much needed escape from our daily pandemic lives. We stayed on a Saturday night to enjoy several activities, including family friendly programming and the Illusionist show with famed entertainer, Jason Bishop.  

Let me start by addressing a question that may be on your mind -- Does the resort take COVID-19 safety measures? The answer is Yes!

We've visited a few times during the pandemic and have always been impressed with their dedication to cleanliness and social distancing measures. As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, WinterFest events have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming also operates in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation. Let me share a few examples.

Our hotel room was thoroughly cleaned. They even thought to leave hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in our room.

They placed a generous number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the hotel.

The resort was very clean and other guests were respectful of social distancing and wearing masks during our visit. (I know that this was a long answer to the question - Does the resort take COVID-19 safety measures?  However, I thought that I should share because I know that it is an important question and that not all places are as thorough as Gaylord Texan.)

Now that I shared our experience of how they made us feel safe, let me share more details about the activities that we enjoyed. We checked into our room after 4pm and then followed this agenda:

  • Cool Critters Animal Encounters
  • Bingo
  • Trivia
  • Illusionist Show with Jason Bishop
  • Family Movies

WinterFest will keep you busy! As I mentioned above, there are a dozen activities that you may want to check out when you visit. They each offer the opportunity to bond and create happy memories.  We started with the Cool Critters Animal Encounters. These encounters are complementary for guests and may vary based on the day and time that you visit. You'll have the opportunity to learn about animals and even pet them!  My boys have a large age gap and both loved the educational opportunity to learn and pet animals that they have never encountered until our visit.

My boys want to go back to meet more animals!

As we were walking to our next activity, a beautiful snow princess on stilts stopped to take a photo with our little one. It was a whimsical experience for him! This was part of the Strolling Entertainment for WinterFest.

Bingo and Trivia provided happy memories too. They are held in the pretty Riverwalk Cantina area. This is fun for all ages. My preschooler was especially excited because he recognized numbers and could cross them out.

Something that I love about Bingo is that anyone may win regardless of age. My little guy was thrilled to win a fun winter prize!

Our next stop was to the Illusionist show with Jason Bishop. It was wonderful to enjoy a show during the pandemic while feeling safe thanks to the nice environment. The Gaylord Texan requires guests to wear masks and encourages social distancing.  For instance, you'll notice below that chairs were set up for each party with respect social distancing.

The show was fantastic! The comedy, illusions, and enthusiasm provided a much needed escape from our daily pandemic lives. I didn't realize this ahead of time, but the show included more than illusions. It was also packed with comedy and audience participation. (The audience participation was designed to accommodate social distancing!) I don't want to spoil too many surprises, but I will share a few photos to give you a general idea.  The photo below shows a box with three padlocks. Jason Bishop is inside!

Jason Bishop has the sweetest little dog!  The dog's name is Gizmo. I won't spoil the surprises, but he is a nice part of the show!

My favorite parts were when his assistant would disappear and reappear. 

Again, I don't want to spoil too many surprises, but I hope that I shared enough to inspire you to check out the show. The show will be here for two months. It's perfect for a date night or special family time. My boys have a large age gap and we all loved the show! 

In addition to the Illusionist show with Jason Bishop, WinterFest offers other exciting shows, including Four Day Weekend, Britain's Finest Band, The Pack, and The Garth Guy. You'll want to buy tickets in advance since they are available while supplies last. 

Finally, I think that it is worth noting that WinterFest provided much more entertainment than we could experience in a short stay. The programming is generously packed with a wide of array of activities. We planned to visit the 9pm Family Movies, but my boys were exhausted from their exciting day. This is something fun that we hope to experience next year!

We hope that you have the opportunity to visit Gaylord Texan's WinterFest to create happy memories with your family too! Event tickets may be purchased at You'll also find that they have fantastic deals on rooms right now!

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