Gaylord Hotels releases details of highly anticipated holiday programming

Gaylord Hotels has released the details of its So. Much. Christmas holiday programming, which will be featured at resorts in Tennessee, Texas, Maryland, and Florida.
Gaylord Hotels has released the details of its So. Much. Christmas holiday programming, which will be featured at resorts in Tennessee, Texas, Maryland, and Florida.

As the festive season approaches, Gaylord Hotels has announced its full lineup of So. Much. Christmas. programming opening this November at Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee, Gaylord Palms in Florida, Gaylord Texan in Texas, and Gaylord National in Maryland.

Anchored by the return of ICE!, the brand’s Christmas marquee experience, guests are encouraged to pre-purchase individual tickets and book overnight packages to make the most of their experience.

Gaylord Hotels and its five resorts are adorned with millions of twinkling lights, with over 100,000 feet of garland, dozens of Christmas trees, and thousands of shimmering ornaments. Each resort returns with hours of interactive activities, culinary treats, character experiences, live shows, seasonal spa experiences, and so much more designed for guests of all ages.

ICE!, a marquee experience

A tradition for more than two decades, Gaylord Hotels’ signature ice installations will once again take shape at each resort after a two-year hiatus. These memorable scenes are currently being constructed at the five resorts by 40 specialized ice artisans using skills passed down from generation to generation and following a 300-page design book. These holiday showcases will bring popular scenes and characters from classic Christmas stories to life through magnificent sculptures and epic ice slides. Each theme comes to life in vivid, colorful fashion with the help of a chemist who prepares a proprietary formula of special coloring used in the ice sculptures. Guests will marvel as they step into the nearly 20,000-square-feet 3D world kept at a chilly 9 degrees and created from a combined 33,500 massive blocks of ice weighing over 10 million pounds. This year’s themes include:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Gaylord Opryland
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at Gaylord Palms
  • The Polar Express at Gaylord Texan
  • A Christmas Story at Gaylord National

Original live entertainment

A highlight of the live performances this season will be an original production of CIRQUE: Spirit of Christmas at Gaylord Palms and Gaylord National. This unique, Broadway-style live show will feature dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts as it tells the story of Noel, a child who rediscovers the true meaning of the season. Gaylord Texan will also showcase a dedicated Cirque: Winter Wonderland performance, presenting a fusion of theatre and cirque features. Additional live programming at select resorts will include Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, a storytelling and sing-along experience, and a nightly fountain and Atrium Light Show that dazzle with waterworks and thousands of dancing lights synchronized to festive music.

Interactive environments

Guests are invited to step into magical holiday settings for an array of themed activities, shopping, delicious treats, and other festive experiences. Gaylord Opryland beckons all to Pinetop Village, an outdoor Appalachian village featuring snowy activities, live performances, and more for all ages, while at Gaylord Palms, guests can visit the Alpine Village and its Bavarian-style village storefronts offering live shows, characters, and Market Square, one of the largest Christmas stores in all of Florida with a selection of festive décor, apparel, ornaments, and toys for sale. The Christmas Village at Gaylord National features a holiday hamlet with shopping, family-friendly activities, characters, and a giant Christmas store.

The Christmas Village at Gaylord Texan invites guests to partake in traditions including snow tubing, ice skating, a snow throw, and a Christmas carousel, as well as holiday shopping at Emporium in the Village and more.

Within their festive village displays, several resorts feature the Snow Factory, a mechanized snowy play space with frosty activities including a snowfall plaza, ice tubing down Snow Flow Mountain, and Snowball Build and Blast.

An abundance of activities

Guests of all ages can look forward to traditions such as ice bumper cars, ice skating, Christmas carousels, carriage rides, and more. They can also flex their creativity with visits to the gingerbread decorating corner, themed art studio, and Build-A-Bear Workshop, interact with their favorite personalities through the elf training academy and photos with Santa, and put their creative thinking to the test with themed escape rooms, scavenger hunts, and Wildlife Rescue augmented reality experience presented.

Holiday dining experiences will be presented across each resort’s restaurants, offering specially-themed menus, dining events, and interactive character dining experiences. Adult guests can also look forward to festive pop-up speakeasy bars.

Across all resorts, the Gaylord Hotels’ signature Relâche Spa will showcase winter wellness spa treatments. Guests are encouraged to enjoy an array of seasonal massage and facial treatments.

Packages and tickets

Each resort is offering packages combining attractive room rates, activity passes, and other Christmas amenities. Individual tickets and ticket bundles to the ICE! event and other attractions can also be purchased at, with advance online reservations required for all ticketed events.

So. Much. Christmas. at Gaylord Hotels will be presented over the following dates:

  • Gaylord Opryland: November 11 to January 1
  • Gaylord Texan: November 11 to January 1
  • Gaylord Palms: November 18 to January 1
  • Gaylord National: November 20 to December 31

For more information about Gaylord Hotels and its So. Much. Christmas. programming at each resort, please visit

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