November 25, 2012

Gaylord Texas ICE!

On Saturday we got to do something I've been wanting to do since moving to Texas over 5 years ago.  We got to go to the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan.  It was like stepping into a winter wonderland.  If you weren't feeling the Christmas spirit before you walked through the Gaylord you definitely left with a jingle in your step! 
The Gaylord Texan has a huge atrium in the center of the hotel.  The atrium is always decorated beautifully, but at Christmas it definitely looked spectacular.
 The big Christmas tree...I'm sure it's so pretty at night time!
Can you tell these two were a little excited about visiting the Gaylord & going to see ICE!?
Walking through the atrium are gigantic candy canes and bigger than life Christmas figures.  One of Connor and Ellie's favorite things was the train that chugs through tunnels and bridges.
All the decorations were so pretty and there were so many things to do you could stay all weekend and never leave.
One of the activities they had was gingerbread decorating.  It was set up so cute and of course Gingy was a part of all the gingerbread fun!  The gingerbread house is actually made out of real gingerbread too!
When we got to the tent where the ICE! exhibit was we were all drawn into a theater where we were shown how they make the ice come to life. 

From Gaylord Texan's website about ICE!:

Gaylord Texan's popular ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with an all-new, hilarious theme: ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar. From November 8, 2012 to January 1, 2013, the DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is hand carved by 40 artisans from Harbin China who will be arriving in early fall. They are very excited to be working with our new Merry Madagascar theme, and so are we!
 Everyone was given big blue coats to put on because it is COOOOOOOOLD in there!!!!
 Here we go to see "Merry Madagascar"!!!
 Grana, Ellie, and Pop came too!
 Sweet cousins all bundled up. 
Ellie and Connor are 22 hours apart & they just love each other  :-)
 Amazing ice sculptures
My favorite characters are the penguins
There were slides made completely out of ice. 
I know the kiddos loved it!

 Madagascar characters helping Santa in his sleigh
 It's so cold the waterfall froze!
 The Fam
I especially loved that they had a nativity carved out of ice at the very was a beautiful way to end the ICE! exhibit and so pretty.  They also told the story of Jesus' birth.
When we walked out and started to thaw......we were greeted by Alex the lion!
Gaylord Texas also had a variety of sweets and hot chocolate to warm you up!

 Grana, Ellie, & Connor with the really really tall toy soldier
 Dashing through the snow!!!
We had a blast! 
If you haven't yet experienced the Gaylord Texan at Christmas then you MUST.
It's an absolute Christmas paradise! 
We had the best time and made memories that will last forever!
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Lauren said...

How fun and GORGEOUS!!!!!!! :)

Meagan said...

We've never been and I really want to try to get out there this year. I think Andrew would LOVE it! Great photos!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Okay that ice slide looks SO FUN!