Gaylord National Resort Announces New ICE! Theme for 2016
Resort Brings the World to National Harbor on November 19

(National Harbor, Md. – July 20, 2016) – The capital region, home to 175 embassies from around the world, is known to offer numerous cultural events and festivals in the United States. In continuing that tradition, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center announced today its most anticipated holiday attraction, ICE!, will feature a new theme of Christmas Around the World to showcase different cultures and their Christmas festivities during its ninth annual Christmas on the Potomac celebration.

The world-famous, interactive walk-through ICE! attraction, presented by Pepsi, will return to Gaylord National on select dates from November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Visitors can explore holiday traditions from around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and more through Christmas Around the World. Artisans from Harbin, China travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life ice sculptures to illustrate scenes celebrating the world’s diverse cultural traditions. Adults and kids alike also can enjoy two-story ice slides, an enchanting Parade of Toys, larger-than-life ornaments and more.

The 9 degrees attraction will bring back The Frostbite Factory for its third year. Visitors will learn how the attraction is made through colorful sculptures, as well as see an artisan carve live using chainsaws, ice picks and more.

ICE! opens Saturday, November 19 through January 1, excluding December 5, 6 and 7. Early bird ticket pricing for non-peak days is available now through October 1 starting at $24* for adults ages 12 and older and $16* for children ages 4 to 11. Tickets after October 1 start at $29* for adults and $21* for children during non-peak days; and $36* for adults and $29* for children during peak days. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing also is available. Hours vary and can be found at

In addition to ICE!, Gaylord National offers a variety of other holiday attractions, dining events and more during its Christmas on the Potomac celebration.

New this year, guests can dine with their favorite Peanuts characters at Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends holiday meal. This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast with Peanuts-themed dishes and tableside visits from Peanuts characters. During the meal, guests can pose for a photo with Charlie Brown and the Gang as a keepsake from the experience. The character dining is available for breakfast on select dates. Photographs are an additional fee.

Guests also can enjoy the return of The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt. By finding all the scout elves hiding in the resort and solving the puzzles in the scavenger hunt booklet, families will reveal the elves’ names so they can get their Christmas magic. Guests who help the scout elves will receive a special prize.

New for 2016, Gaylord National Resort is excited to introduce an exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop experience that lets guests build their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed for Gaylord Hotels, which can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories.

Additional holiday entertainment includes nightly holiday fountain shows with lasers and indoor snowfall, photos with Santa, an indoor train ride and attractions, gourmet holiday food and beverage offerings including a new Christmas Cookies Around the World class, winter spa treatments, gingerbread decorating and more.

Overnight packages are on sale now to experience all the holiday magic of Christmas on the Potomac, including unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include:

ICE! Is Nice Package

  • One night room accommodations
  • Tickets to experience ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World with unlimited, priority entry

Package starts at $199**.

Christmas on the Potomac Package

  • One night room accommodations
  • Tickets to experience ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World with unlimited, priority entry
  • $100 resort credit  per night for hotel dining and Relâche Spa services
  • One (1) complimentary souvenir ICE! photo

Package starts at $259**.

For more information on Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort or to book a package, visit or call 301-965-4000.

*Taxes, service fees and/or gratuity not included.

** Valid for one night stay. Price is per room, plus tax, resort fee, service fees and parking for standard accommodations. Based on availability at time of reservation. Atrium upgrade may be available at prevailing rates. Advance reservations required.  Not valid in conjunction with groups or other offers. Not retroactive. Package pricing, components, show schedules and entertainment subject to change without notice. One (1) $100 resort credit per night, applied upon arrival and valid toward food and beverage or spa products/ services. No cash refunds or substitutions for unused resort credits. Other restrictions may apply. Unlimited anytime access to ICE! is available during the attraction’s regular operating hours on the date(s) of the guests’ overnight hotel stay.



Rachel Dinbokowitz

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Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is the largest, non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast, located along the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland and part of Marriott International. Opened in April 2008 and only eight miles from Washington, D.C., the AAA-Four Diamond resort offers nearly 2,000 rooms including 110 suites; a 19-story atrium; 500,000 square-feet of convention space; acclaimed restaurants including Old Hickory Steakhouse; a modern resort spa, Relache Spa; and Pose Rooftop Lounge.

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