Florida: Kissimmee, Gaylord Palms ICE! and The “Best of Florida Christmas” Celebration.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about the holidays and for the eighth season Kissimmee is the spot for colorful, larger-than-life, 3-D ice sculptures of beloved storybook characters, and slippery ice slides. Here’s the scoop.
Central Florida’s “coolest” holiday attraction is returning to Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. ICE! Gaylord Hotels’ signature attraction will transport guests through an enchanted indoor world of two million pounds of hand-carved ice on display from November to January.
Returning for its eight season, this year’s whimsical ice wonderland will reflect the theme “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” taking guests through eight dramatic holiday scenes that tell this beloved holiday story. The colorful, larger-than-life, 3-D ice sculptures of beloved storybook characters, slippery ice slides, and memorable holiday scenes will delight and dazzle guests of all ages – all in a chilly nine-degree environment.
“Not only is the artistry amazing to enjoy, but the brisk environment inside the attraction creates a winter holiday experience like no other in the Sunshine State – rosy cheeks and all!” said Johann Krieger, Senior Vice President and general manager of Gaylord Palms.
The attraction is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China. The talented artists spend nearly an entire month in Kissimmee, Fla. creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual International Ice and Snow Festival, where more than 2,000 sculptors annually carve a 100-acre walk-through Ice Park with ice taken from the Songhua River.
ICE! is one of the many highlights of Gaylord Palms’ “Best of Florida Christmas Celebration,” where guests will be dazzled daily at Luminescence, a high-energy, high-spirited modern musical journey into Christmas. Guests can also enjoy music from yesterday and today while listening to a capella style Christmas Carols in the holiday-themed 4.5 acre atrium. Shows take place daily at the resort throughout the Best of Florida Christmas Celebration. And, while visiting Gaylord Palms guests may indulge in a Holiday Brunch with Mrs. Claus at Villa de Flora where surprise Santa visits delight children and adults of all ages. Plus the resort has created a Hidden Holiday Treasure Hunt within Gaylord Palms’ massive winter wonderland.
Resort packages are available throughout the “Best of Florida Christmas Celebration” which include “Christmas Memories” and a “Grandparent Getaway.” Gaylord Palms Christmas Memories package starts at $199 per room and include one-night resort accommodations, two tickets to ICE!, a souvenir ICE! photo, self-parking and resort fees. Grandparent Getaway “The Vacation That Skips a Generation” starts at $459 per room and includes two-nights accommodations, two adult and two child tickets to ICE!, souvenir ICE! photo, a dining experience at Villa de Flora with Mrs. Claus, daily self-parking, and resort fees. Package prices are per room for Florida-view accommodations and based on availability. Taxes are not included. Make it happen.
ICE! tickets prices depend on the type of ticket and day of the week. Discounted tickets are available online at www.gaylordpalms.com/christmas Location on the planet.
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is located at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee, FL. For reservations and further information visit www.gaylordpalms.com/christmas or call (407) 586-2000. About Gaylord Palms.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has gained the attention of the meeting and convention industry by providing world-class convention and leisure-focused amenities – all in one place. The award-winning Gaylord Palms is a Gaylord Hotels-branded property owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.gaylordpalms.com
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