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Gaylord National Christmas Events & Activities

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Don't miss everything there is to see and do during the holidays at Gaylord National Resort. With so many activities, and special experiences just for resort guests, there's no better way to celebrate the season than by booking an overnight stay.
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ICE! slide and Tubing Slide at Gaylord National Resort
Buy More and Save up to 30%!

Buy More and Save up to 30%!

Create the ultimate experience this holiday season AND save money while you do it! Combine ICE! with 3 or more events and save up to 30% on your visit.

ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at Gaylord National
ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Must-see holiday attraction ICE! returns with an an exciting new theme featuring the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Watch how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience your favorite scenes in magnificent hand-carved sculptures made from more than 2 million pounds of ice.
NEW: Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing at Gaylord National
NEW: Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing

NEW: Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing

Get ready for heart-pounding thrills as you race friends and family on this 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill. It's all the fun of sledding with the added speed of ice!
Family in atrium in font of Christmas tree at Gaylord National
Exclusive Christmas Experiences for Overnight Guests

Exclusive Christmas Experiences for Overnight Guests

Overnight guests of Gaylord National can enjoy these Exclusive Complimentary Experiences.  Space is limited and these activities are not open to the public:

 
  • - VIP Carver Showcase
  • - Silent Disco on Ice
  • - Pajama Story Time with Snowflake the Elf 
New: Ice Skating in Winter Square at Gaylord National
New: Ice Skating in Winter Square

New: Ice Skating in Winter Square

Practice your perfect figure eights on our new outdoor ice skating rink in Winter Square. Kids of all ages can glide along and enjoy this iconic seasonal experience rain or shine. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate or adult beverages at Tinsel Tavern.
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Atrium Show at Gaylord National
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Atrium Show

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Atrium Show

Treat your family to a high-flying holiday adventure featuring all new acts filled with dazzling set designs, Broadway-style theatrics and out-of-this-world acrobatics.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner at Gaylord National
Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

This fun, sticky and interactive decorating tradition just got even sweeter. Choose from three decorating kits and then meet The Gingerbread Man himself!
Atrium Light Shows at Gaylord National
Atrium Light Shows

Atrium Light Shows

Our atrium comes to life with a holiday extravaganza that includes classic Christmas music, laser lights, a dancing fountain and indoor snowfall.
Discover a Winter Wonderland at Gaylord National
Discover a Winter Wonderland

Discover a Winter Wonderland

Located a quick sleigh ride away from the North Pole, Christmas Village is a holly jolly place where the joy and spirit of Christmas is alive 365 days a year. Local elves and villagers are hard at work preparing for the most festive time of the year and welcome visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and magic of Christmas while celebrating the fact that every day is one day closer to Christmas.
Photos With Santa at Gaylord National
Photos With Santa

Photos With Santa

Don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Available thru December 24th only.
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions at Gaylord National
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions

Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions

Delight in the retelling of the Christmas classic, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, and sing along to favorite holiday songs while enjoying a warm freshly baked cookie and ice cold milk.
The Grinch's Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt at Gaylord National
The Grinch's Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt

The Grinch's Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt

Follow the Grinch as he attempts to stop Christmas by stealing all the presents. Hopefully, the scavenger hunters can solve the clues and puzzles along the way to help the Grinch have a change of heart. Solve all of the clues and win a prize.
Build a Bear Workshop at Gaylord National

BUILD-A-BEAR Workshop

It's the Most Fun You'll Ever Make!

Choose from all kinds of furry friends, fill them with stuffing and make a wish on a heart at our exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop®.
Village Express at Gaylord National
Village Express

Village Express

Take a magical ride in the heart of Christmas Village and explore the North Pole on this classic children's ride.*This ride is designed for children 52" and below. Children must be able to ride unaccompanied by an adult.
Feast with The Grinch at Gaylord National
Feast with The Grinch

Feast with The Grinch

Enjoy a delicious meal and meet the star of the holiday season…THE GRINCH himself! This one-of-a-kind interactive breakfast experience includes a buffet of Who-ville inspired items, table-side visits with The Grinch and Max and special touches Dr. Seuss fans are sure to adore.
Seasonal Spa Treatments at Gaylord National
Seasonal Spa Treatments

Seasonal Spa Treatments

Celebrate the holidays and pamper yourself with very merry spa treatments at our very own Relâche Spa.
Holiday Dining at Gaylord National
Holiday Dining

Holiday Dining

Since we will be preparing your Christmas dinner, you'll have even more time to spend with family exploring our hotel's fun-filled activities.
Workshop Wednesdays during Christmas at Gaylord National
Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesdays

Have fun making a variety of cool crafts and leave with a handmade holiday gift or special treat just for yourself during Workshop Wednesdays at Gaylord National Resort. Each session will feature a new craft, be sure to attend them all to learn something new!
Sounds of the Season Concert Series at Gaylord National
Sounds of the Season Concert Series

Sounds of the Season Concert Series

Each concert is set on the resort's spectacular atrium stage decorated with our Starlight Christmas tree and twinkling lights. Included with your Sounds of the Season ticket is access to experience ICE! featuring Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas after the performance and complimentary parking in the hotel's self-parking lot.

2 Million Christmas Lights

Discover the Spirit of the Season

Get in the spirit of the season as you discover more than three million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of our resort. Don't miss the festive décor Santa's elves have added and the magical atmosphere of the holiday.
Take a Sneak Peek at Gaylord National
Take a Sneak Peek

Take a Sneak Peek

Take a sneak peek into all the wonder and excitement that awaits you during Christmas on the Potomac.
Overnight Stay Options at Gaylord National
Overnight Stay Options

Overnight Stay Options

With so much to see and do, the best way to experience Christmas on the Potomac is to stay overnight. Package guests receive unlimited priority entry to ICE!