NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (DC News Now) — After a two year hiatus, ICE! is back at Gaylord National Hotel. The 2022 experience recreates iconic moments from the holiday classic, A Christmas Story.
The ICE! experience is inside of a 17,000 square foot space and kept at a brisk nine degrees Fahrenheit in order to keep from thawing. The hotel provides traditional blue parkas to keep guests warm. Production Manager Gavin Sorensen said it took four days to cool the space down to that temperature. Sorensen has worked with Gaylord putting these spaces together for a decade.
The Gaylord brings artisans in from Harbin, China, to carve the ice sculptures. All in all, the artisans spend 33 days putting it all together. They start with about six thousand blocks of ice, stack them together into structures and then carve the details in.
Guests to the ICE! will see the biggest scenes and locations recreated, such as Ralphie’s house, the leg lamp, the pink bunny suit, the Chinese dinner and the moment the dogs stole the turkey. In the middle of it all, multiple two story ice slides, built for all ages. The slides are accompanied by the moment when Ralphie goes to see Santa Claus.
ICE! is the centerpiece of Christmas at Gaylord National, but there are multiple other holiday-themed events. In the atrium, a laser light show will go on every day. There are multiple shows planned for guests to watch. Additionally, the Christmas Village is around for folks to see Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, make snowballs, decorate gingerbread houses and more. Outside, there is an area for ice skating and bumper cars, as well.
ICE! will run from Sunday, November 20, through the end of the year. To learn more and purchase tickets for the family, click here.