A 49-day Christmas on the Potomac celebration starts Nov. 14 with the return of the popular ICE! event and numerous other activities in the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor, Md.
Frosty, one of the holiday’s most enduring characters, is the theme of this year’s exhibit, which runs Nov. 14-16, and daily Nov. 20-Jan 4. Instead of snow, Frosty and his friends are made from 2 million pounds of colorful ice, and Frosty is in no danger of melting as the temperature is kept at a steady 9 degrees.
After shrugging into protective parkas, guests progress through life-size scenes of familiar Frosty adventures: Frosty coming to life, marching through the Town Square, and taking a train to the North Pole, and Santa coming to the rescue to make “melted Frosty” whole again. The attraction — complete with its signature two-story ice slide room — ends with the new, interactive Frost Bite Factory experience, where visitors can see firsthand how artisans from Harbin, China (known for their master ice-carving skills), create the ICE! extravaganza.
Tickets and additional information can be found here. The resort offers a number of other activities to complement the ICE! experience.
There are free nightly holiday fountain shows that feature the hotel’s 60-foot-tall glass “candy” tree and an indoor snowfall, miniature train rides, character breakfasts, a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt, and gingerbread-decorating kits to complete.
Guests who want to stay at the resort can choose from three packages, all of which include unlimited, priority admission to the ICE! show. Two of the packages include additional activities.
Regular admission to ICE! starts at $27, plus tax, for those 12 and older and $20, plus tax, for children ages 3-11. Peak-day prices are $34 and $28. Schedules, pricing, and tickets are available here.
While in National Harbor, you can also do a bit of holiday shopping in the retail area or at the nearby outlets, or get a view of the capital city from the Capital Wheel.