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Gaylord Christmas Celebration Returns November 21

(National Harbor, Md. – July 15, 2015) – The holiday season is coming and bringing with it the return of the Capital Region’s most anticipated holiday celebration, Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. With nearly 500,000 visitors each year, Gaylord National Resort will offer guests both new events and classic holiday favorites – including its award-winning ICE! attraction – during its eighth annual celebration beginning November 21, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Named one of the top 100 North American events by the American Bus Association, the resort’s world-famous, interactive walk-through ICE! presented by Pepsi® attraction returns with a brand new theme.  Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of the classic television special, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Artisans from Harbin, China will hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life ice sculptures and two-story ice slides that illustrate scenes from the Christmas classic.

The 9 degrees attraction also will feature the artisans firsthand in The Frostbite Factory. Visitors can learn how the attraction is made through colorful sculptures, as well as see an ice sculptor carve live using chainsaws, ice picks, paintbrushes and more.

1310_GAYLORD_FICE! opens daily beginning Saturday, November 21 through January 3. Early bird ticket pricing for non-peak days is available now through October 1 starting at $23* for adults ages 12 and older and $15* for children ages 3 to 11. Tickets after October 1 start at $28* for adults and $20* for children during non-peak days; and $35* for adults and $28* for children during peak days. Kids 2 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing also is available. Hours vary and can be found at Christmas on the Potomac.

In addition to ICE!, families can test their puzzle-solving prowess during The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, featuring 10 of Santa’s scout elves who have landed at Gaylord National Resort. This interactive event will lead guests on a journey to find the elves, reveal their names and help them get their Christmas magic so they can fly to the North Pole. All families that help the scout elves fulfill their special Christmas mission will receive a prize.

Visitors also can experience more than two million lights adorning the resort, nightly holiday fountain shows, indoor snowfall, photos with Santa, an indoor train ride, gourmet holiday food and beverage offerings, winter spa treatments, a new Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by PEEPS® and more.

Holiday overnight packages to experience the magic of Christmas On The Potomac at Gaylord National Resort are now available, including unlimited admission to ICE! Packages include:

ICE! Is Nice Package 

  • One night room accommodations
  • Tickets to experience ICE! with unlimited, priority admission

Package starts at $219** for a family of four.

Christmas on the Potomac Package

  • One night room accommodations
  • Tickets to experience ICE! with unlimited, priority admission
  • $100 resort credit that can be used towards hotel dining and Relache Spa
  • One (1) complimentary souvenir ICE! photo

Package starts at $279** for a family of four.


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


*Tax and service fees not included.  ** Valid for one night stay. Price is per room, plus tax, resort fee, ticket handling 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 DreamWorks Experience activities, 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

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