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Gaylord National Resort’s “Christmas on the Potomac” Runs Through December 31

Newly added attractions include special Christmas suites, holiday cooking classes, pop-up bar experience, festive desserts shop, and more!

Gaylord National Resort today announced even more holiday happenings at Christmas on the Potomac, which opens Friday, November 26. The newly added experiences include holiday cooking classes, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar, a festive desserts shop and more. In addition, Gaylord National will feature several suites decked out in holiday décor for a home-for-the-holidays feel. These new experiences perfectly complement the resort’s other fan-favorite Christmas attractions and its new Gaylord Hotels original production, I Love Christmas Movies,

Visitors can enjoy the following newly announced experiences:

Overnight guests can leave Christmas tree-decorating to the experts and book one of the resort’s Christmas Dreams suites complete with garland, wreaths, lights and even holiday stockings. This home away from home includes a one-hour professional photo shoot in the resort creating the perfect setting for family Christmas pictures or even a sweet holiday proposal.

The Christmas Tree Lot is reminiscent of the time-old tradition of selecting the perfect Christmas tree. This Instagrammable pop-up bar will bring visitors together over spirited holiday cocktails and fun photo opportunities.

For guests looking to impress at the next holiday gathering, Gaylord National’s Resort Chef will lead a Holiday Hosting 101 cooking class. Participants can expect to enjoy a festive libation and learn how to prepare three popular holiday hors d’oeuvres. This hands-on, interactive class is fun and tasty.

Gaylord National’s hit 80s-themed pop-up bar, Replay Rooftop, will take visitors back to the eighties holiday-style. Now servingf holiday milkshakes and cocktails with the well-known instagrammable moments, spectacular views and retro arcade games visitors know and love!

Holiday sweets and tasty treats are on the menu at the Holiday Sweet Shoppe. Guests can visit the Holiday Sweet Shoppe for a delicious hot chocolate, some spirited eggnog and to check out the impressive selection of chef-prepared desserts to take home and enjoy with family.  

The beloved and larger-than-life Gingerbread display is back this year! Visitors will experience an Old English village with over 15 homes, churches and more created from more than 300 lbs. of baked gingerbread, 400 lbs. of royal icing and 100 lbs. of chocolate. The 200 sq. ft. village was concepted and constructed by a team of 9 pastry chefs, led by Executive Chef Mohan De Silva.

To experience it all, visitors can choose to stay overnight. Overnight visitors will have an extra sweet treat with the exclusive Sugary Sweet Storytime performance, complimentary to hotel guests! This whimsical and interactive sing-a-long features the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Nutcracker Prince joyfully telling the story of The Nutcracker.

In addition to the holiday fun, Gaylord National’s Old Hickory Steakhouse, revered for decadent premium beef, will be offering a four-course seasonal prix fixe menu as well as a special holiday version for Christmas on December 24 and 25.

“Gaylord National is excited to welcome back visitors to our Themed Entertainment Association (THEA)-nominated Christmas attractions this year, said Dan McKeon, Area General Manager. “Many families in the region have celebrated Christmas at the Gaylord National for years, and we are thrilled to welcome these families back along with our new guests and visitors.”

Along with the newly announced activities, Gaylord National will be debuting the Gaylord Hotels’ original production, I Love Christmas MoviesTM. The guided experience allows guests to walk through the most iconic scenes from classic Christmas movies! Guests will enjoy moments with the sets they know and love while interacting with more than 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio, and more. I Love Christmas MoviesTM will feature five beloved films, including: The Polar Express™, Elf™, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation™, A Christmas Story™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™.

With more than a dozen different experiences taking place throughout the resort, and holiday lights at every turn, visitors will find it easy to get into the holiday spirit. Snow is guaranteed to be in the forecast at the Snow Factory with the new Snowball Build and Blast attraction where guests will build and toss real snowballs or take a thrilling slide down the frozen hill at Snow Flow Mountain. From the beloved Peanuts classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt promises to keep the fun moving as sleuths explore the 19-story atrium in search of hidden holiday clues. Storytime with Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions is going to be a perfect respite to enjoy T’was the Night Before Christmas and share Santa’s favorite, Christmas cookies.

For guests looking to enjoy the outdoors, Ice Skating with views of the Potomac River or taking a spin in the new Ice Bumper Cars are options in the newly located Winter Square!

With more than 155,000 square feet of magical holiday décor, 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and So. Much. Christmas. at every turn, Christmas at Gaylord National will not disappoint.

The full line-up of experiences includes:

  • Christmas Village featuring Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, The Village Shoppe retail store and Photos with Santa
  • NEW: Ice Bumper Cars
  • Snow Flow Mountain
  • Ice Skating
  • NEW: Snowball Build and Blast snowball experience at Snow Factory
  • NEW: The Greatest Story live stage show
  • NEW: #LIT Light Show including the 55-foot suspended Starlight Christmas Tree
  • Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • Christmas at Replay Rooftop – 80’s Themed Lounge with festive holiday drinks!

Family and friends can start planning their holiday travel now with special savings on overnight packages including:

  • I Love Christmas Movies Package
    • Starting at $339 and available for 2, 3, or 4 guests in a room
    • Overnight accommodations
    • Tickets to the immersive holiday experience, I Love Christmas Movies
  • Christmas on the Potomac Package
    • Starting at $379 and available for 2, 3, or 4 guests in a room
    • Overnight accommodations
    • Tickets to our most popular Christmas attractions:
      • I Love Christmas Movies
      • Production Pass with priority entrance to I Love Christmas Movies
      • Snow Tubing
      • Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt (one per room)

To learn more about Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and book an overnight stay, room package, meeting, or event, please visit or call 301-965-4000.

At Gaylord Hotels, the health and safety of our guests, STARS (employees) and community remain of paramount importance to us. As a part of Marriott International’s family, we have put in place a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the health and safety challenges presented by COVID-19 as outlined in Marriott’s Commitment to Clean. These protocols will continue to adapt to current needs, in consultation with federal, state, and local authorities and health experts.

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