The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without reading or watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” But why not take it a step further and see this holiday classic carved out of 2 million pounds of ice at the world famous frozen attraction ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort?
ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is open November 15 through December 30 at the Gaylord in National Harbor. Guests who walk through this winter wonderland-style Who-ville will see their favorite scenes from the story made entirely out of ice. Max the Dog, Cindy Lou and all the Whos will be chilling in their nine-degree venue.
You’ll see how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience favorite scenes from this Christmas special such as the Grinch lurking through the chimneys of the Who-ville homes, the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes after realizing Christmas means a little bit more and sitting down at the Whos’ feast where the Grinch carves the roast beast.
Each year for the ICE! exhibit, more than two million pounds of colorful ice are trucked in and hand-carved by 40 artisans from Harbin, China to create the unique ice sculptures on display. The ice for ICE! is created using a special recipe, and it arrives in approximately 36 truckloads over a three-week period, which is just as fast as the ice factory can produce it.
Because it is only 9 degrees inside, guests of all ages are provided with long parkas to wear to help stay warm while experiencing the exhibit. The parkas come in especially handy while sliding down the two-story ice slides. Be sure to have a photographer handy at the bottom to catch your crew on the way down.
In addition to the scenes from the Grinch, which was created in 1957, guests can also view live ice carving demonstrations by the master artisans and the grand finale of ICE! ⎯ a stunning crystal clear ice sculpture scene of the Nativity.
When it is time to warm up, step inside the enchanting Christmas Village and discover a winter wonderland filled with Christmas fun for the whole family. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, shop for holiday gifts and experience a variety of seasonal attractions for an additional fee, including:
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Atrium Show
Be dazzled with this spellbinding production combining breathtaking artistry, music and showmanship from around the world. The entire family can enjoy this unique 25-minute Christmas fable performed in the atrium stage and in the air with spectacular costumes and imagination.
Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing
Reindeer aren’t the only ones who can soar! Feel the rush as you slide down the Christmas Village’s brand new Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing hill. The two-story tall, four-lane hill offers all the fun of sledding with the added speed of ice.
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.
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!
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.
Feast with the Grinch
Enjoy a delicious meal and meet the star of the holiday season, the Grinch! 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.
Take a magical ride in the heart of Christmas Village and explore the North Pole on this classic children’s ride.
Whether or not you take advantage of any of the hotel packages that can be purchased with ICE!, families can still enjoy the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations at the Gaylord. Nightly, the hotel atrium comes to life with Christmas music, laser lights, a dancing fountain that shoots 60-feet high and an indoor snowfall.
ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
Christmas on the Potomac
November 15 – December 30, 2019Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745Prices from $25.00 Child/$33.00 Adult
Military and group ticket pricing are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.ChristmasonthePotomac.com.