Visit the Gaylord Texan resort this year for holiday magic!

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Two years ago, my husband and I took our son up to the Gaylord Texan resort to visit right before Thanksgiving. As soon as we walked in the front door, we were struck by the gorgeous lighting, the sheer breathtaking, awe-inspiring thoroughness of the decorations, and the details for each aspect at the resort. 


We checked out the icy-cold ICE exhibit, where master carvers spent almost a month in shifts inside a 9-degree freezer, to transform two million pounds of ice into a jaw-dropping exhibit. Every guest is offered a subzero parka, and it's still incredibly cold, but not unbearable. 

Once again this year, Ice artisans from halfway around the world in Harbin, China have created crystal ice, white ice, and colored ice to form the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas attraction. There are also five two-story tall ice slides, and a nativity set carved from ice. After visiting ICE, grab a hot chocolate and some snacks and warm up again. ·

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I'm not sure which was the highlight of my son's stay: the cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus; or the 12-lane tubing hill with real snow. I know for sure which one was my favorite part: tubing down those hills as fast as I could with my family. We don't get much snow in Texas, so it felt very special. We tubed down those hills over and over again!

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Other options: photos with Santa; an escape room activity; snowball throw; Build-A-Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt; ice skating; and gingerbread house decorating. Basically, everything you need for a perfect family weekend.  

Thinking about going? Check out their value days, below:

Exclusive Savings - Christmas Value Days!

SAVE up to 20%* on your Holiday Stay, book by 11/20/17.

*Valid select dates from November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018.




Kristin Shaw