We experienced Christmas at Gaylord Palms during our recent adventure to the Kissimmee area – and it was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
From ICE! to meeting Santa and decorating gingerbread houses – it was a fun few days filled with Christmas cheer. We had fun together as a family, experienced new things and made great memories too!
Here’s a look at what we loved about Christmas at Gaylord Palms –
ICE featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Get ready for the cold— and tons of fun at ICE featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The timeless story is brought to life in two million pounds of coloring sculptures and carvings. It is breathtaking – and I’m not talking about the nine degrees temperature.
It is pretty incredible to see in person and I enjoyed visiting the showroom with ice carvings actually working on new displays. They are true artists and I was told that even in the cold temperatures, the ice does melt some, so they work throughout the holiday to replace pieces.
Be on the lookout for the new ‘On the Blocks’ Ice Bar – it’s definitely a unique experience with tasty beverages too. PRO TIP: You’ll be given a large, warm jacket to wear while touring ICE, but definitely bring gloves and closed toe shoes. It is COLD, but fantastic.
Alpine Rush Snow Tubing
We all experienced belly laughs when we took turns going snow tubing. Maggie was very hesitant before we arrived, but once she saw the hills, she begged us to go – as soon as possible. TONS of fun.
There are single and double tubes available and folks are at the top of the hill ready to help you climb in. There is a height limit and smaller kids must ride in the doubles with an adult, but that doesn’t stop the fun. One parent I spoke to told me that he and his son were on their fifth ride in a row. Ha!
The holiday Build-A-Bear Workshop is new this year at Gaylord Palms. While we didn’t buy one, these festive stuffed animals were a huge hit with my girls. Minions, bears, reindeer and even the Grinch are available with some great costumes and accessories – even Frozen themed too!
One of the things I had hoped to do with my girls this holiday season was to decorate a gingerbread house together – yay for traditions. The Gingerbread Decorating Corner was a quiet spot for us to take a ‘time out’ from the excitement and do a family project.
You can choose from a Gingerbread cookie family or a complete house (already put together) for your group. Our house turned out so cute and the girls were really proud of it. Thanks to some help packing it back into the box, we were able to bring ours home with us – completely intact! PRO TIP: Be on the lookout for Nutmeg the gingerbread man (girl?) for a great photo opportunity!
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped
While I loved all of the holiday themed activities, the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped show was my favorite – and best of all, it is free! Held twice daily at 2 PM and 6:30 PM on the Emerald Plaza Stage, this 25-minute show is a mini-Cirque production complete with aerialists, jugglers, music and snow! The performers rotate throughout the season, so each show is a bit different too.
My girls absolutely loved it, in fact, we watched both performances during our overnight stay. There’s a point in each show where they pull a few folks up from the audience to help with the show – I was one of those lucky folks and my girls couldn’t stop giggling over it. Definitely a fun memory for us. PRO TIP: Get a room overlooking the Emerald Bay Plaza and there’s a good chance you can watch the show from your balcony.
More Holiday Fun
Other fun activities include breakfast with Mrs. Claus and the elves at Villa de Flora featuring a delicious buffet. (Hello, made to order omelets!) You’ll find Santa in his workshop at ICE near the Alpine Village Market Square. The girls loved seeing him – and hooray for a short line too!
A fun way to explore the resort is to go on The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a booklet at ICE! or at the Front Lobby and let the fun begin. We had fun making our way through the resort – Maggie got so excited each time we found an elf. Some of them are tricky to find!
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I’d highly recommend staying overnight as there are so many fun activities – you’ll need two days to enjoy Christmas at Gaylord Palms!
** My family and I were invited guests of the Gaylord Palms Resort. Meals, accommodations and activities were included with our stay. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. **