Savor the sights and sounds of the season in an epic celebration with Gaylord’s Christmas festivities. From hand-carved ice sculptures and seasonal feasts to ice skating and over-the-top music performances, Gaylord’s one-of-a-kind resorts bring your favorite holiday traditions together all in one place.

Whether you’re celebrating with family and friends on the scenic banks of the Potomac River, soaking up the sunshine in Kissimmee, taking on Texas-sized fun on the outskirts of Dallas or making musical memories in Nashville, you’ll find our resorts provide the perfect settings to revel in your holiday spirit.  


Kissimmee, FL | November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Who says you can’t celebrate the winter season in the Sunshine State? With over 2 million twinkling lights, oversized décor and a crystal-clear ice nativity scene, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will have you in a festive state of mind from the moment you arrive. Start your day tubing down snow-covered hills in the Alpine Village, test your aim with a bucket of real snowballs at Santa’s Snow Throw, then warm up while creating a festive furry friend at the on-site Build-A-Bear Workshop®.

Event Highlights:

New to the Gaylord franchise, the Kissimmee resort’s ICE!® will be themed after the classic holiday movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY™. Stroll through iconic scenes of this hilarious holiday tale with ice sculptures and interactive displays in a 9-degree winter wonderland.

Indulge in a mouthwatering buffet while mingling with Santa’s official helper during The Elf on the Shelf® Character Breakfast, new to Gaylord.  

See stunning feats of showmanship come to life on the stage and in the air during the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Stage Show.


Nashville, TN | November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Make holiday memories in Music City when you celebrate “A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. From ornamental music notes and interactive displays to horse-drawn carriage rides, the renowned resort relishes in every detail to turn your holiday fantasy into a reality. Take a yuletide glide on the 8,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, whirl round and round on Santa’s Spinning Teacups, then cruise through the 12 Days of Christmas indoors on the resort’s Delta Riverboat.

Event Highlights:

New to the Gaylord franchise, this Nashville resort will be presenting ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas™. See this beloved classic come to life through hand-carved sculptures made from more than 2 million pounds of ice.

Sing along to your favorite holiday songs led by a Grammy Award-winning country superstar during A Trace Adkins Christmas.

Want a break from the holiday hoopla? SoundWaves, featuring 4 acres of combined indoor water attractions and seasonal outdoor water amenities, will be opening December 1, 2018, allowing you to make a splash between the seasonal festivities.


Grapevine, TX | November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019

The holidays come to life in Texas-sized proportions during “A Lone Star Christmas” at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. With a 54-foot tree, twinkling cowboy boots and giant nutcrackers, this renowned resort will redefine your version of a winter wonderland. Design your delicious dream home in the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, join Mrs. Claus for fresh cookies and milk while singing Christmas carols, then bundle up once the little ones have gone to sleep for a spirited libation in the ice bar.  

Event Highlights:

Back with an all-new theme, this year’s ICE!® will feature Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer™. Catch all of your favorite reindeer games in an interactive walk-through winter wonderland.

Celebrating the new year on site? Get tickets to Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve party at the Glass Cactus Nightclub, a Bourbon Street-style celebration complete with live entertainment.  


National Harbor, MD | November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Just steps from the sights and sounds of National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center invites you and your family to experience a waterfront winter wonderland complete with holiday-themed rides, nightly tree lightings and indoor snowfall. Feel the holiday spirit with a spin around the Christmas Carousel, watch your little ones smile with glee as they ride around on the miniature holiday train, then glide down the two-story-tall ice slides. 

Event Highlights:

Experience ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas™, and rediscover the true reason for the season through life-size ice characters and displays.  

Catch all-new 2018 performances during the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Atrium Show, featuring breathtaking artistry, spectacular costumes and awe-inspiring stunts.

Bring holiday memories to life without breaking the bank when you receive an exclusive rate on your 2018 Gaylord Christmas experience through Vacations by Marriott.