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The Gaylord National Resort ICE! is a special holiday event in the Washington DC area you won't want to miss!  This is an annual event which started this year on November 19, 2009 and ended January 10, 2010.

At the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor, visitors step inside a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. Produced exclusively for Gaylord Hotels, the attraction is fully interactive, allowing guests to roam inside, around and on-top of holiday scenes. For example, guests can walk across an ice bridge over a river of ice set amidst a snow forest. Or, they can sit inside a full-sized ice horse and sleigh for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. There�s even a Christmas Castle scene featuring two-story-tall slides made completely of ice, designed for kids and big kids (adults!) to race down.

ICE! will feature ten different, larger-than-life scenes, including:

·         Victorian-style winter forest featuring a horse and sleigh

·         South Pole igloo with dancing penguins

·         A Christmas Castle featuring thrilling, two-story-tall ice slides

·         Santa¹s Toyland, featuring the bearded-one himself created in ice

·         And, a breathtaking, life-sized Nativity scene with a 25-foot ice angel

The indoor, walk-through attraction is housed in an enormous 15,000 square feet structure that is specially constructed and thickly insulated to help maintain its internal temperature of nine degrees.

To stay comfortable inside, guests are loaned oversized winter coats to wear. It gets pretty chilly, so be sure to bring a hat and a pair of gloves.

History & Artistry

The master artisans who created Gaylord Nationalâ��s ICE! are from Harbin, China ¬ a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province that is world-famous for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival. Every winter, more than 2,000 sculpture artists carve a massive, 100-acre walk-through Ice Park and a full-size Ice City from blocks of ice taken from the nearby Songhua River. Gaylord National Resort brought 40 of Harbin's most talented master artisans to the U.S. to showcase their amazing talents in creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. They arrived in mid-October, staying onsite for more than 30 days, to build and hand-carve the attraction in time for its debut.

traveller142009 says:
Come on out...looks like it is going to be here every year. It's not as elaborate as the ice castles they used to built in St. Paul, MN but they are still pretty cool!
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011
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