This weekend, my family and I visited the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan.  If you’ve never been to The Gaylord, this is the time to go!  The city of Grapevine is THE Christmas capitol of Texas, and there’s a reason why!  The Gaylord is incredible and definitely worth seeing – even if you don’t go for ICE!  (Yes, you can just go to walk around!)
Ice Gaylord TexanWhen we visited ICE! last year, I knew we needed to pack our hats and gloves because the attraction is 8 degrees inside.  If you don’t think that’s cold… it’s COLD!
After you present your tickets and walk into a room to watch a quick video on the history of ICE!  Make sure you pay attention to this year’s video – there’s a nice surprise at the end! 

Ice Gaylord TexanAfter watching the video, you are led into another room where everyone is given a heavy coat (or parka) to put on.  We put these blue parkas on top of the coats we were already wearing, and trust me when I say they are both needed.  This is in addition to the gloves, hats and scarves.  I saw one lady put her baby inside of her coat for added warmth… it only gets colder as you approach the entrance!

Ice Gaylord TexanThis year, the theme of ICE! is Frosty the Snowman!  With opportunities for great pictures around each corner, there’s no need to rush through the display.  In fact, I could just sit in awe of the magnificence.  I need not even wonder how long it takes to carve one Frosty, more or less three or four of them!

Ice Gaylord TexanI was glad to see the ice slides again this year because it was my favorite part last year, as well.  I love the offering of a shorter child’s slide, which is perfect for my youngest son who isn’t quite sure about the bigger slides.

Ice Gaylord TexanI also loved the addition of an Ice Bar, where guests can enjoy a drink chilled in the 8 degree temperatures!  Guests can buy tickets to the ice bar before entering the ICE! display – ask about them at Will Call!

Ice Gaylord TexanDuring our visit, we were able to see someone carving ice sculptures on our way out!  This was a big treat for my older children and these guys sure do deserve a round of applause.  Very well done! 

Before exiting, the amazing (and final) ice sculpture tells the story of Jesusโ€™ birth.  This is the part my 5 year old couldn’t wait to see, and asked if our family picture could be taken in front of the scene.

Ice Gaylord TexanIce! is not only impressive, it’s absolutely beautiful in every way.  It’s definitely on my list of “must do” for Christmas in Texas.

Ice Gaylord Texan

Note:  Hot chocolate, along with other tasty snacks, is available for purchase once you exit the exhibit.  The gift shop also sells gloves, hats, scarves, t-shirts, etc. 

Disclosure:  My family received tickets to ICE! for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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