Gaylord National Resort More Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Christmas on the Potomac

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With more celebrations than ever before, Gaylord National Resort will open holiday experiences five days before! Plus the return of ICE! And fan-favorite activities like ice skating and gingerbread decorating - newly added experiences include a super gingerbread display, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar, a NITRO PEPSI pop-up featuring holiday-themed drinks, and more. Gaylord National will also offer its popular Christmas Wings - decorated with holiday décor to give home the feel of the holidays. The festivities will open to the public on November 20. Please see the original photo and video here.

Visitors can enjoy the following newly announced experiences:

Overnight guests can celebrate the season with the whole family and book one of the resort’s festive Christmas dream suites. This cozy home away from home comes complete with lights, socks, a Christmas tree, and even a sweet holiday treat! Guests can enjoy the resort’s famous lounge light show from their comfortable balcony. Want to bring extended family? Not a problem! Add to Connecting King Room or Queen Double Room. Christmas Dreams Suite also includes free valet parking.

The lovable, larger-than-life Gingerbread screen is back this year! Visitors will enjoy the Washington, D.C. antiquities like never before, as they were constructed from over 300 pounds. of baked gingerbread. The mega show village was designed and built by a team of 9 pastry chefs and takes about three months to build.

The Smooth Lounge by NITRO PEPSI will showcase custom cocktails and mocktails with holiday style including The Snowman and The Glitz. All drinks will include Nitro Pepsi, the first Nitro-infused Cola with two delicious flavours, Draft Cola and Draft Cola Vanilla all served in a special Nitro Pepsi trophy.

For guests looking to impress at their next holiday gathering, Gaylord National’s resort chef will lead a 101 cooking class at Holiday Hosting. Participants can expect to enjoy a festive libation and learn how to prepare three delicious appetizers including holiday scrambled eggs, chorizo ​​and Manchego pretzels, and vodka-cured salmon entrees. This hands-on interactive course is fun and delicious.

Holiday sweets and savory treats are on the menu at the Holiday Sweet Shoppe. Visitors can check out the Holiday Sweet Shoppe for delicious hot chocolate or eggnog and choose from an impressive selection of chef-prepared desserts to take home and enjoy with the family.

Christmas Tree Farm Bar reminds us of the ancient tradition of choosing the perfect Christmas tree with the family. This Instagram pop-up bar will bring visitors together to enjoy fun photo opportunities and lively holiday cocktails like Mistletoe Margarita and Gingerbread Mule.

With so much to see and do, visitors may choose to stay overnight and enjoy some special perks for overnight guests. Extra Cool Hour and Chill Pass allow overnight visitors to enter ICE! A Christmas Village and front entrance to attractions.

In addition to the holiday fun, Gaylord National’s Old Hickory Steakhouse, revered for its premium gourmet beef, will serve a fixed menu for seasonal holiday steaks on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day December 24 and 25.

The resort’s luxurious Relaach Spa will enter the soul with luxurious treatments including:

  • ice! Ohhh Fudge Body Scrub: A full-body chocolate fudge sugar scrub followed by a hydrating treatment with warm vanilla cream to leave skin feeling silky, gorgeous and hydrated.
  • Winter Health Facial: A refreshing winter facial to cleanse and purify the skin using the anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus, leaving skin soft and hydrated.
  • Winter Eucalyptus Massage: Revitalize tired muscles and joints with the power of eucalyptus in a relaxing Swedish massage

With all the new experiences, visitors should make sure they don’t forget beloved traditions including ICE!. Gaylord National Resort will bring back the hugely popular ICE! this chapter. Using more than 2 million pounds - or 1,000 tons - of ice, the entertaining classic “A Christmas Story™” will be brought to life with extraordinary ice sculptures by a team of 40 world-class ice craftsmen from Harbin, China. This is the first time a Christmas story has been shown at ICE! During the resort vacation.

In addition to ICE! There are more than a dozen different experiences throughout the resort, holiday lights at every turn. Snow is sure to be in the expectation at Snow Factory’s Snowball Build and Blast where guests will build and throw real snowballs or take a thrilling slide down the frozen hill at Snow Flow Mountain. From the beloved classic Peanuts, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt promises to keep the fun going as detectives explore the 19-story garden lobby in search of hidden holiday clues. Storytime with Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions would be the perfect break to enjoy T’was the Night Before Christmas and share your favorite Santa Claus cookies.

For guests looking to enjoy the outdoors, fan-favorite snowshoeing or taking a ride at Ice Bumper Cars are options at the newly located Winter Square!

With over 155,000 square feet of magical holiday decor, 2 million twinkling Christmas lights etc. Many. birthday. At every turn, Christmas at Gaylord National will not disappoint.

The full suite of experiences includes:

  • Christmas Village featuring Gingerbread Decoration, Build-A-Bear® Workshop, Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions, The Village Shoppe retail store, and photos with Santa
  • Snow Bumper Cars
  • Snow Flow Mountain
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowball Build and Blast Snowball Experience at Snow Factory
  • Circus: Live Theatrical Show “The Spirit of Christmas”
  • Live theater show for the coolest story
  • Shine Light display including a 55-foot Starlight Christmas tree and a new 60-foot light curtain
  • happy birthday snoopy scavenger hunt

Family and friends can start planning their holiday trip now with special savings on overnight packages including:

Vacation packages:

Premium Ice! Features A Christmas Story™ . bundle

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Two to four tickets to ICE! And Snowflow Mountain Tubes
  • 1 Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt Manual
  • $50 food and beverage credit per night

Available on selected dates only. Prices start at $364.

ice! The A Christmas Story™ bundle features:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • ONE ENTRY ICE! Tickets (one per person, per stay)

Available on selected dates only. Prices start at $299.

While Gaylord National Resort offers endless Christmas activities within the resort, its prime location in National Harbor features its own holiday events and programs. Steps outside the resort is the bustling waterfront destination, National Harbor, with more than 40 restaurants, 160 stores (including Tanger Outlets), and entertainment that includes everything from MGM National Harbor to spinning at The Capital Wheel, a 180-foot observation wheel. long. This Christmas season, National Harbor will light up the skies with its fireworks display every Saturday from November 12 through December 17. The destination will also offer a nightly tree lighting show every half hour from sunset until 9pm. The Capital Wheel, synonymous with National Harbor, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with packages including Holidate, Stocking Stuffer, and more.

To learn more about Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and book an overnight stay, room package, meeting or event, please visit or call 301-965-4000.


Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is the largest non-games hotel and convention center on the East Coast, located along the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland and part of Marriott International, which opened in April 2008. Gaylord National is an AAA-Four Diamond Resort Just eight miles from Washington, DC. The resort offers nearly 2,000 rooms including 110 suites. 19-story lobby 600,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; Famous restaurants including Old Hickory Steakhouse; and Pose Rooftop Lounge.

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