Gaylord National – Christmas On The Potomac Holiday Celebration

Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac runs from November 16-January 1,2019. Here you can delight in beautiful holiday displays, enjoy a magical Christmas Village and enjoy ICE!, featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. Be it a day trip, or an overnight package, you will want to visit Gaylord National this holiday season.

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Gaylord National Christmas On The Potomac

We are lucky enough to live within 90 minutes of the Gaylord National Resort. It sits on the banks of the Potomac River overlooking Northern Virginia and Washington DC. What I love about Gaylord National, is you get all of the amenities of a big city resort, without going into the crazy city. The Gaylord comes to life during the holiday season, and I was able to visit last week, as a special guest, to experience all of the great fun to be had. Take a look at my complete guide to the holidays at Gaylord National.

ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year Gaylord National is host to the renowned show ICE!, if you haven’t experienced ICE! you are truly missing out on a spectacular attraction. Artisans from China are brought in and hand carve all of the amazing ice sculptures and creations. The building is kept at 9 degrees so the ice will not melt. You are given a special parka before entering the building, however don’t forget your hat and gloves, because it is COLD!

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This years theme may be my favorite yet, A Charlie Brown Christmas. From Linus telling the Christmas story, to snoopy decorating his dog house, and the choir of kids singing this heartwarming story will take you right back to childhood. Make sure the kids don’t miss the slides, they are made entirely out of ice! Weekends are the most crowded, and do sell out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

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Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

The atrium comes alive twice daily with Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Enjoy a fun Christmas tale, with vibrant costumes, acrobatics and thrills! Shows are Tuesday – Friday 1 pm and 6.30 pm and Saturday 1 pm, 6.30 pm and 8 pm. You can buy reserved seating for the weekend shows starting at $19.99.

We loved this show, and really wished it was longer than 30 minutes. I had three ten-year old girls with me that sat in awe the entire show. I would suggest waiting to see the later shows, the large atrium window makes for the sun-glare and the affects weren’t as vibrant.

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A Christmas Wish Atrium Show

Four times each evening, the atrium comes alive, with lasers, stars, dancing fountains and indoor snow all to the tune of your holiday favorites.

Christmas Tree Trail

Take a stroll through the atrium and see the beautiful tree displays that feature various countries from around the world.

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Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends

This one of a kind experience is available on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Pienza Marketplace, offering an incredible breakfast buffet. As you dine you will sing a long and meet a few of your favorite Peanuts friends including, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and Charlie Brown!

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Christmas Village

Step inside this enchanting and fun village to discover a winter wonderland to explore. From story time, to cookie decorating and even ice skating you will delight in family fun.

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Ice Skating– $16.99 per person, practice your skills on this mini-rink.

Cocoa Shoppe– Warm up after ice with a cup of hot cocoa, don’t forget your souvenir cup!

Potomac Express Train– Kids 42″ and under can enjoy this mini holiday train ride. $4.99 per person

Carousel– Kids 42″ and under can take a ride on one of the classic carousel horses. $4.99 per person

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Christmas Shoppe– From beautiful ornaments to ICE! souvenirs, don’t miss this holiday shoppe.

Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt– Search Gaylord National high and low for clues to help Snoopy decorate his dog house. When you find all the clues turn it in for a neat prize at the box office. $9.99 person

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Gingerbread Decorating Corner– Craft your holiday masterpiece by making a Gingerbread House or a Family of Cookies. This is always one of our favorite activities. $30 and up per kit.

Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions- Grab a bean bag and enjoy story time and Christmas Carols with Mrs. Claus. She may even have Milk and Cookies for you. $12.99 per person

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Santa Souvenir Photo- What’s a holiday tradition without a visit to Santa! Tell him what you want this year, and pose for a photo. $25 and up.

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The girls are still talking about all of the fun they had at Christmas on the Potomac, at Gaylord National Resort. I loved watching them experience ICE! for the first time, and then take part in fun activities to get them in the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a fun family getaway, book your visit to Gaylord National for Christmas on the Potomac.

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ICE! is a ticketed event and will sell out, especially on the weekends. Be sure to book your package now.






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