Gaylord Texan Presents a Texas-Size Christmas

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Enjoy an exquisite ice show, brilliant holiday lights, Christmas trees, snow tubing, gingerbread decorating, a 5D holiday adventure, and of course, Jolly ol' St. Nick.

'We are extremely excited to host our 10th annual Lone Star Christmas event,' said Martha Neibling, the resort's director of public relations. 'We take pride in providing families with a unique holiday experience to enjoy together.'

Beginning November 14th, 2013, – January 4th, 2014, Gaylord Texan Resort’s 10th annual Lone Star Christmas event, presented by Kodak, will offer a variety of holiday activities, live entertainment, and grand displays to celebrate the season like none other in the Lone Star State!


This year, the resort will invite visitors inside to enjoy a delightful winter wonderland featuring:

  •     1.5 million holiday lights
  •     350 lit trees including a 54-foot Christmas tree
  •     2 million pounds of hand-carved ice
  •     1.5 million pounds of real Texas snow
  •     Magical miniature train sets
  •     7-foot tall gingerbread house with train
  •     25-foot tall toy soldiers
  •     2,300 decorated wreaths
  •     5,600 feet of garland
  •     12,000 festive ornaments
  •     2,500 poinsettias
  •     7,500 gingerbread kits

A variety of amusing holiday entertainers will also be present including Santa Claus, toy soldier stilt walkers, the Little Drummer Boy, and more.

be Amazed by the Magic of Ice

The truly spectacular 14,000-square-foot “ICE!” exhibit, presented by Pepsi, Metro PCS, and Lexus, will feature the magical story of The Nutcracker in TWO MILLION pounds of ice. Forty master ice artisans traveled to the Texan all the way from Harbin, China to spend thirty days hand-carving the spectacular life-size characters and scenes.

Visitors will feel as though they have been transported to the North Pole as they bundle up in complimentary parkas and enter this winter wonderland kept at a wintry 9 degrees to enjoy the Nutcracker scenes, slides and special bonus rooms including “Christmas in New York” and the awe-inspiring Nativity – all in ice.

DATES: November 14th - January 4th
OPEN: 10:00am – 9:00pm Sunday – Thursday and 10:00am – 10:00pm on Friday & Saturday

Adult: Peak: $29.95* Non-Peak: $21.95*
Senior & Military*:     Peak: $26.95*     Non-Peak: 19.95*
Child (4-12): Peak: $16.95*     Non-Peak: $11.95*

*Military rate available only at Box Office with valid Military ID. All prices subject to tax and handling fee.    

Enjoy a Thrilling Snow Tubing Adventure

It is going to snow all holiday season at Gaylord Texan. Made fresh each morning, our 8-lane giant snow tubing hill for both kids and adults is constructed with 1.5 million pounds of real Texas snow. Grab a tube and hang on for downhill fun.

DATES: November 14th – January 4th
OPEN: 10:00am – 9:00pm daily
PRICING: $18.95

Decorate Gingerbread to Your Heart’s Delight

The holiday season just got a whole lot sweeter. Choose from five decorating options ranging from a gingerbread family to decorating a gingerbread train set. All of the delectably tasty decorations are provided for families to ice, sprinkle, and gun drop to their hearts content.

DATES: November 14th – January 4th
OPEN: 1:00pm – 8:00pm Monday – Thursday and
             Noon – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday
PRICING: Prices from $29.95 - $68.95 for various kits

Journey to Christmas Kingdom – A Holiday 5D Adventure

Help the Toy Soldier and his friends find Santa's missing presents and load up the sleigh. Embark on an exciting journey as our 5D cinema takes you inside the Christmas Kingdom. Put your senses on overdrive as you experience magical bubbles, fog, lasers, and more. Along the way, ride the virtual roller coaster, hop through the enchanted Wish Tunnel, and explore a Holiday Candy Castle in this fun, interactive holiday adventure the whole family will enjoy.

DATES: November 14th – January 4th
OPEN: Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
            Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
PRICING: $19.95 per person

Kick Off Christmas, Texan-style

On Thursday, November 14th, the resort will officially “kick off Christmas” with an impressive Lone Star Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 8:00pm. When the Texas sun sets and its winter skies go dark, Gaylord Texan’s 1.5 million twinkling lights will turn on! After the exciting ceremony featuring ballerinas from the Texas Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker Ballet and a performance from the Texas Girls’ Choir, guests are invited to stroll through the resort atriums to enjoy the extraordinary holiday decorations and Lone Star Christmas events. The Tree Lighting Ceremony itself is free to the public but there is a charge for parking. However, as always, local visitors who spend $25 or more in a resort restaurant receive complimentary validated short-term self-parking.

For more information on all of Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas events and activities, or to purchase tickets, please visit You can also call Gaylord Texan Reservations at 817-778-1000.

About Gaylord Hotels®
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Media Note: High resolution photos of Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas events and décor are available upon request. Photos or video of the Chinese master ice artisans carving ICE! featuring The Nutcracker can be captured through Friday, November 8th. Please contact us for appointments and we can escort you inside. Following that time, fine tuning will be done on the ice sculptures and scenes until its full completion on November 14th.

Media Contact: Martha Neibling, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, mneibling(at)gaylordhotels(dot)com

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