Christmas Is “Claus” For Celebration At Gaylord Texan Resort

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Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, is transforming its four-and-a-half acres of indoor gardens into a winter wonderland this holiday season - complete with 2 million holiday lights, 15,000 ornaments, 25-foot tall toy soldiers, a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, and more. Family activities will include a 2 million pound ice sculpture attraction, a 12-lane snow tubing hill, an outdoor ice skating rink, gingerbread decorating, a Rudolph "Holly Jolly" character breakfast, cookies & milk with Mrs. Claus, and of course photos with Santa himself.

Two million lights hang down from the top of Gaylord Texan's glass atrium ceilings!

"Our team works year-round to create one-of-a-kind holiday experiences for our visitors that are full of everything magical and merry about the Christmas season," said Martha Neibling, director of public relations for Gaylord Texan Resort.

Taking place this holiday season from November 10, 2016 – January 1, 2017, Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan will delight visitors with lavish decor and festive activities to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.


  • 2 million holiday lights decorating the resort’s indoor atriums
  • 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice for ICE! featuring “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”
  • 2 million pounds of real Texas snow for a two-story tall, 12-lane snow tubing hill
  • A 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink
  • A 54-foot-tall Christmas tree adorning the center atrium
  • Magical miniature train sets throughout the property
  • 25-foot-tall Nutcrackers overlooking joyful families
  • 2,300 decorated wreaths, 5,600 feet of garland, and 15,000 festive ornaments

ICE! FEATURING “SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN” – Presented by Pepsi and Lexus
To create this awe-inspiring display, 40 remarkably talented master ice artisans from Harbin, China, traveled halfway around the world to Grapevine to carve 2 million pounds of ice into magical holiday scenes, brilliant characters, an “On the Blocks” ice bar (21 & up), and five ice slides – all taking visitors through a brand new theme, the classic television special Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.

Visitors will feel as though they have been transported to the North Pole as they walk through the 14,000-square-foot attraction kept at a wintry 9 degrees. To keep guests warm, the resort will provide free parkas for both children and adults – but everyone should still come dressed for the delightfully chilly experience.

SANTA'S WILD WORKSHOP SNOW TUBING – Presented by Frontier Communications
It is going to snow all season long at Gaylord Texan. Made fresh each morning, our 12-lane giant snow tubing hill is constructed with two million pounds of real Texas snow. Grab a tube and hang on for downhill fun.

The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt returns to Gaylord Texan this holiday season. By finding all the scout elves hiding in the resort and solving the puzzles in the scavenger hunt booklet, families will reveal the elves’ names so they can get their Christmas magic. Guests who help the scout elves will receive a special prize.

Join Mrs. Claus and enjoy milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas Story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa’s favorite lady.

Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends Clarice and Bumble at our shiny new holiday dining event guaranteed to go down in history. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast, play reindeer games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special. It’s an experience sure to make you shout out with glee.

GINGERBREAD DECORATING CORNER - Presented by Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas”
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 gum drop to their hearts content.                                                    

Brand new this year. Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at Gaylord Texan’s 6,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink. Christmas in Grapevine has never been more fun.

New for 2016 is Build-A-Bear Workshop® where guests can make their very own furry friend. Choose from an exciting array of animals and characters, including some from popular movies. Each furry friend comes to life at our signature stuffer and can be personalized with cozy winter clothing, accessories and more. Guests can also buy an exclusive light-up polar bear and a furry-friend-sized parka, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels.

The Noerr Programs is the official Photos with Santa and ICE! photography provider for Christmas at Gaylord Hotels and is proud to partner with the resorts again this year to accept donations in support of local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals near each of the resorts.

For more information on all of Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas events and activities, including event dates and pricing, please visit You can also call Gaylord Texan Reservations at 817-778-2000.

Gaylord Hotels®, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands, offers extraordinary environments with “everything in one place”— diverse dining options, a full-service spa, pools, top-notch entertainment, shopping and more. Locations include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida; Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland; and The Inn at Opryland in Nashville. For more information, visit

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