‘Tis the Season to Create Magical Holiday Memories at Gaylord Texan’s Annual Lone Star Christmas Event

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Enjoy bigger ICE! slides, towering Christmas trees, and millions of holiday lights.

Back again and better than ever, Gaylord Texan’s third-annual Lone Star Christmas event, featuring the awe-inspiring ICE! exhibit, provides a winter wonderland full of festive holiday events, activities, and displays for those of all ages to enjoy.

Beginning November 15, 2007 – January 5, 2008, Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan will dazzle visitors with decorated resort atriums featuring over 1.2 million holiday lights, magnificent electric train displays, a giant 40-foot tall Christmas tree, and 10,000 sparkling holiday ornaments, just to name a few. Special guests of Lone Star Christmas will include Santa in his workshop, Mrs. Claus with live reindeer, and a variety of strolling holiday entertainers.

The resort’s popular ICE! exhibit will return this year with a variety of new ice sculptures including a train depot, igloo, gingerbread family, and walk-through Nativity scene. Most exciting will be this year’s bigger and better three-level ICE! slide! An impressive additional third slide, measuring 5 feet taller and 15 feet longer than last year’s slides, will curve around the interior of the exhibit to provide visitors with an even more exhilarating sliding experience.

All sculptures inside of the 14,000-square-foot ICE! exhibit are hand-carved from two million pounds of ice by visiting artisans from Harbin, China. To keep visitors warm and cozy in the exhibit, which is maintained at a wintry 9 degrees, oversized parkas will be provided. Following a stroll through ICE!, guests are invited to shop in the unique ICE! retail store and enjoy a complimentary cookie in the resort’s Java Coast coffee shop.

LONE STAR CHRISTMAS BY THE NUMBERS:

1.2 million: number of lights
10,000: number of holiday ornaments
40 feet: height of Gaylord Texan Christmas tree, adorned with more than 25,000 lights
2300 feet: length of garland
5600: number of wreaths
20: number of replicas of historic Texas buildings nestled amongst the Christmas trees
40: number of days that Santa will visit

ICE! BY THE NUMBERS:

2,000,000 pounds: amount of ice it takes to create ICE!
400,000: number of visitors who enjoyed ICE! in 2005 and 2006
5,000: number of ICE! blocks hand-carved and transformed into our winter wonderland
40: number of artisans from the City of Harbin (China) Tourism and Development Commission, who sculpt the attraction by hand
34: number of days needed to hand-carve the ICE! display
14,000: total square footage of the unique structure that houses ICE!
9 degrees: the temperature setting for the ICE! structure. The average temperature fluctuates from 14 to 20 degrees, but is always under freezing.
1,400+: number of LED lights frozen within ICE!
3: number of types of ice used in the construction of ICE! - Clear “glass-like” crystal ice – so flawless that it is compared to Waterford Crystal – makes up 80 percent of the sculptures. “White ice” blocks, which are more like compacted snow, make up 15 percent of the sculptures. Colored ice, which contains dyed brilliant colors, is used for highlighting and accenting the remaining 5 percent of the sculptures.

ICE! TICKET PRICING:

Weekday pricing is available Monday – Friday. Weekend pricing is available Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices include validated self-parking. Ticket prices purchased at the exhibit include a $3 transaction fee. Tickets purchased online at http://www.gaylordtexan.com do not include a transaction fee. For information, to purchase tickets, or to make reservations, please visit http://www.gaylordtexan.com or call (866) 782-7897 (toll-free) or (817) 778-2000 (local).

Adults (ages 13 to 54):
Weekday - $20.00 plus tax
Weekend - $23.00 plus tax

Military and Seniors (ages 55 and up):
Weekday - $18.00 plus tax
Weekend - $20.00 plus tax

Children (ages 4 to 12):
Weekday - $10.00 plus tax
Weekend - $12.00 plus tax

ABOUT GAYLORD TEXAN RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER

Already the premier convention destination of the American Southwest, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine offers world-class facilities, more than 400,000 square feet of convention space and four-and-a-half acres of Texas vistas under signature atriums. Ideally situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Grapevine, Gaylord Texan is only six minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Gaylord Texan is a Gaylord Hotels-branded property owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Resort Quest International and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit http://www.gaylordhotels.com.

Media Note: Photos of the 2006 ICE! exhibit are available on request.

Media Contact:
Martha Neibling
Public Relations Manager
817-778-1145
mneibling @ gaylordhotels.com

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