Experience a true Colorado Christmas at Gaylord Rockies Resort, presented by Pepsi. From November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the resort will be transformed into a holiday wonderland featuring a variety of seasonal activities, live entertainment, and grand décor providing the “Most Unforgettable Christmas Ever” for the 45-day event.
Gaylord Hotels’ signature experience ICE! will make its Colorado debut at Gaylord Rockies. The theme for this year will be ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which brings to life the iconic characters and scenes from the most popular Christmas television special of all time.
Guests will experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice as they walk through the attraction kept at a wintry 9 degrees. Crafted by master artisans who travel across the globe from Harbin, China, families can enjoy spectacular holiday scenes, colorful characters, and two-story tall ice slides. Complimentary parkas are provided for both children and adults to help keep you warm.
From an incredible land of ice and snow halfway around the world, a remarkably talented team of artisans will travel to Aurora, Colorado — just to create the amazing ICE! attraction at Gaylord Rockies, presented by DEI. This band of master carvers spends nearly a month, taking shifts inside a 9-degree freezer, to transform the two million pounds of ice into a breathtaking winter wonderland. Sound extreme? It is; but to them, it feels just like home.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its newest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular for 60 performances to the bubly™ theater at Gaylord Rockies. This exclusive in-the-round theatrical experience includes the world’s best acts, dazzling costumes and awe-inspiring holiday productions with astonishing aerialists, singers and dancers. It’s a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family. The action packed 75-minute Christmas celebration is performed on stage and in the air by toy soldiers, snowmen, penguins, reindeer, gingerbread, Santa and holiday costumed characters imagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg.
In the Grand Lodge, magic and dreams of Christmas are all centered around the resort’s 30-foot Christmas tree. Also, in the Grand Lodge will be the family-friendly Naughty & Nice Escape Room where guests work together to solve festive puzzles and piece together Christmassy clues to erase their names from the naughty list before Santa returns to his office.
Children will enjoy meeting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends, Clarice and Bumble, at Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast, a unique culinary event with a sing-along and a tasty buffet. Children are also invited to participate in the resort’s Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt™ featuring Rudolph and The Misfit Toys where they join team Rudolph and play reindeer games to find the Misfit Toys hiding around the resort. All families that help Rudolph accomplish the special Christmas expedition receive a prize.
Mistletoe Village will be the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, Mistletoe Village is home to various attractions and shows, seasonal food and beverage offerings, plus 5,000 square feet of retail including Build-A-Bear Workshop® where guests can choose from all kinds of furry friends, add lots of stuffing and make a wish on a heart. Children will delight in listening to the reading of classic holiday stories and singing Christmas carols at Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions. A sweet treat for kids of all ages is the Gingerbread Decorating Corner where guests can decorate to their heart’s content and meet The Gingerbread Man for a heartwarming hug. Visit The Father Christmas Library and meet the big guy himself. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you don’t want to miss your chance to tell Santa what’s on your Christmas list and have a family photograph taken with him.
Outside on the west side of the resort with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, guests will have fun zooming around at Glacier Point on super slick Ice Bumper Cars, taking a yuletide glide on our outdoor Ice Skating rink, and Ice Tubing down one of four slides that will send you hurdling towards the Denver skyline.
With so much to see and do at Gaylord Rockies Resort during the holidays, the best way to experience it all is to spend a night or two. One-night packages start at $227 per night and include ICE! tickets for two (with the option to add additional adults or children. Overnight guests may also schedule a visit to ICE! during the daily hotel guest-exclusive Extra Cool Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For additional information and to book room packages or tickets, visit Gaylord
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