ICE! at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine

It has been really warm for December and that can make it hard to get in the Christmas spirit.  What better way to find the chill of winter than to visit ICE! at the Gaylord Texan where it is always a brisk 9 degrees.  This year's ICE! theme is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  

The Gaylord Texan brought in 140 Chinese ice sculptors to turn 2 million pounds of ice into an amazing colorful storyland.

As we walked through each room, we read a few more stanzas of the story and enjoyed new ice sculptures and creations that went along with what we read.  

The Gaylord provides everyone with their fashionable blue parkas but don't forget a hat and gloves because it is still really, really cold in there.  Remember I mentioned 9 degrees?

It is just amazing that everything we saw was made of ice.

We found Santa and his reindeer!

The kids' favorite part was just past this giant Christmas tree where two-story stair rails were actually 5 amazing ice slides!

Rachel wanted me to get this video of her going down a slide.  They had so much fun here and they waited in line over and over again to do it "just one more time".

The last room was my favorite.  It is an enchanting Nativity scene made of clear ice.

After the exhibit, we enjoyed some hot chocolate with our friends and then headed to the snow tube area.  We have never done the snow tubes before but they kids had a great time.  The employees were cool and gave the kids an extra little spin before releasing them to give them an especially fun ride.

ICE! continues through January 1st and you don't want to miss it!  We have gone on the weekend in the past and the crowds were just too much so I strongly recommend going during the week.

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