Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort

Today we took advantage of two events going on while we just happen to be in town. Two very different events, I might add.

This morning we drove up to Grapevine on another tip from my friend, Vikki, to see the Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord while debating whether or not to spend the $$ to see The Ice which is also there. We parked on the top level of the parking structure to view this enormous complex including the hotel, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, three atriums, and a convention center.

You pass through the lobby into the main atrium which is fully decorated for Christmas. Here are a few photos.

We did decide to visit The Ice. They use TWO MILLION pounds of ice. A team of ice sculptors from China work twelve hour days for a month carving the figures that fill the 14,000 square foot area that is kept at around 3° for the duration of this event. Parkas are provided and we needed them, even over our own coats! But first, just because I love ya and want you to feel like you've been there, here is a shot of the special carpet that covers the floors of the convention center. Isn't it perfect?

After walking what seemed like several city blocks to get here, this is the entrance to The Ice at the Gaylord.

I may share more later but here are a few photos of this uniquely amazing ice exhibit.

Shrek and Donkey
Fiona with Felicia, Farkle, & Fergus
Rich and me with Dragon; check out the closeup of Dragon's face below!

There was more, so much more in The Ice that will have to wait because there is more to post about today. I am going to share a couple more photos from the resort though. In another atrium there is a full size gingerbread house that serves as a candy store. Over 5,000 square feet of gingerbread is used in the construction of this house.

For obvious reasons, if you look closely, I want to share this...

Yes! It is decorated with Christmas Trains and Santa is waving from the locomotives!

I had expected we would see Christmas decorations on our travels but I certainly never dreamed of anything like this.

Lovin' Life ~~ And The Joy of the Unexpected

1 comment:

  1. The Ice looks amazing. The boys would think those sculptures were awesome! Two Million pounds of ice, 14,000sq feet, 3 degrees... I cannot even imagine! That would be more than 9 of my houses full of ice!


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