My family and I were invited by Washington Family Magazine to spend a weekend at the Gaylord National Resort in order to experience the hotel’s much celebrated Christmas on the Potomac. As former Gaylord employees (My husband and I met, fell in love and ultimately both worked at the Gaylord owned Opryland Hotel in Nashville.) we knew well what to expect: top notch service, personable employees and luxurious accommodations and amenities. And happily the hotel did not disappoint. (The walls in our room were leather tile, for goodness sake.) To quote my nine year old, “We’re living the life, Momma!”
Christmas on the Potomac is, in a word, spectacular. From the 18-story atrium illuminated by “Northern Lights” to their Brightest Star fountain show, from Breakfast with the Grinch, Brunch with Santa, to Dr. Suess themed sculpture gardens, dive-in pool movies and fireworks (Not to mention holiday milk & cookies and hot cocoa!) it is a fantastic family holiday treat.
The decor of the resort is a spectacle in and of itself featuring a whopping two million Christmas lights (12.27 miles of light string) and a 7,000 lb, 60-foot tall suspended Tree of Light made entirely of “candy” glass.
And that, my friends, is only the beginning.
If the resort in and of itself doesn’t propel you into holiday bliss, ICE! will. Gaylord National’s ICE!, a separate attraction, is an interactive indoor wonderland created entirely out of clear, white and colored ice. ICE! features 10 scenes from the Dr. Suess tale “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The impressive structure took 40 Chinese artisans no less than 40 days to carve the two million pounds of ice needed for the holiday spectacular.
There have been only a handful of times in my life as a parent when I have had the privilege of seeing my children visibly in awe. ICE! was one of them. They were mesmerized. I mean, when was the last time your family got to travel down a two story ice slide? Or gaze upon the wonder that is the largest PEEPS tree ever created?
So, would any of you like to experience your own holiday adventure at Gaylord National?!
THE DETAILS: Washington Family Magazine is giving away two prize packages to experience Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac and ICE!
Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Go to Washington Family’s contest website page and follow their instructions.
- OPTIONAL WARM FUZZY /Do one of the following:
- Come back here and leave a comment confirming that you have completed those tasks. Good luck!
FTC Disclosure: My family and I received the weekend package from Washington Family Magazine. Gaylord National provided us with tickets to Breakfast with the Grinch and Brunch with Santa. All opinions expressed are mine. Really, kids. It is a phenominal experience. The prize is being given away by Washington Family Magazine. I am not involved in picking the winner. And to clarify – optional warm fuzzy FB & Tweets are just that…optional. They help spread the word about the giveaway.