When it comes to family holiday traditions, we have a handful that we absolutely, unequivocally MUST MUST MUST (!) do for the holidays to be special.

We must watch It’s a Wonderful Life and ELF.

We must make a gingerbread house.

We must find the perfect Christmas tree and decorate it together.

And… We must attend a holiday event together as a family.

For the past three years, our annual holiday event has been ICE! at the Gaylord National Hotel. ICE! is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular holiday family events in the DC Metro area. Nothing gets us in the mood for Christmas like a trek to the National Harbor.

Each year the theme changes and this year ICE! features DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls:

Forty international artisans from Harbin, China once again collaborated to bring the 15,000 square foot attraction to life from TWO-MILLION pounds of carved, colored ice. I tell ya, it never ceases to amaze me. Each year seems to get more impressive than the last.

Ever seen this masterpiece for yourself?

Well, it just so happens that I’m GIVING AWAY a family 4-pack of tickets to ICE! on Hip As I Wanna Be!


The contest runs from Sunday, November 18, 2012 until Sunday, November 25, 2012. I’m using Rafflecopter for the giveaway. (Please bear with me, it is my first time using it!)

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ICE! is part of Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac celebration which also includes spectacular holiday decorations, a 60 foot tall stained glass Tree of Light, nightly live musical entertainment, a fountain show, train rides, indoor snowfalls, DreamWorks Experience packages (ShrekFeast, character meetings, scavenger hunts, gingerbread house making, etc.) and a ton more.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post or giveaway. My family and I were, however, invited as guests of Gaylord National to experience Shrek the Halls.