DCW50’s Robin Hamilton Slides Into The Holidays On ICE!
Nothing says the holidays like Ice. No, not the dreaded kind that forces us to salt the sidewalks and watch our steps. No, this is ICE!, the extraordinary, frozen sculpture display that is part of the Gaylord’s Christmas on the Potomac.
This is the 11th year the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center has created the extravaganza. The resort boasts festively decorated trees, a display of lights surrounding a suspended Christmas tree, and a laser and fountain show. Top that with a 25-minute atrium program called Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. It models itself after a Cirque du Soleil show, where dancers and acrobats captivate the audience. Yes, you will see performers that will have you holding your breath. (Spoiler alert – the Christmas tree isn’t the only thing suspended from the ceiling).
Then of course, there is the signature attraction, ICE.
This year’s theme is A Charlie Brown Christmas, where giant blocks of colored ice have been transformed to represent the characters from the popular cartoon series. From Charlie Brown, to Linus, Lucy, Marcy, Snoopy and Woodstock, the Peanuts gang is back together in scenes reminiscent of the iconic show.
The exhibit has added a feature too where visitors can learn about the making of the sculptures. Touch screens and displays explain the process, introduces us to the artists from Harbin, China, and even allows the curious to touch blocks of ice.
This is just a tip of the iceberg (pun intended) of what the Gaylord has to offer.
Christmas on the Potomac is now open and runs through January 1st.