AUG 17, 2022 - AURORA, CO
AURORA, CO. (August 17, 2022) — Gaylord Rockies Resort invites guests to "freeze the day" this Christmas as the hotel's annual holiday tradition, ICE!, returns November 18, 2022 through January 1, 2023. Using more than two million pounds of ice, the classic holiday story and animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," will be brought to life by a team of 40 ice artisans who work for approximately six weeks to create the 17,500-square-foot, frozen attraction. The artisans, using skills passed down from generation to generation, follow a 300-page design book filled with sketches to create the spectacle. Starting with more than 6,700 massive ice blocks - created by three different ice manufacturers because of the sheer amount needed - carvers will tally more than 12,000-man hours on the project.
ICE! will feature more than 10 scenes from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and classic characters including Charlie Brown, his canine sidekick, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Ice carvings range in size from details as tiny as a coin to soaring scenes more than 30 feet tall. The environment will be kept frozen by a state-of-the-art chilling system that maintains the attraction's temperature at a frosty 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
Colored ice (created by a chemist who mixes special food colorings to ensure sculptures maintain their bright colors the entire season), clear ice and LED lights are all used to create the sparkling display. The frozen fun follows "We can't wait for our guests to experience the magic and wonder of ICE! during this year's Christmas at Gaylord Rockies celebration," said Suzy Hart, general manager of Gaylord Rockies Resort. "ICE! is a one-of-a-kind attraction and we're excited to welcome this Gaylord Hotels tradition back this year with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas' and all the beloved Peanuts characters in the classic holiday story."
Charlie Brown as he directs the neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers when he chooses a tiny Christmas tree as a centerpiece.
In addition to seeing Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, guests can also take slippery rides down two-story-tall ice slides, and traverse through ice tunnels and arches. The ICE! experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to a Nativity scene, meticulously carved and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice.
The talented carvers that create this arctic artwork will travel more than 5,700 miles from their homes in Harbin, China, to Aurora, CO. Known as "Ice City," Harbin is no stranger to elaborate ice carvings - it's home to the world's largest annual ice and snow sculpting festival in the world. At Gaylord Rockies, some of the same artisans who create the Harbin festival will carve 300-pound blocks of ice into the larger-than-life, whimsical scenes. Carvers will use chisels, chippers, tongs, handsaws, grinders and even chainsaws to bring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to life.
While ICE! is the signature attraction for Christmas at Gaylord Rockies, there are plenty more festive activities, events, attractions, and dazzling decorations throughout the resort. Here's a rundown of the events, live entertainment, hands-on activities, exciting attractions and notable news taking place this holiday season at the resort including:
This year, Gaylord Rockies is offering perks and special access to overnight resort guests so they can wait in line less and enjoy more! These perks include:
In addition to more than a dozen special events and activities during Christmas at Gaylord Rockies, guests can enjoy many of the year-round amenities. Arapahoe Springs Water Park is a water wonderland open to overnight guests, with three water slides, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 750-foot-long lazy river. Guests can also enjoy a world of cuisine and fine dining at a variety of exciting and diverse restaurants.
Also being unwrapped this year are Christmas at Gaylord Rockies packages that include special room rates and admission to select events. Guests are encouraged to book their experiences early, as advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events. Tickets are limited to many of the experiences. For tickets, more information, or to book an overnight stay, guests may visit ChristmasatGaylordRockies.com.
About Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Located minutes from both the Denver International Airport and Downtown Denver, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened late 2018. The resort destination features 1,501 guest rooms, including 114 well-appointed suites, and more than 500,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. As a gateway to the Rocky Mountains, Gaylord Rockies offers easy access to Denver attractions and Rocky Mountain adventures, complete with eight dining options; a luxurious spa and salon; indoor and outdoor pool, lazy river; a 75' TV in Mountain Pass Sports Bar; and picture-perfect sunset views of the mountains. Learn more at GaylordRockies.com.
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