Frozen winter wonderlands is the theme of two heartwarming events this holiday season.
Dollywood is adding a new show to its Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival, held from November 5 to December 30 at the premier theme park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice is an original show featuring the Ice Theater of New York – the nation’s premier ice dance ensemble – spinning and twirling on an ice rink as a cast of six singers perform holiday classics, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and more.
Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice joins a lineup of holiday shows and entertainment that includes “Christmas in the Smokies,” “Appalachian Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” plus a roving Scrooge and the “Carol of the Trees” – a “seasonal symphony for the senses.” All shows are included with park admission, along with more than 20 rides and attractions: Thunderhead, Mystery Mine, the Dollywood Express steam locomotive, lots of kid-friendly rides and the Polar Express™ 4D Experience.
For lodging, Dollywood Vacations is offering a special 20 percent discount on a four-night or longer cabin stay. Cabin guests may purchase a new Holiday Pass for $118 per person ($81 ages 4-11) and receive unlimited visits to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival with free reserved parking and a holiday buffet with reserved seating at Dollywood’s Backstage Restaurant.
For more information, visit www.Dollywood.com.
Dreaming of an ice Christmas
At the four Gaylord Hotels (Nashville, Orlando, Washington D.C. and Dallas), Shrek, Alex the Lion, Puss in Boots and other lovable characters from DreamWorks® Animation SKG, Inc. will be helping prepare for a holiday on ICE!™, the spectacular life-sized winter wonderlands hand-carved at each hotel from 2 million pounds of ice – each.
From mid-November through early January, two of the hotels (Gaylord Opryland and Gaylord National) will present ICE!™ featuring the DreamWorks’ television holiday special, Merry Madagascar™, with charming and colorful displays bringing scenes from the show to life – like Santa and his reindeer crash-landing on the island of Madagascar and Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman hatching their mad scheme to save Christmas.
At the other two properties (Gaylord Palms and Gaylord Texan), ICE! will feature DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls™ holiday special, enthralling visitors with colorful, interactive ice sculptures depicting Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Gingy, Puss in Boots and others in their typically zany vignettes.
At each resort, Gaylord Hotels’ ICE! event encompasses 2 million pounds of ice in 14 different colors and 1,500-plus specially designed light tubes that are frozen inside the ice to illuminate from within. The “cold room” structure built for this interactive attraction ranges over 15,000 square feet and is kept at a chilly nine degrees inside. It takes 40 artisans working 30 days to carve the ice and build the attraction. And there are several ICE! slides – with some soaring as high as two stories – at each resort.
This Christmas, new release Puss In Boots™ will be shown at the hotels. Gaylord Opryland will host a nightly street party with music, lights, dancing and, of course, the DreamWorks Animation characters. All four properties will also offer special DreamWorks Animation character meals, meet-and-greets, Gingerbread Decorating with Gingy and many other new themed experiences for families. Packages including accommodations and tickets to ICE! are available at each Gaylord Hotel.
For more information, visit www.GaylordHotels.com.