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Days of Activities

With original events like I Love Christmas Movies™, classic holiday activities such as photos with Santa, and thrilling experiences like ice bumper cars, there is something for everyone, and you can do it all with So. Much. Christmas. at Gaylord National Resort.
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I Love Christmas Movies™
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I Love Christmas Movies is coming to Gaylord National in 2021! Experience favorite scenes from five beloved films, including: The Polar Express™, Elf™, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation™, A Christmas Story™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™.

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Included in Overnight Package

I Love Christmas Movies™is included in select Overnight Packages.  Enjoy hours of holiday family fun and save with packages that include event tickets.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle I Love Christmas Movies™ with other holiday events and activities.
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Snow Flow Mountain
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In this mechanized, snow play space you will slide through factory conveyor belts that have frozen solid and ride tubes down a thrilling plummet slide or hilly ice coaster at Snow Factory.
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Included in Overnight Package

Ice Tubing is included in the "Christmas on the Potomac" Package.  Enjoy hours of holiday family fun and save with packages that include event tickets.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle Ice Tubing with other holiday events and activities.
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Ice Bumper Cars
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If you like bumper cars, experience the thrill of driving them on ice! Slide, spin, and bump your friends and family as you zoom around.
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Snowball Build & Blast
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Build and toss real snowballs to boost the power of the snowmaking machines and earn points in this experience at Snow Factory, the mechanized, snowy play space.
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Ice Skating
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Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide on our outdoor ice skating rink made with real ice.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle Ice Skating with other holiday events and activities.
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Gingerbread Decorating Corner
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Don't wait -- make a date to decorate! Let your Christmas creativity run wild when you adorn your gingerbread house or cookies. After you've reached confection perfection with your edible art, head over for a sweet meet-and-greet with Nutmeg, our very own gingerbread man.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle Gingerbread Decorating Corner with other holiday events and activities.
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Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt
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Search high and low to help Snoopy deck his house out for the Dog House Decorating Competition in this fun scavenger hunt. Complete the quest to win a souvenir.

 

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Included in Overnight Package

Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt is included in the "Christmas on the Potomac overnight package.  Enjoy hours of holiday family fun and save with packages that include event tickets.
iconIncluded in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt with other holiday events and activities.
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The Greatest Story Stage Show
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The Greatest Story Stage Show

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The birth and life of Jesus Christ has been called "the greatest story ever told." Experience it through the eyes of six international storytellers in a musical stage show and multicultural celebration of everlasting faith, hope, and love. Complimentary seating available on a first come, first served basis. Guaranteed seating available for purchase.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop
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Bring imagination to life with Build-A-Bear Workshop®! Experience the Make-Your-Own fun by adding stuffing and taking part in our one-of-a-kind Heart Ceremony. Personalize furry friends with outfits, accessories, sounds and scents - it's the most fun you'll ever make.
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Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions
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Join the jolliest hostess of all for a fun-filled celebration of Christmas traditions. Delight in the retelling of the Christmas classic, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, sing along to favorite holiday songs, and share a batch of Santa's favorite snack - warm, freshly-baked Christmas cookies and ice cold milk. Milk provided by Keany Produce.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 25%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 25% when you bundle Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions with other holiday events and activities. 
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Holiday Dining
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Discover delicious dining options and holiday dining events at some of finest restaurants this holiday season.
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#LIT Light Show
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#LIT Light Show

icon 7:30pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm
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This high-energy, celebratory show brings the magic of decorating the tree to life with thousands of dancing lights, lasers, and music. 

Location: Atrium

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Photos With Santa
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Mailing a letter to the North Pole is great, but nothing can beat a personal visit with Santa Claus to let him know what you want for Christmas and make sure you're on his nice list. Capture the moment with a keepsake photo.

Please note that Santa Claus will wear a mask at all times during this experience.

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Seasonal Spa Treatments
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Seasonal Spa Treatments

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icon By Appointment Only
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Celebrate the holidays and pamper yourself with very merry spa treatments.
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Sugary Sweet Storytime
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Sugary Sweet Storytime

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icon Complimentary for Overnight Guests

It's confection perfection when the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince join the fun for sugary storytelling and tasty treats. This celebration of sweets retells the story of The Nutcracker in an interactive experience, complete with holiday sing-alongs and lots of laughs.

This experience is complimentary for overnight guests.  Book an Overnight Stay.

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Holiday Sweet Shoppe
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Holiday Sweet Shoppe

Holiday sweets and tasty treats! Enjoy a hot chocolate or an eggnog when you visit the Holiday Sweet Shoppe located in the Lower Atrium. Choose from a selection of chef-prepared desserts to take home and share with family & friends. 

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Holiday Hosting 101
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Impress family and friends at the next holiday gathering with tips from a professional. Led by our Resort Chef, learn how to prepare three popular holiday hors d'oeuvres while enjoying a festive cocktail. This hands-on interactive experience is fun and tasty!

Location: Belvedere Lobby Bar

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The Christmas Tree Lot
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The Christmas Tree Lot

Feel like your stepping out of your parents' 1975 station wagon to cut down the family Christmas tree at The Christmas Tree Lot pop-up bar experience, located in the Lower Atrium! Choose from six cozy drinks to enjoy including a Mistletoe Margarita, The Naughty Elf, Holidaze and more.

Location: Lower Atrium