Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When It's Warm in December

What do you do when the thermometer registers 70 degrees in the winter and you long to see cold weather reminders of winter? You go to ICE! 

We packed a bag with scarves, hats, and gloves and ventured to the Gaylord National Resort to see the amazing ice display. The walk through attraction is kept at a chilly 9 degrees, but the blue parkas that we were given to wear over our winter coats kept us quite comfortable. I never felt too cold in the exhibit.

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Seven large rooms of ice displays told the story of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." I loved the vibrant colors of the animals and people portrayed in the elaborately carved ice. In total, there are more than 2 million pounds of ice that make up the exhibit! We also watched one of the artists as he worked on more ice sculptures in a live carving zone.

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But my favorite part of the ice display was the nativity scene. The clear colored ice made a stunning visual representation of the Holy Family.

gaylord national ice nativity scene

After a visit with Santa at the Gaylord and a quick tour around the resort, we explored National Harbor. If you're looking for a great dining option, I highly recommend Rosa Mexicano, just a quick walk from the resort. I enjoyed walking along the waterfront.

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Natalia and Alexia especially enjoyed the 150 shops at National Harbor. The Peeps store is always a favorite.

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