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Unwrap A Gaylord Palms Christmas This Season - 2019 Events

Published on October 11, 2018 by SarahE

There's plenty for you to unwrap during Gaylord Palms Christmas events this Holiday Season from November 25th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020.

One of the main Gaylord Palms Christmas events is ICE! An indoor wintry wonderland walk though. Perfect to cool down in the Florida heat.

Plus there's dazzling decor and displays in the massive glass atrium, millions of sparkling Christmas lights, Santa visits, live stage shows with Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, snow tubing and Christmas sing-a-longs.

Put away the flip-flops, this event is a chilly 9 degrees. Gaylord Palms provide parkers to keep you warm, but jeans or trousers rather than shorts are highly recommended.

Alpine Village is the hub of the Gaylord Christmas events, located in the impressive atrium. Stroll through lush gardens that contain over 500,000 plants sprinkled with holiday garlands, displays and poinsettia.

Build-a-bear or a gingerbread house, attend a concert, join in on a Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt, treat yourself to a delicious Sugarplum Hot Chocolate, take a stroll through the atrium and admire the 9 decorated Christmas Trees, solve puzzles and clues in the family escape room or....the list is endless!

Prior to the opening of ICE! 36 truckloads of blocks of ice are shipped in from the ice factory.

A troupe of talented artisans from Harbin, Northeast China, leave below freezing temperatures and icy Siberian winds to bask in the sunshine and heat of Florida. They hand carve two million pounds of ice to construct intricate creations that are a sight to behold.

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Gaylord Palms Christmas Events 2019

ICE! Featuring The Polar Express

The Gaylord Palms theme for 2019 ICE! is The Polar Express. Take a magical journey through this Christmas classic to the North Pole, while learning about friendship, bravery and the true spirit of Christmas.ICE! Polar Express Gaylord Palms 2019 Events

There will be over 10 scenes from this classic tale carved from 2 million pounds of ice.

Gaylord Christmas Events include:

  • Elf Training Academy - Experience a day in the life of one of Santa’s toy makers.
  • Visit the Frostbite Factory to see the amazing carvings being created before your eyes by ice masters from Harbin, China.
  • Hurtle down five 2-story ice slides or an 8 lane tubing hill,
  • Wander through the ice sculptures and celebrate other cultures and holiday themes.
  • It wouldn't be Christmas without Santa Claus and his elves. Pay them a visit at the North Pole. He'll be more than happy to have his photo taken with you.
  • Find out how good your aim is at Santa's Snow Throw using real snowballs.
  • Along with the snow tubing and ice slides, there is also a traditional Nativity scene carved from crystal clear ice.
  • Breakfast with Santas's Official Scout Elves
  • Join Mrs Claus for festive singing/
  • Check out Christmas Tree Trail in the Everglades Atrium.

Tickets start at $28.99 for adults for advance online purchases.
Seniors start at $26.99 and children 4-12 start at $14.99.
Children 3 and under are free.
Additional parking fee of $20 is charged.

There are various combo tickets for Gaylord Palms Christmas events and ICE! available: ICE! Tickets

Dreams of christmas Atrium Light Show

A spectacular multi sensory experience. Dreams of Christmas will take you on a journey of Holidays around the world accompanied by music. Over 2 million choreographed lights dance and sparkle around the incredible six-story Christmas tree which towers above Emerald Bay Plaza.

Gaylord Palms Christmas - Joyful

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The elf on the shelf character breakfast

Head over to the atrium for a Christmas breakfast with Santa's Official Scout Elves. The delicious buffet will suit the whole family and includes classic breakfast favorites complete with a chef-attended cooking station.

Times and Dates:
8:00am - 10:30am on 11/16-11/21, 11/23-11/25, 11/30-12/2, 12/7-12/9 and 12/14-1/6.
Prices are $34 per adult and $23 per child (ages 4-12). Doesn't include tax or gratuity.
For Reservations call 407-586-1114 or book online.

Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show

Cirque Dreams brings to Gaylord Palms Christmas a 25 minute family show featuring colorful seasonal characters in dazzling costumes. Performing on the stage or in the air, their incredible feats will make you gasp in wonder.

The show takes place on the Emerald Bay Stage and seating is on a first come first served basis, free to everyone visiting Gaylord Palms Christmas events.

Gaylord Palms Christmas - Cirque Dreams
Guaranteed seating is available from $11.99 (ages 4-11) and $15.99 for 12 years old and upward. Ticket Info

Two shows daily at 1pm and 6:30pm. Additional showtime of 8:00pm on Saturdays. There is no performance on Thanksgiving.

Alpine Rush Snow Tubing

Head over to Alpine Village and race down an eight-lane, 18 foot tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of REAL SNOW!

Where else can you experience that in Florida? You can even try your hand at snowball throwing. Use real snowballs to hit a series of targets.

Galord Palms Christmas - Alpine Tubing

Double riding tubes are available for parents with small children. Fun for all the family.
Height restrictions apply: you must be 36" tall to ride with an adult on a double tube, 42" to ride on a small single tube and 60" to ride on a large single tube.

Advance purchase available for $18.99 per person. Slopes open 10am to 9pm.

Photos with Santa

Santa Claus will be in attendance to hear your wish list for Christmas.

Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions and Story Time Sing-a-long

Mrs. Claus will host a 30 minute Christmas carols sing-a-long and reading of the holiday classic ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Feeling peckish? Enjoy some of her famous freshly baked cookies and a glass of chilled milk.
Cost is $12.99 per person.

Times and Dates:
Vary but can be seen on the purchase ticket calendar.

Sugary Sweet Storytime

Tells the story of “The Nutcracker” in an interactive show led by the Sugarplum Fairy. The experience includes a delicious cup of Sugarplum Hot Chocolate presented in a festive souvenir mug.

Tickets are $15.99 per person. Time: 7:30pm and 8:15pm nightly

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

A favorite Christmas tradition for many. Decorate a delicious gingerbread cookie with your own unique design or create a whole gingerbread house.

Gaylord Palms Christmas - Gingerbread decorating

After completing your delicious decoration, meet up with a real gingerbread man for a hug and photo opportunity. Gingerbread Decorating can be found in the Alpine Village Sweet Shop.

Price: Gingerbread House Kit $29.99
Times and Dates:
Daily 10am - 6pm.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop®

Alpine Village is home to the Build-A-Bear Workshop where kids can create the furry friend of a lifetime.

The secret Santa Scavenger Hunt

Sign up for Santa’s Secret Service and use your Santa’s Secret Service Decoder Ring to unravel the clues inside the Scavenger Hunt booklet. Search for and discover Christmas clues hidden in the Gaylord Palms atrium. Once you've broken the code, you'll earn your Santa’s Secret Service badge.

Scavenger Hunt costs $11.99 per booklet.

Naughty or Nice Escape Room

That mischievous Jack Frost has moved everyone over to the Naughty List. You'll need to follow clues and solve puzzles to get back on to the Nice List.

Tickets are $16.99 per person.

Reindeer Express Post Office

Get your Christmas list ready to send off to Santa in this interactive and immersive experience.

Sounds of The Seasons Concert Series

Special fun and festive concerts. Artists usually include favorite local bands, performers and singers who will bring you the Sounds of the Season.

VoicePlay have been confirmed for December 19th 2019 at 8.15pm.
Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation and video entertainment brand.

General admission tickets are $35. VIP seating is $55. Entrance to ICE! is included in the ticket price. Ticket Info.

Christmas Tree Trail

This magical display in the Everglades Atrium features 9 magnificent trees. Each one has been decorated by Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s chief Christmas Tree Decorator. He's added a unique theme to each one.

Three Kings Festival

This special commemoration of the extended holiday season returns. The event celebrates Christians in Spain and Latin America honoring the Three Wise Men and their visit to meet baby Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. Special activities include a musical show “The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos”. Plus there will be special food and beverage options.

The Three Kings Festival will run from December 27th through January 5th 2020.

If you happen to be around Orlando for Thanksgiving, Gaylord Palms have at least two  restaurants featuring special menus for Thanksgiving Dinner.

There are several dining options at Gaylord Palms, so you can make a whole day of it. Park up, take in the sights and enjoy.

If you're coming for Christmas at Walt Disney World, we'd love to welcome you to our Orlando accommodation.
Check out how we decorate our homes for Christmas.

Christmas at Walt Disney World #DisneyChristmas #DisneyHolidays

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