Santa Claus “freezes” in Grapevine

The ICE! tradition continues at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. Once a year a group of artists arrive from Harbin, China to transform 20 millions pounds of ice into impressive characters.

The majority of the work takes place before the exhibit opens as the sculptures are prepared for the show. It also takes quite a bit of work to maintain the sculptures in pristine condition. In order to make these pieces as realistic as possible, three different types of ice are used. Most of the characters are made using both white and colored ice. The nativity and angel at the end are formed using clear, “crystal” ice.  

This year the theme is Santa Claus is Coming’ To Town complete with toys for all of the children. The walk through concludes with a breath taking crystal clear scene. This scene depicts a larger-than-life nativity and all who were present at that historical moment.

Take a ride down the ice slide for a chilly good time! It is a chilly 9 degrees in the exhibit but you can warm back up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate and gourmet cupcakes. Parkas are provided, but you need to bring gloves, scarf and ear covers to stay comfortable.

Other cool things to enjoy are:

  • On the Blocks ICE! Bar 
  • Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing
  • Photos with Santa
  • Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus
  • The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt
  • Glacier Glide Ice Skating
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast
  • ICE! Meet and Greet
  • Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop

The lobby is a great place to take a variety of Christmas photos.  The atrium is filled with twinkling lights and giant Christmas trees, ornaments and more. Take a break from all the activities at one of the bars will you listen to some relaxing music.  

Special room rates are offered that include ICE! tickets are more.  Check it out!


Gaylord Texan
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051


Combining my love of writing and live theater I began publishing with in 2009. Since that time I have expanded my contributions to numerous forms of live entertainment, film and much more. In July of 2016 shut down their website. I decided to continue exploring and sharing my adventures through my own blogging site. Becoming a resource for my audience seeking entertainment options in the DFW area is a top priority.

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