Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ICE at the Gaylord Texan

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That’s what I needed today!!!!

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Today I took my GRANDS, daughter-in-law, & her mother to Grapevine Texas to The Gaylord Texan Hotel where they once again were hosting the amazing display called ICE.

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The hotel is HUGE! With rooms soaring into the glass topped ceiling. ICE takes place every year between Thanksgiving & New Years. Millions of pounds of ice is made. And 41 ice carving artists are brought in from China to carve & create a frozen wonderland. I had taken the oldest GRAND twice before. Once before his brother was born & once 2 years ago (but, his brother & mother missed the family event because the little one was sick). Go HERE to see the display from that year. That years theme was candy & all sorts of sweets. This year the theme was…

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!!!

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You have to have gloves, hats, & the hotel even provided bright BLUE parka’s because of the COLD temperatures. They keep this huge tented area a COLD 9 degrees with fans running to move the air so the ice won’t melt. Let’s look at some more of this amazing ART! collage 1 The size of these figures were well above my 6 foot tall self!collage 2 Imagine millions of pounds of ice… Chipping, carving, melting, molding this into Charlie & his friends.DSC03199

DSC03206 Brick walls constructed. This one was probably 4 feet tall.DSC03203 A HUGE RED fence with wreathes for photo ops. The size of these are so much bigger than you would think. The GRAND on the right is 10 years old so you can see the scale of this.DSC03211 This is 5 ICE SLIDES with ICE block walls with Charlie Brown & his megaphone smiles over the fun & Charlie Brown Christmas music is playing over loud speakers. Do you LOVE the LED lights imbedded into the ice?collage 3 DSC03225

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Linus & his Blankie.DSC03229 DSC03232

This scene of Charlie Brown & his piano was huge & with that scraggly Christmas tree on the piano so silly!DSC03233

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Snoopy’s house was actually a house that you could crawl through. Adults included. AMAZING! DSC03238

I LOVE the look of the lights with an actual light inside.

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Again I ADORE the lights on the tree & the POPCORN! Can you imagine carving this popcorn chain?collage 6

In the photo above with Snoopy you see the blue colored wall with the lights? It’s a cave like tunnel running into the very last part of the display.DSC03247

Leading down to large candelabra's with LED lights inside.DSC03248

To come upon the angel looking towards...DSC03250

A darkened room of CLEAR ICE carved into a nativity.DSC03253

As a voice starts reading the Christmas story of DSC03256 DSC03255

Mary & Joseph with their child in the manger, the lights start spotlighting each figure.DSC03257

Sheppard's & Wisemen.DSC03258

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Breathtaking Beauty in the Greatest Story Ever Told.

I hope you have enjoyed this post & will come back soon for the continuation of the trip to The Gaylord. I will share an amazing GINGERBREAD HOUSE made from a ton of candy & marshmallow's. And a train display every sized kid (big & small) could ever want. In fact… The GRANDS have a list of “stuff” for Bop Bop to build.

HUGS! Charlene

15 comments:

Sandy Navarro said...

OMG! I love how they used so much color this year. And the lights inside the ice; fantastic! But the clear scupltures are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for taking me w/you on this amazing day! I was in the back seat w/the kidos but I swore them to secrecy! LOL

Love ya!

The French Bear said...

Charlene, how fabulous was that!!! Looks like you all had a great time, love to spend time with family over the holidays. wishing you love and joy and lots of good things in the New Year!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Debby at Romancing The Bling said...

OMG...Sandy took the words out of my mouth!!! How amazing is this and thank you for sharing! I just can't imagine the time and craftsmanship involved in creating all the ice sculturing!
I agree, the Manager scene must have been breathtaking!

Deb
oxox

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

WOW! What great work. Glad you all had a good time.
Hugs, Pat

Riki Schumacher said...

Love the sights! Can't wait for the gingerbread house. So much fun for the family, hugs, Riki

Maija said...

I LOVED this post!! What a wonderful tour! Thanks Charlene! Vie never seen anything like it.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is so beautiful!!! You must have had a wonderful time...Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
XO

Nan said...

Amazing. They do an ice show up in Fairbanks outside of course in that climate, but I don't think they painted the ice like this, have never seen such sculptures as these. Thanks for posting.

julie Haymaker thompson said...

I am thinging koolaid when all that colored ice melts > Amazing show

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

I just love to go to the Gaylord ~ It
is soooo gorgeous and especially gorgeous
at Christmas!!

mo said...

Hi Charlene, Wow! Thank you so much for taking all of us to a wonderful winterland of ice. Here in the desert we do not have anything like that (that I know of). What a wonderful treasure for your grandchildren. They will forever treasure these memories with you. (I love the slide) *hugs*

Miss Sandy said...

Amazing! What a wonderful treat for your grands!

Leaping Frog Design's said...

Oh Goodness...This looks like so much fun!!! Thank you for sharing...We don't get cold enough out here in Oregon for ice like this...Simply amazing.

Feathers and Flight said...

Oh my Goodness Charlene! This place is Amazing! It Looks like you all had so much Fun! Hope your Christmas was Wonderful! I Am looking Forward to the Coming Year and getting to know you Better!
Thank you for your Always Sweet Comments! You Make my Day Always!
Happy Wednesday Dear Friend!
Hugs
Jill

Karen said...

OMG! How awesome is this? I have always loved all the Charlie Brown characters - so this was great. But I do think the Nativity was my very favorite. Cannot wait to see the gingerbread house! I am amazed at how they've incorporated all the colors!
LOVED THIS!
Hugs! Karen

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