It’s called Christmas on the Potomac and the featured attractions include a 60 foot glass Christmas tree, indoor snowfall, a firework display, and dazzling fountains, but the real attraction to see at Gaylord National located at National Harbor Maryland, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., is the ice sculpture display that recreates favorite characters from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Inside the tent, a chilly nine degrees keeps the sculptures crafted by Chinese sculptors from two million pounds of ice, safely frozen for continued viewing. Everyone visiting must wear specially insulated blue parkas during their visit to keep warm. As they walk through multiple halls, they can gaze on the Grinch, and Max the dog, along with other favorite Seuss characters that include some of the residents of Who-ville. Also part of the experience, as you queue in line, is the exhibit of “The Art of Seuss” that showcases lithographs, seriographs and sculptures from original drawings and paintings by Dr. Seuss who’s real name was Theodore Geisel.
There are many numerous other events going on at The Gaylord National, including special breakfast and brunch events as well as a musical dinner show, but the main attraction for visitors and hotel guests is the Ice Show where you can slide down an ice slide and see 10 scenes inspired by Dr. Seuss along with a final scene celebrating the birth of Jesus. Particularly appropriate for young children and their parents or grandparents, it is recommended that you buy your ice tickets in advance online. Prices range from $24-29 for adults and $13-18 for children. Kids under three are free and further discounts apply to seniors and military. Go online to http://www.wefrozethegrinch.com for more information or call 301-965-4000. Line are probably long during weekend prime time hours, so you may want to consider a weekday visit.