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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

1501 Gaylord Trail · Grapevine, Texas 76051 USA

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ICE!™ featuring The Nutcracker

November 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Location: Convention Center Hall A & B

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Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than 2 MILLION POUNDS of hand-carved ice sculptures and slides! Relive your favorite scenes from the classic ballet, accompanied by the original Tchaikovsky score and featuring thrilling rides down our most extravagant slides ever!

New for 2013, enjoy an interactive bonus ice area that transports families to the iconic holiday sights and sounds of New York City.

Your awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder of the Nativity in ice.

The award-winning ICE! attraction presented by Lexus, MetroPCS and Pepsi is carved by a team of 40 master ice artisans from Harbin, China. These talented craftspeople spend more than a month in Grapevine creating our one-of-a-kind display. Harbin, known as the "ice city" of China, hosts the famed International Ice and Snow Festival annually, where more than 2,000 sculptors carve a 100-acre walk-through ice park using ice from the nearby Songhua River.

Gaylord Texan ICE! featuring The Nutcracker Calendar

To help you plan your visit to ICE!, check out the calendar to view peak and non-peak times.

View Calendar

Note: Times displayed in the calendar are start times and may have multiple showings throughout the day. Additional event details, including ticketing options, are displayed after clicking on the individual event name.

ICE! Fast Pass

Price: $15* per person plus tax and handling fee

Fast Pass Includes:

  • Front of line access
  • A character meet and greet with Nutcracker or Ballerina character
  • Hot cocoa
  • 3D glasses

*All prices subject to sales tax plus $1 transaction fee per ticket.

ICE! VIP Guided Tours

Price: $99* per person ($125 value)

Reservations: Call 817-778-2000 to book. Must call 48 hours in advance to request time.

Availability: Sunday through Friday. Excludes Saturday. Subject to availability.

Tour Participation: 2 person minimum. 10 person maximum.

Tour Includes:

  • Fast Pass instant access ICE! ticket
  • Guided Tour through attraction and behind the scenes look at ICE!
  • Meet and Greet/Q&A with a Chinese Artisan
  • One free hot chocolate per participant
  • ICE! Deluxe Photography Package (includes stock photos of each scene)
  • Souvenir ICE! ornament

*All prices subject to sales tax plus $1 transaction fee per ticket.


Marriott Rewards Member Offer — Discount on ICE! Tickets!

Save 20%*

Refer to promo code: MRICE13

Discount available: November 14 – December 16, 2013, excluding all Saturdays, November 29 and December 1.


Adults (ages 13-55): $29.95; Seniors (ages 55+): $26.95; Children (ages 4-12): $16.95; Children (ages 3 & under): Free

Military Adult (ages 13-55): $26.95**


Adults (ages 13-55): $21.95; Seniors (ages 55+): $19.95; Children (ages 4-12): $11.95; Children (ages 3 & under): Free

Military Adult (ages 13-55): $19.95**

ICE! / SNOW Combo Pricing

Adults (ages 13+): $39.95*; includes ICE! Ticket + 10 SNOW runs

Children (12 & under): $28.95*; includes ICE! + 10 SNOW runs

NOTE: No strollers allowed.

Group Pricing (20+)

Adults (ages 12+): $18.95*; Non Peak dates


*Not valid with any other offer or discount.

**Military tickets are available for active and retired military. Valid Military ID must be presented. Discount is available at Box Office only and cannot be combined with any other offers.

NOTE: Enjoy discounted ICE! tickets with advance purchase of Christmas Brunch.

ICE! Proposal Package

Propose to the special someone in the middle of ICE!

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Meet the Characters of ICE! featuring The Nutcracker

Dates: November 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Times: Monday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – close;
Friday - Sunday: 12 p.m. – close

Location: Exhibit Hall A/B

Price: $12

Come meet your favorite stars from this year's ICE! featuring The Nutcracker at this very special ICE! character meet & greet.

Special thanks to the Texas Ballet Theater for donating these beautiful costumes from The Nutcracker Ballet.

View our ICE! Highlights Video

Frequently Asked Questions

How is ICE! made?

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I understand ICE! is 9 degrees... What should I wear?

All guests are provided calf-length, hooded winter coats to keep them warm. Coats are available in all sizes, including children and infants. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Hats and gloves are recommended — and are available for purchase. Think Christmas morning in Alaska... and dress accordingly!

Do I need boots?

All pathways through the ICE! exhibit are carpeted, and boots are not required. We do recommend wearing comfortable, walking shoes. Shoes with a closed toe are required.

Is ICE! wheelchair and stroller accessible?

The ICE! attraction is accessible by wheelchairs, but strollers are not allowed.

May I take photos?

Guests are welcome to bring cameras and take photos inside the ICE! attraction. You can expect to experience a "fogging" of the lens when exiting from ICE! into warmer temperatures. This, however, usually goes away once the camera warms up. Please check the manufacturer information regarding the cold tolerance of your camera equipment. Gaylord Texan Resort is not responsible for damage to any camera equipment caused by the extreme cold temperature.

Pepsi and Pepsi Globe are registered trademarks of PepsiCo, Inc.

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