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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street · National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA

Christmas on the Potomac

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Don't miss everything there is to see and do during the holidays at Gaylord National Resort. There's no better way to celebrate the season than experiencing Christmas events for the entire family in National Harbor.

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Note: All content contained in this site was valid for this past 2016 holiday season.

You'll Be Mesmerized

Spectacular Décor
Enjoy the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations. With thousands of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over our indoor garden atrium, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer.

NEW: Very Merry Atrium Show 
Enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch our Atrium come to life with leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights – all dancing in perfect unison! The magic continues as snow flurries fall inside our 19-story atrium as past of this must-see very merry show.

Please be advised there are strobe lights used in this show. Shows subject to cancellation at any time.

Shows begin at 6pm and 8pm nightly in the Lower Atrium Level. (Free)

NEW: Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show 
Both young and old will rock along with our contemporary Christmas show. Watch while the atrium comes alive with our Starlight tree, 60-feet high water jets, indoor snowfall and a kaleidoscope of laser lights illuminate the sky for the ultimate Christmas Spectacular.

Shows begin at 7pm and 9pm nightly in the Lower Atrium Level. (Free)

NEW: Christmas Village

Step inside our enchanting Christmas village and discover a winter wonderland filled with magical Christmas fun for the whole family. Stroll through our Christmas Shoppe, take a turn on our Carousel and Teacup rides, create a yummy masterpiece at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner or create a new friend at our Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Get your parka and enter our world-famous ICE!® attraction featuring Christmas Around the World and then warm up with some yummy hot chocolate.

Entrance to The NEW Christmas Village is free with ticketed events and attractions inside.

Holiday Dining

The resort offers delicious dining options for guests including three full-service restaurants, four bars, a grab n’ go coffee shop, as well as special holiday events and menus including Thanksgiving and Christmas!

The following events are ON SALE NOW:

  • Pienza’s Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet
  • Old Hickory’s Thanksgiving Day Prix-Fixe Menu
  • Pienza’s Christmas Day Grand Buffet
  • Old Hickory’s Christmas Day Prix-Fixe menu


***ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED***

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NEW: Cask & Cocoa: International Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Chocolate and wine lovers can experience the best of both worlds during this unique interactive tasting experience led by our Resort Pastry Chef and restaurant Sommelier. Enjoy three curated red-wines from different regions of the world paired with a variety of gourmet chocolates. Guests of this exclusive experience will also enjoy artisanal hot chocolate infused with Jackson Morgan’s Salted Carmel Southern Cream.

Available:
December 3, 11, 17, 22-30

Seating times: 2:30pm until 3:45pm

Price: Adult admission $24.99 plus tax and gratuity.
Limited availability and you must be age 21+ with a valid government issued horizontal ID to participate in this exclusive experience. Pre-purchase recommended as seating is limited. Resort credit cannot be used for this experience.

Location: Belvedere Lobby Bar
 

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Photos with Santa

November 19 – December 24, 2016
Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Available thru December 24th only!

Time & Dates:
10 am – 3 pm | Dec. 4
10 am – 7 pm | Nov. 20, 27; Dec. 11, 23
10 am – 9 pm | Nov. 19, 25-26; Dec. 2-3, 10, 17–22, 24
1 pm – 8 pm | Nov. 21–24, 28-30; Dec. 1, 8-9, 12-16
(Closed December 5-7)

Price: Photo packages start at $29.95 plus sales tax
Location: Outside of the NEW Christmas Village

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater!

Open Daily November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017
(Closed: December 5-7)

Times & Dates:
10 am – 3 pm | Dec. 4
10 am – 5 pm | Dec. 31; Jan. 1
10 am – 7 pm | Nov. 20, 27; Dec. 11, 23, 25
10 am – 9 pm | Nov. 19, 25-26; Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16–22, 24, 26-30
1 pm – 8 pm | Nov. 21–24, 28-30; Dec. 1, 8, 12-15
 

Price:
Sugar Cookie Ugly Sweater Kit: $30.95
Gingerbread Sleigh Kit: $35.95
Gingerbread House Kit: $39.95

Price does not include sales tax

Location: Christmas Village 


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The Elf on the Shelf ® Scavenger Hunt

The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize.

November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017
(Closed: December 5-7)

Price: $9.95 plus tax

Location: Purchase Scavenger Hunt booklet at ICE! Retail Store; clues located throughout the hotel.

The Elf on the Shelf® and © CCA and B, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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Potomac Express Miniature Train Ride

Kids can take a lap through the “Holiday Atrium” on our adorable train ride! Riders must be aged 12 or younger to ride.

Open Daily November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (Closed: December 5-7)

Available:
November 19, 21-24, 28; December 1, 8, 12-15: 1pm to 8pm
November 20, 27; December 11, 23, 25: 10am to 7pm
November 25-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-22, 24, 26-30: 10am to 9pm
December 4: 10am to 3pm
December 31 – January 1: 10am to 5pm
Closed: December 5-7

Price: $5 per ride (tax included)

Location: Holiday Atrium

Build-A-Bear Workshop®

It’s the most fun you’ll ever make! Choose from all kinds of furry friends, add lots of stuffing and make a wish on a heart. Let your imagination soar and create your story at our exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop at Gaylord National!

November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (Closed: December 5-7)

Available:
November 19, 21-24, 28; December 1, 8, 12-15: 1pm to 8pm
November 20, 27; December 11, 23, 25: 10am to 7pm
November 25-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-22, 24, 26-30: 10am to 9pm
December 4: 10am to 3pm
December 31 – January 1: 10am to 5pm
Closed: December 5-7

Price:
Prices vary depending on product

Location: Christmas Village

© & ® Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends

Breakfast is served! This one-of-a-kind, interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola. Plus, you’ll get to hang out with the Peanuts gang when you enjoy tableside visits from Lucy and Charlie Brown.

Dates: November 19-20, 25-27; December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 22-31
Seating times: 8am - 11:30am
Price: Adults $39.99* | Child $26.99*
Location: Pienza

Noerr Photography Pricing:

$20 – Folder with stock photo and (1) 6x8
Add-ons:
$15 – 2nd folder with stock photo and (1) 6x8
$10 – (2) 4x6
$10 – (4) Wallets
$10 – Digital Upload

All Inclusive Package - $89.99*
Includes all Photos taken by Noerr at Gaylord Resort burned on a Flash Drive. To be purchased through Gaylord at time of reservation or onsite at any Noerr location.

*Subject to tax, service and gratuity
Peanuts © Peanuts Worldwide LLC


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Christmas Carousel & Attractions

November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (Closed: December 5-7)

Get in the holiday spirit with a spin on this timeless family–favorite activity and other attractions.

Available:
November 19, 21-24, 28; December 1, 8, 12-15: 1pm to 8pm

November 20, 27; December 11, 23, 25: 10am to 7pm

November 25-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-22, 24, 26-30: 10am to 9pm

December 4: 10am to 3pm

December 31 – January 1: 10am to 5pm

Price: $5 for both children and adults

Location: Christmas Village

Riders must be 42” or taller to ride unaccompanied. All accompanying adults must have a purchased ticket.

Scout Patches

NOW until January 1, 2017 
Scouts in uniform will also receive a limited time ICE! patch during normal operating at our ICE!
Concierge while supplies lasts!

Learn more about all offers for Scouts

New: Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Join Mrs. Claus for cookies as she reads the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa’s favorite lady.

November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Closed December 5-7
Location: Christmas Village

Times & Dates:
10 am – 3 pm | Dec. 4
10 am – 5 pm | Dec. 31-Jan. 1
10 am – 7 pm | Dec. 11, 25
10 am – 9 pm | Nov. 19-20, 25-27; Dec. 3, 10, 17-24, 26-30
1 pm – 8 pm | Nov. 23-24
5 pm – 8 pm | Nov. 21-22, 28-30; Dec. 1, 8, 12-15
5 pm – 9 pm | Dec. 2, 9, 16

Show times start on the hour, every hour. Doors will be open approximately 5-10 minutes before show time. Approximately a 45-minute experience. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price:

  • $19.99 per child (4 and over) and $5 for the required accompanied adult.
  • Ages 3 and under are free with a full price paid adult of $19.99. All children must have an accompanying adult.

Guest should notify staff of any food/milk allergies at time of booking or in advance of entry. Milk provided by Keany Produce.


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Seasonal Spa Treatments

Celebrate the holidays and pamper yourself with very merry spa treatments for men and women at Gaylord National’s very own Relâche Spa.

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