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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street · National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA

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Don't miss everything there is to see and do at the Gaylord National Resort. There's no better way to celebrate the season!

You'll Be Mesmerized

Spectacular Décor

Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend of the entire resort! You’ll be mesmerized by our Christmas decorations, including more than two million lights that illuminate our soaring, glass atrium and outdoor garden areas.


Sounds & Songs of Christmas

Enjoy both modern and classical Christmas carols synchronized to our fountain show. Be amazed as it snows inside our 72 degree atrium. Nightly at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. In the Lower Atrium (Free)


Nightly Indoor Snowfall

It's always 72 degrees in our atrium, but you won't believe your eyes as it snows inside! A "must-see" during our Christmas celebration – a delightful indoor flurry occurs nightly as part of the Atrium fountain shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. (free).

Holiday Dining

The resort offers guests three full-service restaurants, four bars, two grab n’ go coffee shops, as well as special holiday menus. Leave the cooking to us and enjoy your Thanksgiving and Christmas!


  • Brunch with Santa at Old Hickory Steakhouse
  • Gaylord National’s Gourmet Holiday Experience: The Art of Chocolate
  • Thanksgiving Family Fest at Pose Rooftop Lounge
  • Pienza’s Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet
  • Old Hickory’s Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu
  • Christmas Family Feast at Pose Rooftop Lounge
  • Pienza’s Christmas Day Grand Buffet
  • Old Hickory’s Christmas Day Prix Fixe menu


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Photos with Santa

November 21 – December 24, 2015


Tell Santa what you want for Christmas and get a special keepsake photo. But hurry, he's only here thru December 24th!


Monday-Friday: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

November 26-27, December 21-23: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

December 24: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Photo packages start at $25 plus sales tax (photo purchase required to meet Santa)

Location: Lower Atrium

Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by PEEPS®

This fun, sticky, interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter! Choose from two different design options to create either a delectable gingerbread cookie family or a complete gingerbread house. After you've decorated to your heart's content, make your way to meet our gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

Potomac Express Miniature Train Ride

Kids will love taking a ride aboard our miniature train! Open daily. 

Pricing: $3 per ride or three (3) rides for $5.


Open Daily


November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016


Monday – Thursday & Nov. 21: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday & Dec. 21–24, Dec. 27–Jan. 2: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays & Dec. 25: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 & Jan. 3: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Family Kit: $35.95
House Kit: $49.95


Price does not include Sales Tax

Monday – Friday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 21: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
November 22, 29; December 6, 13 & 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Location: Lower Atrium

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Character Dining Experience

November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Price: Adult (ages 12+) $29.95*
Child (ages 3-11) $19.95*
Free for kids ages 2 and under when accompanied by and paying adult.

Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Pienza (Lower Atrium Level)

Reservations Recommended. 301-965-4000

*Subject to sales tax and gratuity

The Elf on the Shelf ® Scavenger Hunt

Calling all families: The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves need your help! Ten of Santa’s special scout elf helpers have landed at Gaylord National, but they won’t be able to fly to the North Pole until they have a name. Will you help find the scout elves hiding around the resort, solve puzzles and reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa? All families that help the scout elves fulfill their special Christmas mission will receive a prize.

Dates: November 21st, 2015 – January 3rd, 2016

Price: FREE


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Seasonal Spa Treatments

Celebrate the holidays and pamper yourself with these very merry spa treatments for men and women at Gaylord National’s very own Relâche Spa. No matter your choice, these treatments are pure bliss.


Spa gift certificates also make great stocking stuffers! Purchase Your Relâche Spa Gift Card Today!

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