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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street · National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA

Christmas on the Potomac

More Activities and Events

Don't miss everything there is to see and do during the holidays at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. There's no better way to celebrate the season than experiencing our array of Christmas events and shows.

For tickets & information: +1-301-965-4000

Hours of Operation: Vary by day and subject to change. Event times and ticketing options are listed by day on purchase tickets calendar

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You'll Be Mesmerized

Nightly Atrium Tree Lighting
Our atrium comes to life with an extravaganza that heralds the arrival of nightfall. Kick off the holidays and enjoy the classic Christmas music, laser light shows and a dancing fountain that shoots 60-feet high.

Indoor Snowfall
A delightful indoor flurry occurs every night along Snowfall Lane in the atrium. It's a must-see show for travelers of all ages.

NEW: JOY – A Holiday Spectacular Atrium Show

Join the Gaylord National Singers as our atrium transforms into a starlit musical experience. The rich harmonies of classic and modern songs create a musical tapestry that celebrates the joy of this incredible time of year. Special seating is available for purchased ticket holders only.

November 18 – December 31, 2017

Location: Lower Atrium

Price: From $11.99* per person (all ages); From $9.99* Military per person (all ages)

Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.


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Christmas Village

Step inside our enchanting Christmas Village and discover a winter wonderland filled with magical fun for the whole family. This year experience our new Glacier Glide Ice Skating, stroll through our Christmas Shoppe, take a turn on our Carousel and Miniature Train rides, create a yummy masterpiece at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, or find a new friend at our Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Get your parka and enter our world-famous ICE!® attraction featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and then warm up with some yummy hot chocolate.

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

Photos with Santa

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.

November 18 – December 24, 2017

Location: Christmas Village

Price: From $30* may vary depending on package and/or photos selected

Time: Same operating hours as ICE!

Holiday Dining

Our National Harbor resort offers delicious dining options for guests including three full-service restaurants, four bars and a grab n’ go coffee shop. Our resort also features special holiday dining events and menus during the Christmas season.


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Mistletoe Mixology at Belvedere Lobby Lounge 

Step up your holiday hosting this season with tips and tricks from our expert mixologist. As part of this 90-minute hands-on class, you will learn the basics of cocktail making, and create three unique holiday cocktails. Our resort chef will also teach you how to pair hors d’oeuvres to compliment your holiday libations. Attendees of this class must be 21 years old and will receive a take-home gift as part of the experience.
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Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition. Select from one of our gingerbread kits to create your own delicious masterpiece. Afterwards, be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg, our very own Gingerbread Man.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Location: Christmas Village

Price: $30* Gingerbread Family Kit | $39* Gingerbread House Kit

Time: Open Daily, ticket valid anytime during normal operating hours, which are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt

Santa has recruited Gaylord Hotels’ Polar Bear, Snowburst and his bear buddies to ensure Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is festively decorated with holiday cheer. And once the decorations are in place, the bears kick back inside the resort for a fun n’ festive holiday hangout. Can you track down all of these hard-working holiday bears?

 

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018 

Location: Purchase Scavenger Hunt booklet at Christmas Village

Price: $9.95* per person (all ages)

Time: Booklets can be purchased online or at the Christmas Village during operating hours, which are listed on purchase tickets calendar. Complete at your own leisure.


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NEW! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast

Santa’s reindeer loved him, and so will you. Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends, Clarice and Bumble, at our new holiday dining event guaranteed to go down in history. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast, play games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. It’s an experience sure to make you shout out with glee.

November 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017 (Saturdays, Sundays and select dates)

Location: Pienza Restaurant

Price: $26.99* Children (4-11) | $39.99* Adults

Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

Professional photo packages available


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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 Resort & Convention Center.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Location: Christmas Village

Price: May vary depending on item selected.

Time: Same operating hours as the Christmas Village and ICE!

Potomac Express Train Ride

Kids will love taking a ride on our miniature holiday train as it goes through our beautiful Christmas village.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Location: Christmas Village

Price: $4.99 per ride (tax included)

Time: Same operating hours as the Christmas Village and ICE!


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Christmas Carousel

Get in the holiday spirit with a spin on this timeless family-friendly activity.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location:
Christmas Village
Price: $4.99 per ride (tax included) | Ages 11 and younger
Time: Open Daily, ticket valid anytime during normal operating hours, which are listed on purchase tickets calendar.

The carousel is designed for kids 11 years old and younger. Children must be able to ride the horse independently. Adult may stand with child.


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Cookies with Mrs. Claus

After sightseeing in Washington, D.C., visit the jolliest hostess of all, Mrs. Claus. Delight in the reading of a holiday classic, and enjoy a batch of Mrs. Claus’ world-famous cookies with ice cold milk. Afterward, kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa’s favorite gal.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Location: Christmas Village

Price: $14.99* Children (all ages) | $5* extra for accompanying adult of children 4 and up

Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar. Doors will be open approximately 10 minutes before show time. Approximately a 45-minute experience.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should notify staff of any food/milk allergies at time of booking or in advance of entry.


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Glacier Glide Ice Skating

Practice your perfect figure eights on our indoor ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can glide along surrounded by our scenic Christmas village.

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018 
Location: Christmas Village 
Price: $16.99* per person (all ages)
(Price includes skate rentals)
Time: Vary by day, options are listed on purchase tickets calendar.


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Seasonal Spa Treatments

Celebrate the holidays and pamper yourself with very merry spa treatments at our very own Relâche Spa.

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*Pricing is based on child (ages 4-12) and adult (ages 13+), unless otherwise noted. Subject to tax and service fee. Payment is non-refundable. Children 3 years old and under are free with a paying adult.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all related elements © & ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC. All rights reserved.
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