ICE at the Gaylord National Resort – National Harbor, Maryland is created from over 5,000 blocks of ice weighing over 2 million pounds. As quoted from this website, the artisans are from “Harbin, China – a city in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province that is world-famous for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival. Every winter, more than 2,000 sculpture artists carve a massive, 100-acre walk-through Ice Park and a full-size Ice City from blocks of ice taken from the nearby Songhua River.”
The display at National Harbor is a quite “cool” 9 degrees and requires you to bundle up while you ooh and ah over the sculptors artistry. The highlights were the ice slide and a huge ice angel!
We followed the ICE show with dinner at “Grace’s Mandarin” Chinese restaurant with impressive views of the harbor.
In addition to the ICE show, we walked through the Gaylord National Resort Hotel which is an adventure in and of itself! The indoor atrium features a 60 foot tall Christmas tree and includes a nightly tree lighting ceremony complete with indoor snowfall.