I am the one everyone hates – the one that can’t wait to start celebrating Christmas until Thanksgiving is over. It’s the most magical, and super fun time of the year, to enjoy all the activities and experiences that come with it.
On November 15th, I began my Christmas adventure (early) by heading to the Gaylord National Harbor to see it’s unbelievable decor (and the snowfall/light show), the ICE exhibit, as well as decorate a gingerbread house at a Dreamworks’-sponsored experience. Check out some of what I saw below. All events and activities run through to January 5th, so there’s plenty of time to see everything… or see it again!
Gaylord National Harbor Decor
I wish I had gotten pictures of the lobby – there isn’t one inch of this place that isn’t decorated in some Christmas decor. It might almost put “Santa’s” own (proverbial) home to shame. But the focal point of the Gaylord’s decor is their 60ft glass Christmas tree that is suspended upon their water displays. At night, it becomes the center of an incredible light show and from outside, serves as a work of art, from the Potomac River. Check out the video, below these pictures, for the light and snow show.
The real reason I decided to make the trek out there was to see the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ICE! Exhibit. Taking a crew of skilled Chinese ice artisans 30 days, they carefully sculpted around TWO MILLION POUNDS of colored ice into a larger-than-life version of the famed story book.
For those of you who have never been to this exhibit, WEAR LAYERS…everywhere. Nine degrees is cold – very cold. And, although they give you parkas, I had on a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, a coat AND the parka. Wear snow boots, if you plan on going down the ice slides (which I highly recommend). I’d also recommend bringing a real camera, as even touch-sensitive gloves for the iPhone freeze up.
Check out our pics and a video of the ice slide below.
Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating
After heading through a very Christmasy gift store, my friend and I headed upstairs to decorate a gingerbread house. It was then we were greeted with Gingy himself. To spare everyone the eyesore that was my side of the house, I’m only going to show what my friend was able to do with the candy he had. It was so good that other’s were stopping by to get ideas – even Gingy was impressed.
Of course, this led to me being SO in the Christmas spirit that I decided to be “that person” and decorate early.