Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is hosting Christmas on the Potomac again this season, with a range of experiences designed to expand your social network. The events, which are family-friendly, include Christmas-themed, Instagram-able pop-ups, workshops, and activities.
Outdoor activities include Snow Flow Mountain, a family-friendly indoor tubing experience. There’s also ice skating, and the Snowball Build and Blast–and indoor snowball-throwing challenge.
The Ice Bumper Cars are a new activity this year, and take riders on a circuit around the ice to bump and slide into each other. The course includes eight cars that use mechanics and propulsion to move back and forth, perfect for parents and kids over 42 inches tall. The activity is located outdoors in the Winter Square location, where guests can take in the views of the Potomac River and The Capital Wheel.
Other new activities this year include several additions to the annual event like holiday cooking classes, a festive desserts shop, and a Christmas-themed pop-up bar. There are also seasonal spa treatments and scavenger hunts.
Replay Rooftop, the ’80s themed pop-up bar, is serving holiday milkshakes and cocktails that pair perfectly with the aesthetic. Gaylord National’s resort chef leads the interactive Holiday Hosting 101 cooking class, where you can enjoy a drink as you learn how to cook three different types of hors d’oeuvres. Other dining options include The Old Hickory Steakhouse, which is serving a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring a holiday version of the meal for December 24 and 25.
Another new addition to this year’s activities is the #LIT Lightshow, in which the 55-foot suspended Starlight Christmas tree makes decorating an immersive experience with lights, lasers, and music.
“I Love Christmas Movies” is Gaylord National’s new, “multi-sensory experience” that lets you catch up on the best moments from Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and The Year Without a Santa Claus. Each of the 13 scenes is a fully immersive experience with prop replicas and audio taking place in a themed pop-up.
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