Make New Holiday Memories During Christmas at Gaylord Palms #CAGP15



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I am so excited to share that beginning November 24, Central Florida’s favorite holiday hub hidden under a 4.5 acre glass-enclosed snow globe comes to life during Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

Gleaming with more than two million twinkling lights and dripping with masterful décor, the resort exudes a warm welcome to guests wishing to celebrate both the traditional and modern sentiments of the season. From 2 million pounds of ice to 1.5 million pounds of snow, there is something for everyone during this blissful bundle of holiday fun. Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by The Noerr Programs is chockfull of signature events and sprinkled with new offerings which include Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, The Elf on The Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Cosmic Snow Tubing, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the anxiously awaited nightly Grand Snowfall.

ICE!® featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction. Guests walk through a chilly nine degrees as they experience the classic poem come to life in hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures. ICE!® presented by Pepsi will also feature four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!®

Everyone’s favorite wintery rush, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow is back by popular demand. On Friday and Saturday evenings the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.  

Not a thrill seeker? How about an elf seeker? The all new The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt ignites the inner sleuth and takes guests on a journey throughout the holiday-clad hotel. Participants will follow clues and scan the hotel to spot the 10 scout elves who have landed at Gaylord Palms. By solving puzzles and finding all of the elves, guests will reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa.

Once you have found the last scout elf, make your way over to the Emerald Bay Stage for the world premiere of the all-new Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Guests will be dazzled by an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats. Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is bringing the famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the first time in the company’s 22 years with this exclusive show. The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop is the perfect way to add a little more heart to the holidays. This interactive destination is a place where guests can create their very own personalized furry friends and will feature the same memorable experiences offered at other Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout the country. Choose from an exciting array of animals and characters, including faces featured in some of the season’s most popular movies. Watch them come to life at the signature stuffer and add accessories, clothing and more, including an exclusive, furry friend-sized “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” t-shirt to commemorate your visit.

The season’s hottest couple, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be a part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will take place in Santa’s Workshop located in Alpine Village and Mrs. Claus will be a part of the all-new Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at the award-winning Villa de Flora.

Alpine Village, the holiday attraction hub, will also feature the Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by PEEPS®, Snowy’s Snack Shack and holiday shopping galore.  

If that’s not enough, wander through the atrium’s lush gardens (over 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and watch as the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree comes to life every night during the famous tree lighting ceremony. Still haven’t had enough? Sit back and enjoy a nightly grand snowfall in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the resort’s grand atrium.

In addition to the holiday happenings, hotel guests can enjoy fish and alligator feedings, relax at Relâche Spa with themed-seasonal treatments, plunge into Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park and indulge in holiday dining at our nine delectable restaurants. Whether you enjoy a filet, fresh seafood, pasta or a burger – we guarantee there is something to whet your appetite.  

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016, including holidays. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

About Gaylord Hotels®

Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that affords endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National® on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md.; and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit

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About Cirque Dreams

Over 50 million people have experienced a Cirque Dreams show in theatres, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines, and on Broadway.  Now in its 22nd Year, Cirque Dreams shows have garnered the praise of critics around the country from USA Today, Associated Press and the New York Times to CNN, Today Show and Fox & Friends.  Producer and Director Neil Goldberg has been declared “One of today’s leading theatrical impresarios” by The LA Times and “Uniquely ingenious” by the New York Daily News. The Cirque Dreams franchise is a globally recognized entertainment brand including, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Rocks, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Cirque Dreams & Dinner onboard Norwegian Cruise Line.

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About Build-A-Bear

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is an interactive destination where guests of all ages can create personalized furry friends. Build-A-Bear has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the seventh year in a row in 2015. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $392.4 million in fiscal 2014. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of

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