Late Tuesday afternoon our family climbed in the car to celebrate Mr. Décor’s birthday. There had been a tremendous amount of local hype about the ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Resort. They bring in several artists from China to create this frosty frolicking festival. I had purchased advanced tickets for this family outing as they often sell out. They were for a specific time. This always seems to be a stressor for us as someone tends to be ready at 4:25 instead of the 4:00 leave time. (No, it’s not me. :) To further compound matters the driver did not listen when asked to get on the toll roads and we then missed our turn. But finally we arrived at our destination with mere minutes to spare. The entire family was stressed out to the max. Could anything save this happy holiday outing?
If anyone could it would be Frosty the Snowman.
He was in the Lone Star Atrium Frosty joined by the village children …
….members of the Salvation Army band…
…his good friend Karen…
…as well as the Traffic Cop who hollered “STOP!”
All the while in pursuit by the evil villain magician Professor Hinkle.
You might almost forget that this entire scene is crafted from 2 million blocks of carved ice, some of which is hand colored. But as they keep the display at just 9 degrees we were quickly chilled to the bone and we slid through the exhibit as fast as Frosty.
Stopping only to marvel at the interactive ice luge.
Why yes, of course I took a turn! Finishing my lightening fast run you can see me modeling the lovely parka that is loaned out to each guest.
Turning the corner we witnessed a glorious site, the greatest story ever told!
From there we went and did a bit of snow tubing.
Having worked up an appetite we moseyed on over to the Riverwalk Atrium, had a delicious dinner at the Cantina, and watched the overhead light show. Then after dinner we walked along the water towards the Hill Country Atrium.
During our walk we saw a charming model train village seriously sweet gingerbread houses…
…as well as the biggest pair of Santa’s boots I have ever seen! (We truly all are elves. :)
Of course I had to get a picture with the birthday boy.
This was quickly followed by a stampede to see Santa.
Wore out we slowly walked back to the car marveling at the lovely grounds lit for the season.
It was truly magical.