Lone Star Christmas

Lone Star Christmas display at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

2015 File Photo/Jae S. Lee
The Gaylord Texan’s "Ice!" is a walk-through exhibit featuring 2 million pounds of the cold stuff carved into festive holiday scenes, along with five ice slides – just one part of the hotel's Lone Star Christmas celebration, which runs from Nov. 10 to Jan. 1. With a new theme each year, the 2017 exhibit depicts the holiday classic, "’Twas the Night Before Christmas." At select times, it also features the On the Blocks Ice Bar, an optional $15 add-on for those 21 and up.

If you're looking for things with no additional cost, the resort's 4.5 acres of indoor gardens feature 2 million holiday lights, miniature trains, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations.

If you're willing to shell out some extra money, consider the 12-lane snow tubing hill, the 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, Santa's Snow Throw, the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt and Cookies with Mrs. Claus.

"Ice!" is located in Longhorn Exhibit Hall B at the Gaylord Texan. Tickets are timed and ticket prices vary by date (for example, peak times cost more); check the website for schedule.

Tickets are $21.99-$32.99 for adults; $12.99-$19.99 for children 4-11; $19.99-$29.99 for seniors 55 and older; free for children 3 and younger. (Viewing the Lone Star Christmas decorations is free.)

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