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Gaylord National Resorts and Convention Center
Step into the pages of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and join “every Who down in Whoville” at Gaylord National Resorts’ spirited experience, Christmas on the Potomac. The popular event is back this year with stunning new attractions that will transport merry makers to the iconic village, famous for growing the doubtful Grinch’s small heart three sizes bigger and sure to bring much joy to guests of all ages. Donning the familiar blue parkas, visitors tour through the impressive hand carved ICE! installation with a bigger than ever, 15,000 square foot “cold room” housing familiar, favorite scenes such as the Grinch’s transformative sleigh ride. Colorful and wondrous, the exhibit showcases the Final Feast, where “the Grinch carved the roast beast!”, a sight sure to pack a punch of holiday cheer.
Grinch fans, and there certainly are plenty, will be able to meet the curmudgeonly Who himself at the Feast with the Grinch breakfast which features Whoville inspired cuisine such as brightly hued green WhoVille Waffles and Green Eggs and Ham. Kids can also participate in the Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Scavenger Hunt by solving puzzles and clues to win grand prizes.
After sharing wish lists with Santa in Christmas Village and decorating gingerbread houses, a plethora of additional new activities await. The two-story high, Reindeer Rush Ice Tubing Hill, outfitted with four slippery slopes of tubing lanes for hours of raucous sledding, and the covered, outdoor Ice-Skating Rink, will delight the more adventurous. Then journey to the well placed and cheerfully decorated Winter Square which overlooks the Potomac River and features Tinsel Tavern, an ugly sweater themed bar which lures with scrumptious, holiday inspired drinks.
If these activities aren’t Instagram worthy enough, Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a new seasonal production featuring choreography and music from around the world, is located in the beautifully appointed Garden Atrium, which features a 55-foot suspended Christmas tree and festive indoor snowfall. It doesn’t end there, as the nightly laser light show, Christmas Miracles, boasts dancing fountains and live musical performances.
Individual attraction tickets and flexible discount bundles including multiple attractions and experiences along with hotel packages, are available on the resort’s website. This fully immersive holiday extravaganza, known for being the largest Christmas attraction in the Washington D.C. area, is where holiday memories and magic are made, sure to melt the icy hearts of even the Grinchiest amongst us.
SAEMA KHAN is a burgeoning freelance writer with a background in communication who finds most joy in profiling people with interesting stories. Raised in Arlington, she considers herself a native Virginian and has seen NOVA go through tremendous growth and change. Saema currently resides in Loudoun County with her two sons, Ashal and Aryan, and her cat Jebby.