Each Featured Day Trip from D.C., we give you a trip with an amazing experience, whether it is just an awesome place we wanted to share, or the perfect seasonal or holiday-themed trip for you and your family to enjoy. This month, we have the perfect winter and holiday-themed day trip that will fill you with wonder.
December is all about enjoying the wonders of winter and the holidays: drinking hot chocolate, playing in the snow, going skiing or ice skating, and spending time with your loved ones. Located at the National Harbor, at the Gaylord National Resort, you can immerse yourself into the spirit of the holidays and a gigantic winter wonderland where there are tons of winter and holiday-themed activities and events for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
There is so much to do at the Gaylord National Resort that you might want to get there early in the morning just to get the full experience. Here is a list of our favorite activities to do at the resort:
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Construct your own delicious and fully-edible gingerbread house or sleigh, or even decorate your own ugly holiday sweater at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Prices and days may vary.
Cask & Cocoa: International Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Go to this delicious wine and chocolate tasting led by the Resort Pastry Chef and restaurant Sommelier. Divulge in three curated red wines from different regions of the world with a variety of gourmet chocolates. You will also be able to enjoy hot chocolate infused with Jackson Morgan’s Salted Carmel Southern Cream. Adult admission is $24.99 plus tax and gratuity.
Two Free Light Atrium Shows
At the Very Merry atrium Show, enjoy classic Christmas melodies as you watch leaping water fountains, colorful laser lights and twinkling lights, all dancing in perfect unison. As you watch the show, snow will fall in the 19-story atrium to create a magical winter wonderland light show. The Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show is a contemporary Christmas show for everyone to enjoy. Watch as the Stralight tree comes alive, along with 60-feet high water jets, more indoor snowfall and a lightshow intertwine to make a perfect Christmas Spectacular. Times may vary.
Bring out your inner child at the Build-A-Bear Workshop where you can create your own unique furry friend. This would make the perfect gift for a special little loved one, a significant other, or just as a treat to yourself! Prices may vary.
For more information on the activities and events listed above, click here.
ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World
Dive into a winter wonderland in ICE! With more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five two-story ice slides, this indoor winter wonderland is the perfect place for a wintry day trip. Walk through this gigantic icy attraction and indulge in the celebration of cultures around the world through holiday scenes. You can also view the Frostbite Factory, which allows you to observe a live ice carving zone. Click here for more information about ICE!