by Micaela Williamson
Want to score some major plans with your kids this holiday season? I'm not talking about buying them a hot new toy but instead creating memories. One of our favorite places in the DC area that always captures the magic of the holidays is National Harbor.
We were lucky enough to attend a media preview of the spectacular ICE. Ever since its debut year, my family has regularly attended ICE, missing only one year when we had a newborn. This year's theme of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was my favorite. Most kids already know the plot from the classic holiday TV special, and the colorful, carefully crafted ice sculptures really brought the story to life.
Take a look at some of our photos from the experience. It's amazing to think about how these ice sculptures are so artistically created from more than two million pounds of ice. We loved walking thorough this winter wonderland, and my kids had a blast on the ice slides too.
Besides ICE, the Gaylord had so much fun for the holidays. The lobby is always spectacularly decorated and boasts a daily light show, choreographed to music. There are dining experiences with Rudolph characters, a delightful carousel, little train ride, indoor ice-skating, gingerbread decorating and of course visits with Santa.
Outside of the hotel, visitors can explore the shops and restaurants of National Harbor and even take a ride on the now iconic Capital Wheel (weather permitting)
Learn more about the holidays at National Harbor this season, purchase tickets, get discounts, view sample itineraries and more by visiting: Christmas on the Potomac.
We received complimentary admission, brunch and a bit of swag in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are the author's. All photos are property of Go Kid Trips and can never be used without permission. Don't even try. =)
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