“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”– Calvin Coolidge
This Christmas season was unlike others because this year I enjoyed it at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
There are many Christmas activities on the National Harbor. At the National Harbor, you can experience the Christmas spirit to its fullest. You can attend the annual tree lighting ceremony, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, or experience the beauty of the Gaylord hotel. This year, we stayed for a night at the Gaylord hotel, during Christmas break. We arrived in the afternoon, just in time to see the sunset on the Potomac. When I first entered the hotel, I was awestruck by the size of the hotel.
The Gaylord convention hotel has many restaurants, bars, and shops. The entire hotel had been redecorated for the Christmas season. The main lobby of the hotel was decorated with beautiful Christmas trees and a very colorful/ huge gingerbread treehouse. In the atrium level, there was a big glass Christmas tree and you could see the Potomac River through the huge glass wall. There were many brightly lit trees on the walkway, and there were several food stalls selling delicious foods like pizza, nachos, popcorn, hot chocolate. Just by roaming around the hotel, you felt like you were in a beautiful Christmas town.
In the night, the hotel came to life. One of the most interesting parts of our stay was the laser light show in the hotel. This show consists of lasers, Christmas music, fountains, and snow. The best part is that it is all indoors. If you book a room with an atrium view, you could watch the show from your room balcony or you could go down to the atrium and enjoy the show.
After the laser light show, we also saw the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. A dazzling aerobatic show with spectacular stunts and performances. It was an amazing experience. Later that night, we went to see ICE! One of the best things to do in the National Harbor over the winter is to go and visit ICE at the Gaylord convention center. Every year, there is a different theme for ICE. This year it was the Grinch.
As you walk through ICE, you can see all your favorite characters from the Grinch sculpted from colorful ice. Visitors put on parkas before entering the ICE tent, which is kept at 9° Fahrenheit, to preserve the ice sculptures. There is also a huge ICE slide for those looking for a thrilling experience.
There are many more activities in the Christmas Village such as ice skating and gingerbread house building. After we finished going through the Christmas Village, we took a stroll outside in the night. The Ferris wheel was lit up brightly, illuminating the Potomac River.
The next day, we took a walk around the block, saw nearby restaurants and statues. We visited the National Harbor Christmas Tree and got to see the Capital Wheel. I enjoyed spending a day in the beautiful Gaylord hotel at the National Harbor. I highly recommend you visit this hotel during Christmas time. It’s an amazing experience!
Wishing You All A Happy New Years