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A Gaylord Texan Christmas: What you need to know & 50% discount

Ice! returns this year for the Gaylord Texan Christmas season.

The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX unveils its signature immersive pop-up Christmas experience along with its fan favorites!

Scroll down for 50% off tickets to Ice! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

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When: November 10 to December 31.

Where: Gaylord Texan Hotel and Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

We recap our visit and share tips on how long your visit might be, what experiences are available for you and the cost of each, and information about coming as a daily visitor and parking.

We were hosted by the Gaylord Texan Resort but our opinions are our own. The post contains affiliate links for your ticket purchase, at no cost to you.

What is happening at the Gaylord Texan Christmas this Holiday Season?

Walk into the Atrium and you are met with 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, and dozens of lavish holiday displays filling the vast hotel atrium.

This is SO.MUCH.CHRISTMAS at the Gaylord Texan – one of the best things to do this Winter

Their restaurants and eateries are open along with their stores, which are filled with local Texan-themed products and gift ideas.

What is there to do at the Gaylord Texan Christmas?

ICE! is back at Gaylord Texan.

The biggest exhibit is Ice! ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

You’ll love the larger-than-life colorful Ice! sculptures and even plunge-down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience.

You can borrow a full-size parka (available in kids’ sizes too) to keep you warm throughout.

Allow 20-40 minutes to experience it fully.

Discount Snow Tubing
Photo Credit: Gaylord Texan

Get your Discounted Tickets online!

There are no physical, printed tickets or box office on-site at the Gaylord Texan Resort. All tickets are electronic and can be purchased online or over the phone.

Your ticket will be emailed for you to show on your phone for scanning at the entrance.

Advance purchase of tickets online is required. In order to encourage contactless service, there are no physical, printed tickets and no box office on-site at the resort.

All tickets are electronic and can be purchased online or over the phone.

Once purchased, your e-ticket will be emailed to you. You can simply show your ticket on the phone to the attendant to be scanned prior to entering the attraction

Tobogganing at the Gaylord Texan
Photo Credit: Gaylord Texan Hotel

Head out to the center area where you’ll find many of the Gaylord Texan Christmas’ festive experiences, like

  • The Grinch’s™ Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt
  • Snow Flow Mountain (Snow Tubing)
  • Ice Skating
  • Santa’s Snow Throw
  • Christmas Carousel
  • Gingerbread Decorating
  • Elf Workshop
  • Two Holiday themed Escape Rooms
  • Build a Bear

You can also enjoy refreshments and snacks from Kona Ice, Hot Cocoa, Cinnabun, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, and a Texas Legends area for adult beverages.

How to Plan Your Visit

On our recent visit this year, we planned to do the activities first and then walk to the Hotel Lobby after lunch.

Our little kids (aged 4 and 7) really loved the gingerbread-making and the Grinch-themed activities the most. We spent hours ice skating too!

What are the Pricing and Bundle Options?

ICE! ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™

$28.99 per Adult (12+)
$19.99 per Child (Ages 4-11) – Value Day Pricing 

Here’s your 50% off Discount Code!

Gaylord Texan Christmas
ICE! ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas™xx
Snow Flow Mountainxx
The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Huntxx
Gingerbread Decorating Centerx
Ice Skatingx
Snowball Build and Blastx
Christmas Carouselx
Elf Training Academy
Extra options available at a discountSave 20%Save 30%

Buy your Tickets ahead and Bundle them up to get bigger discounts.

They do not have the ability to take money directly on-site but do provide a QR code to get tickets online from your phone, so plan ahead and split up if your kids have different interests in what they want to do.

How long should we allow for our visit to Gaylord Texan Christmas?

If you choose to enjoy most of the attractions and enjoy a meal and drinks, we think this could provide 3-4 hours of entertainment!

Can you visit Gaylord Texan without staying there?

Yes, you can visit for the day or evening, without staying. You can make a real staycation out of it by asking about their overnight Gaylord Texan Christmas packages inclusive of entrance into the immersive pop-up experience.

The hotel is so magical at this time of year. Plan to eat at one of their restaurants and enjoy the various decorated exhibits in the main Gaylord Hotel.

Expect some festive eating and drinking options and a huge gift store

Tons of Gift Ideas at their Christmas Store

Is there a Parking fee?

Self-Parking Rate: $25
Valet Parking: $40

The closest parking lot to So.Much.Christmas is the Convention Center Parking Lot, if you don’t want to walk through the hotel to get to and from your car.

Big Tip: If you have a Lexus vehicle, parking in the garage is free. The Parking attendant will wave you through the gate without having to pay.

Misty, Allen TX

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Carolina Rodriguez Cruz

Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Code “PLANO” is not working for me when trying to purchase


Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Hi Carolina, Be sure to check those blackout dates and read the terms and conditions. You may also be trying to purchase for packages or parts of the event that are not covered by the coupon. I hope you'll get it figured out and enjoy the event.


Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi there. Your link to buy tickets is not helpful. I want to buy the Play & Save Platinum package only (not hotel room). and your link take me to a web that to book hotel room instead.


Friday 17th of December 2021

I'm sorry you were unable to find the right link on our post. We have made corrections. This is the right link to use. Don't forget to use the code PLANO to get the discounted package

A. Adams

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Hello, thank for the great information. My husband and I want to come up to the Gaylord over the next several weeks. What do you suggest for us seniors to see and do?


Tuesday 30th of November 2021

We hope you plan to have a great visit! The Gaylord is a great venue. There'll be tons to do in the hotel itself plus in nearby Grapevine - the Christmas Capital of Texas!