A White Christmas

We had our department year-end celebration on Monday. Every year it is something different. This year, it was a trip to the Gaylord Texan for lunch and to see the ICE! exhibit. We had lunch at the Riverwalk Cafe, which I somehow imagine is nicer than the real one in San Antonio. Food was ok, nothing to brag about.

After that, we headed over to see the ice sculptures. First of all, it’s like NINE degrees in the exhibit. So they give everyone these giant hooded parkas to wear. I was even smart enough to bring gloves, although, since I had Samuel L with me, they had to go unused….my fingers were numb almost immediately!

I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was SO much more. Absolutely unreal. Lifesize (and some larger) sculptures of everything from igloos to penguins to trains to a nativity scene and more. Even a 3-story slide made of ice! Crazy talented people that did all of this. I wouldn’t pay their admission fee to go back again, but it was a darn pretty sight for a freebie!

Fun Facts About ICE!

2,000,000 pounds: the amount of ice it takes to create ICE!

5,000: the number of ICE! blocks hand-carved and transformed into our winter wonderland

ICE! Slide

40: the number of artisans from the City of Harbin (China) Tourism and Development Commission, who sculpt the attraction by hand

34: the approximate number of days needed to hand-carve the ICE! display

14,000: the total square footage of the unique structure that houses ICE!

9 degrees: the temperature setting for the ICE! structure. A winter coat is provided to keep you warm!

1,400+: the number of LED lights frozen within ICE!

3: the number of types of ice used in the construction of ICE!
~ Clear “glass-like” crystal ice – so flawless that it is compared to Waterford Crystal – makes up 80 percent of the sculptures
~ “White ice” blocks, which are more like compacted snow, make up 15 percent of the sculptures
~ Colored ice, which is dyed brilliant colors, is used for highlighting and accenting the remaining 5 percent of the sculptures

52: the number of days you can visit this famous attraction before it melts away

2: the number of other destinations in the United States that are as cool as ICE! Sister properties Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee and Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida also host annual ICE! events.

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