ICE! returns to Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland

The exhibit is one of many holiday installations making up “Christmas at Gaylord Opryland”

An ICE scene featuring three reindeers, a character from the classic, and holiday trees

Prepare for all of the photo opportunities.

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Bundle up in the signature blue parkas and don’t forget your stocking cap before stepping into this nine-degree winter wonderland made out of two million pounds of ice. “Christmas at Gaylord Opryland” is now in season.

The making of ICE! 🧊

This year’s ICE! theme features scenes from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” A chemist mixes a special food coloring to maintain the color of the handmade sculptures before 40 artisans from Harbin, China, arrive in Music City to chip away at the 300 pound ice blocks for ~six weeks.

The ice slide within the ICE exhibit

The ICE slide is included with your ticket purchase. | Photo by NASHtoday

Need to know 💡

  • What to wear: Knee-length parkas are provided, but it’s recommended that guests wear hats and gloves as well. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Ticket: Tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone. It is recommended you arrive 10 minutes before your reservation. Most guests spend 20-40 minutes in the exhibit, though your reservation is not timed.

Pro tip: The majority of the ICE! exhibit is wheelchair and stroller accessible, though some areas — like the slides — are not.

More themed fun 🎄

The more, the merrier. There’s a lot to offer at “Christmas at Gaylord Opryland.” Beginning Friday, Nov. 18, cozy up with a holiday-inpsired cocktail or mocktail from Tree Farm Bar. Don’t miss snagging tickets for The Oak Ridge Boys‘ “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show (Wednesday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Dec. 25), or the Celebration on Ice Live Skating Show. Other activities by ticketed reservation include:

  • Ice tubing
  • Bumper cars
  • Ice skating
  • Photos with Santa
  • Carriage rides

Looking for free family fun? Check out these complimentary attractions:

  • Parade of Trees | A display of trees decorated by country music stars like Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Jon Pardi
  • Christmas Fountain Shows | Synchronized light, water, and holiday music
  • Christmas Lights | 300 million lights line the Magnolia Lawn
  • Nightly Tree Lighting + Caroling | Carolers begin performing on the Magnolia Lawn at 4:55 p.m. and the tree is lit at 5 p.m.
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