My family in the lobby of the Gaylord Texan
We started off our visit by walking around the resort courtyard, admiring the vibrant red poinsettias that lined the walkways. There are literally picture opportunities at every turn, so I was really glad I brought my camera! Some of my favorite pieces were the giant Christmas toys, Santa’s Sled, and at the center of it all, the giant Christmas tree. My little toddler was in awe of the miniature train that would ride back and forth into the little city. I recommend taking some time to admire it, especially if you are a fan of trains!
An Insta-Worthy Seat!
My son Myles, watching the trains in the lobby
Next, we headed to the Texan Station restaurant for Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast. At the restaurant, they had a large projector playing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The breakfast is a buffet, which means you can enjoy as much food as your heart desires! I really appreciated the variety because it made the meal enjoyable for everyone, including our picky toddler. My husband’s favorite was the omelet bar—he loved that he was able to select his own ingredients and have a chief cook it on the spot. Me? I enjoyed the Christmas-themed pancakes.
As we ate, Rudolph walked around greeting guests. His friends Clarice and The Abominable Snowman even joined him for a little bit! It was nice that we didn’t have to chase down the characters for a picture, because each of them came to us. When Rudolph arrived to our table, my toddler was pretty anxious, but Rudolph took his time to win my son over with his bright red nose. You can take as many pictures as you’d like at breakfast (I definitely took a ton), but if you’d prefer, you can get one of the photographers walking around to capture your special moments!
Afterward, we headed to the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. They offer different kit options, including a Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Cookies or even a Snowman cookie. We had fun decorating, and my son enjoyed sneaking some of the frosting and candy toppings. It was such a fun environment because the official Gingerbread Man was there! Be sure to snap a photo in front of his house for the cutest picture! I love the one my family took.
We finished off the day by visiting ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. It’s pretty hard not to be impressed with these sculptures made out of over 2 million pounds of ice! I thought it was so neat seeing some of my favorite Christmas characters come to life.
In order to keep the ice sculptures from melting, the exhibit is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. Needless to say, it’s important to come prepared with the proper attire. We made sure to pack winter coats, hats and gloves for every member of our family. Also, be aware that long pants and closed-toed shoes are required to enter. Since I do have a young toddler, I was initially worried about the cold temperature; however, ICE!® provides warm parkas for each of its guests. Before entering the exhibit, we went through and selected our parka sizes. They offer parkas of all sizes and even have parkas for infants, which I really appreciated. When selecting your parka, I recommend sizing up and using the extra length as additional coverage, especially if you forget to bring gloves!
At the end of our visit, I was already planning out when we could come back for another day of Lone Star Christmas fun. The Gaylord Texan has tons of holiday activities that we didn’t get to experience this time around, like snow tubing, ice skating and meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus! You could seriously spend the entire day at the Gaylord Texan Resort getting in the holiday spirit. Next year, I’m going to plan an overnight stay during Lone Star Christmas so we can experience it all. They offer great packages and I know it’ll make the perfect family getaway to kick off the holiday season!
My husband and son loved going down the ice slide!
All Images Courtesy: Josh Rodriguez