Dec 10

Gaylord National ICE! Shrek The Halls Giveaway

My family and I had the chance to experience ICE! at the Gaylord National yesterday night for “Shrek The Halls.” We had a blast and I’m excited that 1 Beltway Bargain Mom reader will get to win a family 4-pack of tickets to enjoy ICE too!

So what’s in store for those who attend ICE! Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National? Lot’s of fun, breath-taking, colorful ice sculptures, 20-foot-tall slides, your favorite Dreamworks characters and the chance to see the artistry and product of dozens of artists and ice sculptors from Harbin, China. It’s carved from 2 million pounds of ice, and the whole process takes about a month to transform the refrigerated 15,000 square-foot tent right next to the Gaylord Hotel, into the final spectacle. It’s a part of the Christmas on the Potomac 5th year celebration at National Harbor and it is quite a fun and festive event!

Beltway Bargain Mom Tips to making the most of your visit to ICE!:

  • Go during non-peak hours. That way you can avoid large crowds and the price for admission will be less.
  • Dress Warm. It is only nine degrees in the ICE! area so I bring my scarf, gloves and hat. The Gaylord National does provide a blue, outer coat for all guests to wear, but I still suggest you wear your own coat underneath that, because it is extremely cold inside!
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Boots or sneakers are great, and ladies who show up wearing high heels are not permitted to go down the slides.
  • Plan the potty breaks. There are nice portable restrooms (heated with sinks and full-running water) located just outside of the ICE! Pavilion, in the parking lot. Be sure to use the restroom before entering ICE! as there are no restrooms inside and once you exit the refrigerated tent area, you are not allowed to re-enter the attraction (this is to avoid overcrowding).
  • No Strollers allowed. Last year strollers were allowed (and we brought ours in for my then 1-year old daughter), but this year I saw many signs prohibiting use of a stroller.

Ways to save money on your ICE admission:

And now for the fun part! One lucky Beltway Bargain Mom reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to enjoy free admission to ICE!

Giveaway Prize: 4 tickets for your family to attend ICE! at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD. Valid Mondays-Fridays only. Excludes: Saturdays, Sundays or other blackout dates set by the National Gaylord. This giveaway ends 12/13/12 11:59pm ET and you have up to 6 ways to enter. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below:

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Disclosure: The giveaway prize has been supplied by the Gaylord National. I was provided complimentary tickets for my family and I to attend ICE as well as the Gingy Gingerbread Decorating and Dreamworks Characters Meet & Greet. The opinions shared in this post are my own, and I love to share great deals, local events and giveaways for my readers! To read my formal disclosure policy, please click here.

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Andrew December 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

This would be totally cool!

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natalya December 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

It looks like a lot of fun!

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Beth December 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

That hotel is great. Would love to see Ice!

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Courtney F. December 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

Would love to win this! :)

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Carrie December 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I have wanted to go to this for years!

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Kim December 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’d love to take my family. Thanks so much for a great contest!

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ansvi December 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

i always wanted to go to to ICE!

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Elizabeth D December 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

We would be so excited to go. My Kids swear they are the only ones in their class that hasn’t gone.

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Lisa December 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

My twins would love to go to this!! Thank you for the opportunity to take them :)

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lisa December 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

my kids would love to go! :)

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Carly Blair December 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

I so want to take the family to ICE this year!!

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Gracie R. December 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

Would love to take my daughter! Thank you!

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Erin K December 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

This sounds amazing, I bet my kiddos would love it!!

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Stefany December 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would love to win!

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Theresa M. December 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

I’d love to win and go!

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Kelly December 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’ve always wanted to take my kids to this. It looks really cool….literally!! :)

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carolyn s December 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

My boys and I would love this!

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Rachel December 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

We got to go last year and it was so much fun. We’d love to go again!

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Steph December 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

My kid’s would love to see this.

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Candace December 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

I would so love to take my stepdaughters to see Shrek the Halls on Ice!

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Heather December 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Never been. It looks Awesome:) My kids would love to go see this spectacular event!

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Amy December 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

Looks fun!

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Amber Gilson December 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks for the opportunity! this is on our to do list!

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Elizabeth White December 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’d love to share these with our good friends.

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Jaime December 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

ICE is one of my favorite local Holiday traditions!!!!
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Amanda December 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

Would love a chance to take the kiddos to see this as it is our first time living in the area for the holidays!!

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alissa McKnight December 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

We would love to win!!!! We’ve never been and my kids would LOVE it!

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Chondria Andrews December 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

Such a cool prize.

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Reagan Holmes December 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

Looks like so much fun–thanks for the giveaway!

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Shana December 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

We would love to win the family pack!

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Christine M December 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

We’ve never been and would love to go this year. Fingers crossed!

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Debbie December 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

How fun!

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MARIA December 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

I WANT TO WIN!! PLEASE!!! =)

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Lisa December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

Have always wanted to go there, hope I win :)

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Melissa S December 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

what a great family activity!

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Kim B. December 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Have always enjoyed going. Kids love it.

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Suzanne December 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Would really like to win this – thank you!!

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Shannon Aldrich December 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would love to experience this with my family! I hope I am the winner!!! :)

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Kara December 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Would love to go to this!

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Meredith December 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I always wanted to take my boys to this, I have heard about & heard it is wonderful!

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Sheila December 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

What a great giveaway! I finally feel like my kids are at the right ages to really enjoy this now!

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Christy D December 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I would love to take my kids to Gaylord! We’ve always wanted but either didn’t have the time or didn’t have the funds. Thanks for the opportunity.

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danielle December 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

We’re dying to go this year – thanks for the opportunity!!

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Pat December 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I would love to win these tickets. I would take my husband, daughter and son in law.

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cynthia December 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I would love to win for my family!

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Rheanna December 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

We just move here and I’ve heard so much about the Gaylord so I’m so excited about experiencing this this christmas!
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Holly December 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Please pick me!

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Kristen December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I would love to win these – so much fun!

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Yocelyn December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

How fun!

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Nicole December 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

My family and I would love to go to this. Thank you for giving tickets away. I sure hope we win.

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Beth December 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

My son has been asking to go to this… we went two years ago and loved it! I would love to be able to take him and save the cost of the tickets for Xmas presents…. :)

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LMHutch December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Would love to win! We tried this several years ago but it was too crazy.

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Deb December 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Hi

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Jenn D. December 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Would love to take my family to this!!

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Tanya Browning Huurman December 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Would love to win! Never been:) Thanks for the info Macaroni Kid Fredericksburg on this give away!

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Erin Westcott December 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity! Cheers!

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Karen F. December 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

My girls would love this! Great contest. :-)

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Edith December 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for posting this info and contest. I sure hope I win. My 6 year old and 3 year old would love it!

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Alicia Summe December 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I love to win because I love SHREK!!!

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Christine B. December 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I would love love love these =)

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Rhona Kerr December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I would love to take my kids!

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Jamie Martin December 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

My family would love to see this!! :)

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Allison December 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I would love to win these! I got to go three years ago when I was in Florida and I definitely want to see the 2012 display!

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Kelly Crawford December 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

This would be a great weekend getaway for the family.

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cindy b December 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Our family would love to see this event! Pick us!

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Lauren Peterson December 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Oh, my gosh, I would absolutely love to win!

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Meghan Floirendo December 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I would love to go! I’ve never been to this before!

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Hannah L December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

i would love to win this

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Christine December 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Would love to take my kids to go see this!

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Brittany December 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

My kids would love this! Thanks for the giveaway

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Tanya Browning Huurman December 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

Would love this for my family!!

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L December 12, 2012 at 12:29 am

Keeping my fingers crossed!

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Kristina Childs December 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

This would be awesome!

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Cristina December 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

I’d love to win and take my nephews too.

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MARIA December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

we’d love to go to see Shrek! =)

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MARIA December 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

we want to see Shrek pls!!

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Linda Mattes December 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Awesome!! Shrek is amazing!! Thank you, beltway bargain mom, for sponsoring. Would love to win ICE! Tickets for me and my family!! Gaylord rocks!! Xoxo

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Nancy December 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Would love to win this!

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Nicole December 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

My kids have been begging me to take them!! Would love the tickets!

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Jonathan December 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I have not been yet, but it would be nICE to win!

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Rachel V December 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I want to win! I would love to take my kids

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Christie Lombardo December 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

We have never gone, it looks like so much fun!

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Lindsey D December 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Would love to win!

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Sara Leanne December 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I would love to win!

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Bryony Kowalewski December 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

We’ve never been & would LOVE to go!

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Cheryl Celebi December 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

All 4 of my girls would LOVE this!!

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Joyce December 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Would love to win this for my family.

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j.smith December 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I would love to be able to take my girls this year!!! We were at the National Harbor last year and just happened to see Shrek the Halls and thought we could just walk in and pay…didn’t happen, lol. I wanted to take them this year before I have my son in January!! Hope we win!!!!! Thanks for the give-away!!!

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Katie Erb December 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Would be SO fun!

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