By Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki Clark
The holidays are notorious for starting earlier and earlier each year. As soon as Labor Day is past, the Christmas décor pop ups at every chance it gets. The Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac, however, a spectacular culmination of everything merry and jolly, makes an early start seem perfectly okay.
From now until January 5, the Gaylord has cooked up a host of holiday activities for guests of all ages. Lucky me got a taste of what’s to come at a special media event that had us brunching with Santa, decorating gingerbread houses with Gingy from Shrek and experiencing the latest ICE! adventure.
We started with brunch at POSE Rooftop Lounge, the Gaylord’s posh restaurant rising 18 stunning stories above National Harbor. The dessert buffet alone was enough to convince me to leave the holiday cooking to someone else this year. Santa was even so generous to join us and let us snap a few photos with him.
Following brunch, we stumbled our way to Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating Workshop. The handed us a box with a gingerbread house inside and we set to work decorating. Well mostly. There may have been a little bit of eating of candy before it made it up to the house. But tis the season for face stuffing, right?
We wrapped our festivities with a trip to ICE! This year’s edition features ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and nearly two million pounds of hand carved ice. And with its new location accessible from within the hotel atrium, the perfect holiday weekend is available without even taking a step outside. Although you still want to still dress warmly—ICE! temperatures are kept at a chilly 9 degrees.
To experience the magic for yourself, visit www.ChristmasonthePotomac.com. Overnight packages with unlimited admission to ICE! start at $209.
Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki McMillan is a part time photographer; full time Red Crosser and 24/7 big sister to fellow puncher Lindsey. She loves travel, puppy kisses (especially from her own, ichabob) and invites to bourbon-orientated events.