Ogre-sized holiday fun
As cool as ICE! is, it’s just one attraction in Opryland’s Shrek-centric season’s greeting, a full-blown holiday party package that also includes Holiday Shrektacular. This stage show/street party has singers crooning and dancers swirling as they try to instruct Shrek in the true meaning of Christmas. Kids big and small are invited on stage to rock and bop with Shrek, Fiona, Gingy and Puss in Boots – who can really bust a “move-it move-it” – along with Po of “Kung Foo Panda” fame and the irrepressible Penguins from “Madagascar.”
Then there’s the ShrekFeast where kids can join Shrek and company for a fairytale feast fit for a, well, an ogre. While munching Shrek-shaped waffles and pouring a tall one from the bubbling green Magic Chocolate Fountain, the quest is on to solve riddles and puzzles to achieve amateur Ogre- or Ogress-hood. (Parents may find the made-to-order omelet station, fresh fruits and piping hot coffee more to their taste.) You can also slog right into Shrek’s beloved swamp for a face-to-face encounter with the irascible green giant and arrange to get a holiday wake-up greeting from Shrek, Donkey or Puss in Boots. Even Po or “Madagascar’s” Alex can do the honors.
Of course there is decorating gingerbread cookies – a house, stocking and Christmas tree, too – with all the edible trims, including gum drops buttons, plus lots of family photo ops with DreamsWorks’ characters and a scavenger hunt whose theme is based on DreamWorks’ latest film, the animated holiday film, “Rise of the Guardians,” opening November 21.
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If You Go
Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” is offered now through December 25, 2012. Two- and three-night packages include accommodations; front-of-line access tickets to ICE!; ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes; tickets to Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show; tickets for breakfast or luncheon cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat; tickets to Christmas Holly Jolly Town Square including shops, demonstrations, story time with Mrs. Claus and more; admission to Treasures of the Holidays, a craft and gift show with 40-plus unique vendors through Dec. 16; admission to Hall of Trees; and more. The three-night package also includes tickets to Grand Ole Opry and complimentary admission to the “Kids Only” shopping area.
The Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, through January 1, 2013, features two- and three-night packages that include accommodations, front-of-line access tickets to ICE!, ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal, VIP seating for the Holiday Shrektacular, DreamWorks Character Holiday Meet & Greets, scavenger hunt, souvenir family photo, character wake-up call and a welcome amenity upon check-in.
Visit www.GaylordHotels.com/gaylord-opryland/a-country-christmas/packages/index.html#dw for specific packages and package inclusions.
In addition to the Gaylord Opryland, the Gaylord Palms, Gaylord Texas and Washington D.C.-based National Gaylord, will also offer the ICE! indoor wonderland featuring DreamWorks’ characters from “Shrek the Halls” and “Madagascar” and special holiday packages. Visit www.GaylordHotels.com to see individual hotels’ specific offerings.