ICE! At Gaylord Opryland

One of our favorite holiday activities is going to see ICE! at the Gaylord Opryland hotel. It is also one of the biggest topics of conversation we hear at Nashville Fun For Families.

** 2020 Update – ICE! has been replaced with “I Love Christmas Movies” **

Before you read any further, ICE has been a holiday tradition at Gaylord Opryland for YEARS! However, things are changing in 2020. There is a new immersive walk through experience celebrating everyone’s favorite Christmas movies.

The new experience opens on November 13, 2020 and runs through January 3, 2021. Tickets are timed and limited to keep everyone safe from Coronavirus, so if you want to go, book your experience as soon as possible.

Click here to get more details and buy tickets.

“Is it worth it?” everyone wants to know.  For my family, the answer is yes – but we also make sure to take advantage of one of the many discounts deals and try not to go on the weekend to avoid the crowds.

2019 ICE! features “A Christmas Story”

Getting Ready for the Cold at ICE!

We went on a Monday after school and used a deal that halved our entry cost. It is still not a cheap affair, but as mentioned it has become a family tradition and we all enjoy it. Check out this list of discounts including some Buy 2 get 2 Free deals.

After you get your tickets at the box office you enter the Gaylord Convention center (here are instructions of where to park for free). This year, the ICE! exhibit starts on the left side of the building and you have access to check out the gift store before you walk through ICE! We saved all this for after we were done.

After you walk through the entrance archway (great photo opportunity), there are several exhibits to check out and learn about how ICE was created.

2019 ICE entrance

You also have a chance to touch the ice and feel how cold it is. From this area you will be welcomed into the start of ICE!

2019 touch the ice

Your ICE experience starts with a short film about how the exhibit is made and the logistics behind how the ice is transported, carved and installed. For me, this really makes the experience even more impressive as you walk through.

Gaylord Opryland ICE entry video

Then you get your big blue parka to enter the exhibit. Depending on the line, it may be worth putting on your hat, gloves and jacket while you watch the short movie. That way you are prepared to put the parka on top of your layers.

What to Wear to Stay Warm at ICE!

The exhibit is kept at 9 degrees to keep the ice solid. We wear jackets, hats and gloves under the parkas. Be sure to wear 2 pairs of socks too. I’ve found that my hands and feet are the first to get cold.

Once you are in you walk through several rooms of amazingly carved ice.

Ralphie writing a letter in the 2019 ICE display

I love the detail in each piece and they provide great back drops for pictures for holiday cards.

Don’t Miss the ICE! Slides

About half way through the exhibit you reach a room with 4 ice slides.

Ice slides in ICE with the 2019 A Christmas Story theme

Our kids slid for a good 10 to 15 minutes only stopping because they got too cold. All the years we have been everyone had been allowed to slide as many times as they wanted – you just have to go around and stand in line again. This was on week days when it wasn’t crowded. 

Make sure your blue coat is fully underneath you and you hold you feet up. You slide much faster on the coat then on your clothing!

ICE 2018 - slide

Once everyone has had their fill of sliding, the exhibit continues with all the classic scenes from A Christmas Story. This one has to be my favorite:

Ralphie in the pink bunny suit

At the end of the exhibit is a beautiful clear ice manger scene and a Christmas angel. Great photo ops for Christmas cards.

Ice angel

Warm Up in the Gift Store and the Arctic Lounge

After you get out of the cold and surrender your blue parka check out the gift store. There is even hot chocolate available to purchase to warm up after your ICE adventures.

2019 ICE gift store with plenty of leg lamps for sale

For those 21 and up, you can also stop at the Arctic Lounge.

2019 Arctic Lounge for 21 and up

After you visit ICE! be sure to see the other holiday displays, lights, activities and rides available at Gaylord Opryland for the holidays.

If you want more ideas the celebrate Christmas in Nashville, check out our full guide to Holiday Fun in Middle Tennessee.

Family Fun Facts

Ice! featuring A Christmas Story

November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Tickets: Range from $21.99 to $29.99 depending on your age and options selected. Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult admission. (Here are the deals and discounts we’ve found for ICE!)

Prices and times vary –  here’s the schedule

Tickets may be purchased online via this link.

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Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

44 thoughts on “ICE! At Gaylord Opryland”

  1. My boyfriend and I plan to go this weekend after church. I just looked at the tickets I purchased a couple days ago and it says “(12/15/2019, 10:00 am CST)” Do we have to be there at 10 am in order to go through the exhibit or can we go anytime while they are open?

  2. Avoid the “discounted” ICE parking with shuttle. The cost is unknown to you until you exit by credit card only. $20.00 Some discount.

  3. We plan on going on the 15th and I want the whole family to go I have a 5 month old I was wondering if anyone knew if it will be too cold for the baby?

    • It is 9 degrees inside ICE. I have seen babies inside and they are wrapped up in their own coats and then have a blue coat from ICE over the top. You can bring them in a stroller. My hands and feet get cold first so I have worn 2 pairs of gloves and two layers of socks in the past.

  4. Can anyone please tell us where to park for free when going to ICE ?
    We are in Nashville for the first time ever and going tomorrow. And the awesome tips above I am clicking on the words in RED but it does not bring me to a link as to “where to park for free” thanks so much, can anyone help?

  5. We are looking at going tomorrow.’ Do the tickets allow you to come in and out as you wish or is it more of a one time and done deal?

    • I wear jeans, a sweater and then a fleece jacket along with a hat, 2 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of gloves. If you are planning to do all the activities, I think the full day passes give you a discount. 🙂

  6. The link for ‘free parking’ is dead. Can you please post where to park for free. We went last year and spent $25.00 per vehicle for our family to park – that was $50 for 2 vehicles (10 people). That’s outrageous!

  7. Walkind around Opryland Hotel has always been a favorite. My husband and I had our first date there in 2002. We try to go around the same day every year!

  8. The best thing about Christmas in Nashville is the diverse and plentiful activities of which to partake without unbearably cold temps! ☃🏂🎄🎅🏻

  9. There is so much to do and see in Nashville at Christmas time! Some things get pricey but you can also find free/cheap things as well.

    • I love how you explain all the info about this event. We just moved here from Atlanta so we may visit but wondered I have a 17, 16 and 11year old. I’m thinking they wouldn’t be enthralled lol

  10. Is there a weight limit on the slides and are there bigger sizes for the parkas. My husband is a large man lol. Not fat just large lol. I always like to make sure before they say sir ….

    • Hi Delia, I reached out the the hotel and Parkas are available in sizes 2T to 3X. Blankets are available for babies and guests in wheelchairs.
      Long pants, hats and gloves are recommended. Closed-toed shoes (no heels) are required on the ice slides. So, I think you husband should be fine to enjoy ICE!

  11. How long does it take to go through the exhibit? How long would a typical wait be to enter. We are looking at going Dec 26th. Not sure if this is one of the busy days or not.

    • The wait will depend on when you go. Midweek will be much faster than a weekend. Once you get in, you can stay as long as you would like, but the cold usually gets to us after about 30 minutes.

    • We will be coming on a bus tour to ICE. My friend is a in a wheelchair. Could she have 2 blankets? She gets really cold, really fast and doesn’t warm up well. How long is the tour if we just walked through without stopping? Thank you.

    • Hi Joyce, Call the Gaylord Opryland Hotel directly and ask your questions. I’ve never seen blankets, but that doesn’t mean they are not available to someone in a wheel chair. Their number is 615-889-1000.

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