Cruisin' with Courtney: Gaylord Texan ICE! exhibit

GRAPEVINE, Tex. (KBTX) - If you are the type of person that gets more in the Christmas spirit as the temperature drops, the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan may be just the thing to kick start your holiday cheer!

"The theme this year is Santa Claus is Coming to Town" explained Martha Neibling with the Gaylord Texan.

It may still be seventy-something degrees outside, but all that changes when you take a step inside the ICE exhibit.

"We use chillers to get it down to nine degrees, which is why it is so cold inside to keep the ice intact" said Neibling.

Two million pounds of ice are trucked to Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth, then forty master ice carvers go to work telling the classic Chrismas story.

"This is a cool part of the story where the Winter Warlock has his heart melted and he turns to good and they start working to save Christmas" explained Neibling.

You'll appreciate the artist's details, and if you are older than 21, you may appreciate grabbing a Merry Margarita at the On the Blocks Ice Bar.

Don't get too crazy though, because after you sip, its time to slide!

Straight ahead you'll see six ice slides in Santa's Toy Shop!

"It's fun! I was scared at first, but then when I went down, it's really fun" said Marbella, a first timer at ICE!

You can slide down as long as you'd like, and after, there's still more to see, including a huge nativity scene that caps off the icy experience!

Some folks come to check out the theme that changes each year.

"Oh, I love this theme! I still watch it now even though I am forty something years old, so it's great. Cold, but it's great" said Paula Torrez, who has been to ICE! twice.

"Very cold, very impressive ice sculptures. It's kind of a winter staple in DFW, so you've gotta check it out at least once" explained Rachel Todd.

"It's a fun experience to do with your family and it's just--everything is made of ice and it's unbelievable from Texas, I have never seen this much ice in my life" said Marbella.

The excitement doesn't end with ICE! either, you can also go ice skating and snow tubing while you're in town.

So grab your scarf and mittens and cruise on up I-45 for a chilly time that's sure to warm your heart for the holidays!

There are links under the related links tab with ticket price information, as well as a link that will get you $4 off a ticket.

If you decide to cruise up to the exhibit, make sure to pack your cold weather gear! Part of your ticket price includes the rental of a parka, but you'll probably want to bring a hat and gloves with you.

The ice slides require you to wear shoes without a heel. Closed toe shoes are recommended for the whole exhibit.

The Gaylord Texan is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail in Grapevine, Texas.

The ICE! exhibit will be open until January 1st, 2017.