Celebrate Christmas like Buddy The Elf at these resorts
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Gaylord Hotels has long celebrated the Christmas holidays, with their properties adorned with millions of Christmas lights, interactive snow activities (even in warm climates) and acres of festive decorations and huge ornate Christmas trees sparkling ornaments that get even the most grumpy visitors into the Christmas spirit.
Now the resort company is shifting into high gear with an experience that immerses guests in the world of a beloved character who might love Christmas more than anyone in the world: Buddy the Elf.
Yes, you can help Buddy save Christmas, just like the character of Will Ferrell did in the Precious Christmas 2003 movie. Elf when he worked to muster enough holiday cheer to propel the Kringle 3000 and fly Santa’s sleigh.
At four Gaylord Hotels locations in the United States, guests travel to the unique world of Buddy to engage in family challenges, including staying ahead of the toy quota at the North Pole, teaming up with Mr. Narwhal in the Candy Forest. Cane, prepare Department Store Gimbels for Santa’s arrival, and participate in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park. In all, visitors team up with Buddy in 12 different experiences to save Christmas.
“Mission: Save Christmas with Elf” anchors the vacation experience at four Gaylord hotels across the country:
- Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee
- Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida
- Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas
- Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado
Tickets for this special event are available for night and day guests of the resorts. The dates for the immersive experience vary but usually take place between mid-November and New Year’s Day.
Get specific details on “Mission: Save Christmas With Elf”, as well as a number of other holiday-themed activities and events, by clicking on your complex of interest on the Gaylord Hotels main Christmas website .
More Vacation Movie Fun at Gaylord National
The Gaylord Hotels property outside of Washington, DC will not have the Buddy the Elf experience but will offer guests the opportunity to step into scenes from beloved vacation movies.
Gaylord National presents “I Love Christmas Movies” with sound clips and linebacks from movie props from The Polar Express, A Christmas story, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The year without Santa.
Entertainment ranges from ice bumper cars to Oak Ridge boys
Each of the resorts in the Gaylord Hotels portfolio celebrates the holiday cheer even more with different activities at each property. For example, Gaylord Opryland has Pinetop Stage, an open-air village resembling the Appalachians, while Gaylord Rockies includes Glacier Point, a snow-capped outdoor adventure area. Snow Factory is an icy mechanized snow playground at Gaylord Palms.
Depending on the location, opportunities include vacation-themed scavenger hunts and escape rooms, character breakfasts, rides, ice bumper cars, ice skating, or snow tubing. . There are also crafts at the Elf Workshop and Story Time with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.
The resorts offer special entertainment during the holidays:
- Gaylord Opryland: Oak Ridge Boys Christmas in Tennessee Dinner Show
- Gaylord Rockies: Acrobatic / trapeze show “Cirque Dreams Holidaze”
- Gaylord Palms: acrobatic / trapeze show “Circus: Spirit of Christmas” and The greatest story ever told Christmas bible story
- Gaylord National: The greatest story ever told Christmas bible story