Gaylord Palms — the ginormous convention hotel on Osceola Parkway off I-4’s Animal Kingdom exit — has decked its halls once again, and last night the media were invited to preview they icy results. Gaylord Palms Christmas got off to an artistic start with a one-time only appearance by the Orlando Ballet, performing excerpts from The Nutcracker. The Ballet was followed by a dress rehearsal of Luminescence, a Mannheim Steamroller-meets-Cirque stage show that blends acrobatics with high-decibel covers of traditional songs. After the show, attendees were led to the convention center’s Alpine Village, home of the ICE! exhibit, which continues this year’s Nutcracker theme. A small ice bar serving chilled drinks has also been added to the ICE walk through. Near the end of ICE is a workshop where you can watch an ice carver from Harbin, China hard at work. As always, ICE concludes with a stunning Nativity scene. Of course, you can’t miss the Santa-stocked gift shop after exiting ICE. We finished the evening with a run down the Alpine Rush snow tubing hill. Gaylord Palms Christmas attractions are expertly done, but I was glad for the complimentary press preview because […]
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