Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gaylord National Christmas!

Before we departed Washington yesterday we made a brief detour to the new Gaylord National Hotel and Resort at National Harbor.
We've long enjoyed Gaylord's Opryland complex in Nashville so we thought we'd take a peek at this newest addition to the Gaylord family.
Christmas at Opryland is dazzling beyond belief and you'll get a taste of that same spectacular Christmas at Gaylord National.
The centerpiece of Gaylord's celebration is the incredible Tree of Light (pictured). Standing 60 feet tall, weighing 7,000 pounds and made of synthetic glass, this one-of-a-kind tree is a work of art. Comprised of 110 individual hand-formed pieces of holly leaves and berries, the glass tree glows brilliantly from within, casting a festive mood throughout the atrium. The tree is actually suspended above the atrium and seems to literally float in the sky, It's a must see!
As you look up in Gaylord's giant atrium you will also be amazed at the Light-Cicles. These 50- to 150-foot-long sparkling icicles, accented by 100-foot gold ribbons, hang overhead and brilliantly light the ceiling of the 20-story atrium.
The Brightest Star features the classic Christmas story, choreographed with dancing water, whimsical lighting, fog and other special effects, also in the atrium.
And on selected evenings a 100 voice choir performs in a 40 minute show featuring favorite carols and songs. On top of all this, it actually snows nightly inside the atrium on Holiday Lane.
All of these treats and programs are available to hotel guests and day visitors and all of the events which I've just described are free.
The world-class Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center covers 41.7 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland. Situated at the foot of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Gaylord National lies just off I-95 on the Capital Beltway at the I-295 interchange. Located eight miles due south of Washington, D.C., the resort hotel is just 15 minutes away from our nation's capital

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