Gaylord Texan prepares to open Winter Wonderland

Two weeks left until Gaylord Texan Resort’s holiday events open 

Online Tickets On-Sale Now 

Nov. 2, 2020 – Gaylord Texan Resort is busy preparing for its 17th annual Lone Star Christmas event opening on Friday, November 13. Overnight resort guests and local day visitors can pre-purchase individual tickets now for the full lineup of Christmas activities including a brand-new marquee pop-up exhibition, “I Love Christmas Movies”; brand-new 50,000 square foot outdoor holiday lanterns attraction, Yuletide Bright; and brand-new Build-Your-Own Snowman experience made with REAL snow in addition to fan-favorite activities including Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, Gingerbread Decorating, Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, and more.

Visitors will be enchanted by the resort’s four-and-a-half acres of magically decorated, airy indoor atriums showcasing two million twinkling holiday lights, 15,000 shimmering ornaments, a Polar Express themed miniature train set specially designed by Lionel Trains, strolling entertainers, and a brand-new 52-foot tall towering Christmas tree which features its own light show. A myriad of festive events and activities will include: 

“I Love Christmas Movies!” – BRAND NEW EVENT

Anchoring Christmas fun is I Love Christmas Movies, an exclusive multi-sensory pop-up exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies, including THE POLAR EXPRESS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, ELF, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, in a completely new way. All designed with social distancing measures at the forefront, as guests young and young-at-heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy 15 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story.

Yuletide Bright – NEW OUTDOOR EVENT

Evoking a heart-warming feeling of Christmas, the enchanting Yuletide Bright outdoor holiday lanterns attraction will display over 50,000-square-feet of colorful, glowing holiday-themed lanterns, characters and scenes for visitors to journey through outside; under the Texas stars.

Additional Holiday Favorite Activities

Guests can take a thrilling ride down the Snow Tubing hill made with real snow, glide on the Ice-Skating Rink made with real ice, enjoy snowy fun in a Build-Your-Own-Snowman activity using real snow (brand new this year!), take a spin on the Christmas Carousel, flex their critical thinking skills in two holiday-themed Escape Rooms, divulge in a delicious buffet at the Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, and complete holiday-themed art in the Christmas Craft Studio. In addition, the resort will also offer Photos with Santa by DEI; Build-A-Bear Workshop®; Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, a live retelling of the Christmas Classic ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas; a Mistletoe Mile Scavenger Hunt; and more.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, Lone Star Christmas has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program, and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation.

Lone Star Christmas will run November 13th, 2020 – January 3, 2021. To purchase event tickets or book a holiday room package, visit For more information on the I Love Christmas Movies exhibition, visit Advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events.

For 50% off tickets to the “I Love Christmas Movies” experience, visit and enter promo code GAYLORD. Offer valid between 11/13-11/26, 11/29-12/4, 12/6-12/11, 12/13-12/18, 12/20-12/25, 12/27-1/3. Offer valid for listed dates only. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Tickets must be purchased online. Limit of 10 tickets per purchaser. Not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply.

Submitted press release, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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