Charlie Brown Gets Iced In the Summer Heat
Gaylord Opryland begins hanging A Country Christmas lights and announces ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz
Gaylord Opryland Resort's A Country Christmas will for the 26th year make memories that will last a lifetime for the thousands of people who travel from around the world to experience the most written-about holiday resort entertainment, décor and food in America. The iconic resort began hanging its signature 2-million lights today and will not finish until A Country Christmas begins in November. The decorators were "assisted" by Gaylord Opryland's new holiday residents, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, who adorned Charlie Brown's own tree, as the new A Charlie Brown Christmas theme for the resort's famed ICE! attraction was announced for the first time.
Called one of the "Ten Great Places to Catch up with Santa" by USA Today; hailed as "The Most Christmassy Hotel in the Nation" by the Travel Channel's Extreme Christmas; named one of the top ten places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine; and referred to as a "Nashville treasure" by Southern Living magazine, the Christmas experience at Gaylord Opryland is unparalleled.
In addition to the frequently photographed outdoor decorations and lights, A Country Christmas includes more than a dozen shows and attractions, including an all-new interactive ice sculpture world, ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes; plus, Louise Mandrell's 'Joy to the World' Christmas Dinner and Show, A Country Christmas on the Cumberland and much more. Dates for various shows and attractions vary, but overall, A Country Christmas begins Nov. 20, 2009 and runs through Jan. 2, 2010.
Some of the top shows and attractions of A Country Christmas 2009 include:
New! ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz
A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of America's most beloved and most successful television Christmas classics, is being brought to Nashville, Tenn. by Gaylord Opryland Resort for the world's first and only ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. The NEW, colorful, interactive ice sculpture world will tell the story of Charlie Brown and his friends as he asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?," and they discover the answer together. From the first scene on the ice-skating pond to the transformation of Charlie Brown's tree, the uplifting story will be brought to life in 2 million pounds of ice, creating new treasured memories from Charles Schulz's quintessential 1965 animated production. The Peanuts characters' sculptures, slides and rooms literally constructed of ice, will be hand-carved by artisans brought to the resort from Harbin, China, which is home to the internationally famous Harbin Ice Festival. ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz, presented by Coca-Cola, and also sponsored by Haagen-Daz and Delta Dental of Tennessee, runs Nov. 20, 2009 through Jan.2, 2010.
New! Breakfast with Charlie Brown
Begin a day filled with holiday festivities by having breakfast with one of the world's most lovable losers, Charlie Brown. The star of this year's ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas will join families and Peanuts-loving friends for a NEW and delicious breakfast event Fridays through Sundays during Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in 2009.
He'll share hugs and be ready for photographs as he visits from table to table, spreading his eternal faith in finding people who recognize "what Christmas is really all about." Breakfast with Charlie Brown will be held in the resort's signature Ristorante Volare, located in the Garden Conservatory Atrium, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast is $14.95 for kids 3-11 and $24.95 for adults. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 1-888-999-6779.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The beautiful and talented precision dancers, the Radio City Rockettes, return to their home away from home, the Grand Ole Opry House, for their eighth season performing as part of the world-famous A Country Christmas. For more than 75 years, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has captivated audiences around the country. Now a Nashville tradition, the production, straight from New York, will again feature the world's finest precision dance troupe displaying some of the most challenging kicks and dance moves and the most memorable family entertainment available on stage in America. It is a full-scale spectacle complete with dazzling scenery and costumes, dancing teddy bears and a living Nativity, as well as a cast and crew of nearly 100 members. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be performed Nov. 20 through Dec. 27, 2009.
Louse Mandrell's 'Joy to the World' Christmas and Dinner Show®
A Country Christmas visitors flocked to Gaylord Opryland Resort's magnificent Delta Ballroom theater to watch country music artist Louise Mandrell entertain with singing and dancing, comedy and drumming last year, and in 2009, Louise Mandrell's 'Joy to the World' Christmas and Dinner Show® returns after sold-out crowds and glowing reviews. "I've seen my share of entertainers, but I don't believe I've seen anyone with as much energy and spunk as Louise Mandrell. I'd even say Louise Mandrell gives the Rockettes a run for their money," said Whitney Self, CMT.com. This traditional holiday production features the multi-talented Mandrell and her band as they bring a combination of lively Christmas music, choreography and comedy to the stage in an instrumental journey around the world. The unforgettable menu, created by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs, includes hearty comfort food, served family-style. The show runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 25, 2009.
Tim Watson's Tennessee Christmas
The magic and joy of the holiday season will be glowing on the General Jackson. Friends and family will gather around the table for a holiday lunch served family-style in bottomless bowls onboard the famous showboat's midday cruises. After lunch, Tim Watson and his band will offer a Christmas show chockfull of holiday songs. And in Tim's well-known style, he will have everyone laughing or singing along throughout the cruise. Delicious and delightful. Humorous and heartwarming. Experience Christmastime in Tennessee onboard the General Jackson Showboat for Tim Watson's Tennessee Christmas. The show runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 25, 2009.
New! A Country Christmas on the Cumberland
A one-of-a-kind holiday experience awaits on the General Jackson Showboat with A Country Christmas on the Cumberland. Some of Nashville's most talented performers and musicians will entertain with a heart-warming show filled with country holiday classics and contemporary songs of the season. It all takes place in a glittering two-story, Victorian-style theater and begins with a delicious, three-course holiday dinner served family-style. A Country Christmas on the Cumberland will become a holiday tradition families will want to continue for years to come. The show runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 25, 2009.
The Four Greatest Nativities at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas
Nowhere does the meaning of Christmas shine more brightly than at Gaylord Opryland Resort's A Country Christmas, where the Four Greatest Nativities are visited by thousands each year. The Outdoor Nativity on the resort's iconic Magnolia Lawn is surrounded by two million sparkling lights. The 50 white statues, some of which are eight feet tall, depict the story of the legendary trip to Bethlehem. A second glistening Nativity is located in ICE!, which in 2009, is a theater full of 2 million pounds of giant ice sculptures telling the story of the A Charlie Brown Christmas. The main theme may change from year to year, but each year many return to ICE! just to see the grand finale, nine-degree room where a larger-than-life Nativity is displayed with special theatrical lighting, all hand-carved from massive blocks of sparkling clear ice. The third and equally spectacular Nativity is located in Opryland's breathtaking Delta Atrium gardens. These characters are 15-feet tall and look like stained-glass but are actually cloth-like puppets. And the fourth display may be the grandest of them all. It is actually the world-famous living Nativity, as performed by the Radio City Rockettes and cast in the last scene of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Gaylord Opryland for the eighth year. With majestic costumes and real animals, the story of the birth of Christ is told in a way many say they will always remember. A visit to the Four Greatest Nativities at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas is a dramatic way to mark this great holiday.
New! A Country Christmas Delta River Cruise
New this year, A Country Christmas Delta River Cruises take visitors on a scenic river cruise on a Mississippi-style river flatboat. Delight in the spectacular lights and sights of Gaylord Opryland Resort's Delta Atrium Christmas decorations while listening to the some of the most popular holiday songs ever recorded and hearing about the history of A Country Christmas and everything included in this world-famous celebration for 2009. All of this takes place onboard one of the most unique indoor river boats in the world. This unforgettable Opryland experience will radiate with holiday spirit and is just the thing to get the holiday joy flowing.
It is a wonderland of glistening Christmas trees with thrilling prizes, gingerbread houses dripping with icing, treasures for shoppers to hide or to share and a train to show kids that Santa is near. It's called Winter Wonderland, and it is a popular holiday hotspot within Gaylord Opryland Resort's A Country Christmas. All of these holiday delights, including a gingerbread decorating corner, visits and photos with Santa Claus, the charity-focused Hall of Trees and the 26-year-tradition of the Treasures for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Show are in one convenient location for holiday revelers who want to do it all. The dates for attractions in Winter Wonderland vary between Nov. 20 and Dec. 24, 2009.
Gaylord Opryland's Rock-A-Billy Christmas is a wild and wailing, fun and colorful free show, with all of the rockin' classic Christmas tunes of the 1950s. Rock-A-Billy Christmas is a not-to-be-missed feature of A Country Christmas that includes the live band Hillbilly Casino, dancing girls, floating icebergs and Santa's lost sleigh, all located atop the beautiful waters of the resort's famous Cascades Atrium. Rock-A-Billy Christmas will be performed multiple times Wednesday through Sunday nights from Nov. 20 through Dec. 25, 2009.
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To purchase packages or purchase tickets or learn more about A Country Christmas, visit www.ChristmasatGaylordOpryland.com or call 1-888-999-OPRY (6779).
About "A Country Christmas"
Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas® is proud to present ICE!™, featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz and presented by Coca-Cola. This is the Only SHOW like it in the USA! The colorful, interactive ice sculpture world tells the story of Charlie Brown and his friends as he asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?," and they discover the answer together. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular®, starring the world-famous Radio City Rockettes® is back with dazzling costumes, brilliant choreography and favorite scenes, such as the "Living Nativity" and the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers." There are Louise Mandrell's 'Joy to the World' Christmas Dinner & Show™, the General Jackson® Showboat, Treasures For The Holidays Craft Show; Santa's E-mail; Carriage Rides; Photos with Santa; Brightest Star Fountain Show; Hall of Trees and nearly two million Christmas lights. It's everything Christmas and all at Gaylord Opryland®.
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