September 30th, 2019

Two Stops for Holiday Fun

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Written by: rscott


It may still be warm outside but before we know it the holidays will be here. This year, kick it up a notch and share experiences with the family that will create memories for a lifetime.

First on our holiday stop is the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. They’re prepared to light the way with more than 3 million holiday lights and those lights need to be ready by November 8 when A Country Christmas (presented by Pepsi) kicks off. A Country Christmas runs through Jan. 1, 2020.

To bring A Country Christmas to life, a group of ice experts from Harbin (located in Northeast China) will create ICE! This year’s ICE! theme is A Christmas Story. Scenes from this beloved tale include The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare, the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole and many more. Along with the incredible scenes, you’ll enjoy four two-story tall ice slides and a separate area dedicated specifically to a Nativity presented in crystal-clear ice.

Along with ICE!, visitors will love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, a 9,000-square-foot ice skating rink for guests to take a yuletide glide or watch big jumps, fast spins, awe-inspiring throws and lifts during Rockin’ Christmas on Ice skating champions show. Additional attractions include a tubing hill, a gingerbread decorating corner, carriage rides and more.  Holiday guests can also enjoy SoundWaves resort water attraction, fusing music and water to create an exclusive modern oasis with something for everyone-from incredible thrill rides to relaxing indulgences.

For more fun with A Christmas Story, travel to Cleveland to visit the A Christmas Story House. It has been restored and is open year round for public tours (and even overnight stays). Across the street visitors can enjoy the A Christmas Story Museum which features original props, costumes and more.

When visiting the A Christmas Story House, choose the four-star Westin Downtown Cleveland for your hotel needs. The Westin Downtown Cleveland is easily located close to a number of attractions such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a mall and professional sports stadiums. All rooms include the Westin’s Heavenly® beds, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffee makers. For those that prefer to travel with their four-legged friends, you’ll appreciate that the Westin Downtown Cleveland welcomes them (40 lbs. and less) as well. Just bring their bed and bowl. Outside of the room, you’ll workout in one of Cleveland’s largest hotel fitness rooms (open 24-hours), enjoy locally-sourced ingredients and beers from the Urban Farmer Steakhouse, a bar and a Starbucks and so much more.

An innovative experience by The Westin Downtown Cleveland supports local artists. A variety of paintings and sculptures by Cleveland artists are displayed in the lobby and a dedicated app allows visitors to learn about each piece.

To learn more about these two incredible Marriott properties:

Visit or call 1-888-677-9872 to learn more about A Country Christmas packages and information.

Visit or call 216-771-7700 to learn more about their year-round offers and reservations.

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