By John Domen

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (CBSDC) – The final touches are being made to Gaylord National’s ICE, which opens up next weekend and runs through January 6th.

Inside, you’ll find about two million pounds of ice – five-thosusand blocks, each weighing about 400 pounds – carved up by about 40 artists from Harbin, China, where they’re known for carving out a 300 acre city of ice sculptures that can go 10 stories high.

This theme of this year’s event at National Harbor is Shrek the Halls, which means lots of sculptures of everyone’s favorite green ogre.


You’ll also find an ice slide for kids and adults to travel down.  The event is staged in a tent kept at a chilly 9 degrees Fahrenheit across from the hotel.

You’re encouraged to bring a hat and gloves, and your ticket includes the use of a parka to help keep you warm inside, even if it’s also warm outside.

Other featured sculptures include a 30-foot long Pink Dragon and a life-size version of Shrek’s tree-stump home. This is the fourth year of ICE at National Harbor.  For tickets, click here or call (301) 965-4000 or visit the ICE!


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