Gaylord Texan employees and a special dragon performer welcomed 40 master ice carvers who arrived from Harbin, China to begin hand-carving 2 million lbs of ice into Gaylord Texan's 15th annual ICE! attraction featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
From Nov. 9 to Jan. 1, visitors will feel as though they have been transported to the North Pole as they walk through the 2 million-pound winter wonderland kept at a wintry nine degrees.
The ice for ICE! is created using a special "recipe". Three types of ice are used in the making of the ICE! attraction. Clear ice is used to look like crystal or diamond, white ice is used to look like snow, and a rainbow of colored ice (9 colors in total) is used for highlighting and accenting many of the sculptures.