Shrek, Merry Madagascar ice show comes to National Habor

Gaylord Hotels and DreamWorks Entertainment are teaming up in a promotion at the four Gaylord properties — including Gaylord National at National Harbor, on the Potomac nearWashington.

Shrek, Fiona, Alex the Lion, Po, King Julien, Puss in Boots, a couple of oversized penguins and other characters from DreamWorks Animation will visit the Gaylord resorts starting Nov. 21 and continuing through Jan. 8.

Every winter, the Gaylord Hotels present Ice!, featuring 2 million pounds of ice sculptures, including a hand-carved house through which guests can walk. This year's theme at the National is Merry Madagascar.

Special holiday weekends, summer vacations, birthdays and other themed activities are scheduled at other times of the year. Meetings and conventions represent about 80 percent of the business at the Gaylord properties.

A welcome package with amenities will be provided for each rented room, seasonal menus will be offered at the restaurants and merchandise will be available at the shops. Strolling carolers, too.

Available at Gaylord National from Nov. 18 through Jan. 8, a two-night package that includes admission to Ice!, interactive character meals with Shrek, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots starts at $199 per person, double occupancy, plus tax, resort fee and parking for two nights.

Some of these options are available only to guests on the DreamWorks packages, some are available for a fee to other hotels' guests, and some are not available at all to non-guests. Rates for children are $89 (13 and older), $69 (ages 4 to 12), and free for younger ones. Weekend rates and nights closer to the holidays may be more expensive. More details are at

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