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About This Episode

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang are the stars of the holiday celebration at Gaylord Palms Resort, as “ICE!” returns for 2023. The heartwarming, animated feature “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be brought to life Nov. 17, 2023 through Jan. 3, 2024, by a team of 40 artisans who carved the characters out of 2 million pounds of ice to create the nearly 20,000-square-foot attraction.

Kept at an arctic 9 degrees Fahrenheit, “ICE!” includes other classic Peanuts characters like Lucy, Sally, Linus, and Peppermint Patty, as well as Charlie Brown’s famous little Christmas tree. Creating the attraction is a team of world-renowned carvers that traveled more than 7,000 miles from Harbin, China, to Kissimmee, Fla. Known as “Ice City,” Harbin is no stranger to elaborate ice carvings – it’s home to the world’s largest annual ice and snow sculpting festival in the world. At Gaylord Palms, artisans carved approximately 6,700 blocks of ice – each weighing 300 pounds – into the larger-than-life, whimsical scenes. Carvers used tools of all shapes and sizes, including chainsaws, chisels, tongs, handsaws, hand tools and grinders, to bring “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to life. Colored ice (created by a chemist who mixes special food colorings to ensure the ice maintains its vivid color the entire season), crystal clear ice, and colorful LED lights are all used to create the massive display.