The calendar may say “October”, but artisans and sculptors are already hard at work crafting the intricate decor for the Gaylord Palm’s annual ICE! festival. The theme for this year’s Christmas event is “Shrek the Halls”, but you’ll see plenty of other Dreamworks characters on hand, including the penguins of Madagascar and characters from Kung Fu Panda.

Shrek the Halls

Visit the Gaylord Palms this holiday season for the annual ICE! fest.

Sculptors are hard at work converting over two million pounds of ice to a frozen wonderland of Dreamworks-themed fun. The icy playground will take about a month to complete, and features clear, white, and colorful sculptures, attractions, and slides, all protected from the Orlando sun.

ICE! is an annual holiday event with a different theme each year. This year’s “Shrek the Halls/Dreamworks” focus promises to be a family-friendly and fun addition to any Orlando vacation. In addition to ice sculptures and slides, the Christmas at the Gaylord Palms includes Santa visits, a Kung Fu Panda snow playground, live entertainment, and character greetings, and a gingerbread decorating area hosted by “Gingy” from the Shrek films.

You do not have to stay at the Gaylord Palms to enjoy ICE! or the Christmas events. The events are scheduled to run from November 16, 2011- to January 2, 2012, and tickets are required.

“Shrek the Halls” and ICE! are well worth a visit, particularly if you are in town for the holidays, and want to visit with some rarely seen Dreamworks characters.