June 16, 2024

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Introduces ICE! for a Magical Christmas Celebration

SAN ANTONIO – April 4, 2024 – The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is set to sprinkle even more magic into the holiday season with the debut of ICE! This cherished tradition, entering its 24th year, will make its San Antonio premiere, enchanting guests with the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™. The event, initially unveiled at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., in 2001, will be hosted at six resorts nationwide, with each featuring a unique theme.

More than 2 million pounds of ice will be meticulously sculpted by master artisans from Harbin, China, into scenes and characters from the beloved tale of the Grinch. Guests will embark on an immersive journey through walk-through scenes, encounter two-story ice slides, traverse awe-inspiring passageways, and capture memorable moments amidst the frosty landscape. To brave the chill, visitors will don the signature blue parkas provided by the attraction, as the experience is maintained at a frosty 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

ICE! will be the newest addition to the resort’s annual Hill Country Christmas festivities, running from November 23, 2024, to January 5, 2025. The resort’s sprawling 600-acre property will be transformed into a festive wonderland, inviting guests to indulge in a Texas-sized extravaganza of holiday activities and enchanting decorations.

Preparing for the debut of ICE!, a team of 40 master carvers will embark on a remarkable 7,000-mile journey from Harbin, China, dedicating approximately 30 days to sculpting this nearly 20,000-square-foot marvel. These skilled artisans will craft a bespoke ice exhibit, spanning more than ten rooms, and featuring larger-than-life depictions of iconic characters including The Grinch™, his faithful dog Max, Cindy-Lou Who, and numerous festive Whos from Who-ville. The experience will also boast thrilling two-story ice slides, abundant photo opportunities, and a life-size Nativity scene.

Crafted from 6,700 massive blocks of ice over 12,000 hours, the intricate carvings range from minute details to towering scenes exceeding 30 feet in height. A state-of-the-art chilling system maintains the attraction at a chilly 9 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring the integrity of the ice sculptures.

“We are thrilled to introduce the legendary ICE! experience as the centerpiece of our Hill Country Christmas celebration at JW Marriott San Antonio this year,” said Doug Gennardo, General Manager. “It’s a great honor to share a 20 plus year Christmas tradition and memorable holiday experiences with our resort guests and the city of San Antonio.”

For those seeking a festive holiday getaway, advance online reservations for ICE! Stay & Play Packages are available. These exclusive holiday packages include overnight accommodations and two tickets to ICE! for each night’s stay. Additionally, guests can enhance their experience by adding a round of golf to their package.

All Hill Country Christmas activities, including ICE!, are open to both resort guests and the general public. Tickets for ICE! Featuring Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™ will be available for purchase in the summer. For more information about ICE! and other holiday experiences, visit Ice.Marriott.com.

Guests are encouraged to book an overnight stay to fully indulge in the resort’s luxury amenities, including the 9-acre River Bluff Water Experience, TPC San Antonio PGA TOUR golf courses, Lantana Spa, award-winning culinary offerings, Topgolf Swing Suite, sports courts, walking trails, and breathtaking Texas night skies.

This holiday season, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa invites guests to immerse themselves in a world of enchantment and create unforgettable memories with loved ones.

Find the latest information on the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Website