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Christmas 2016 at Gaylord Palms by JD Andrews

There's so much to see and do during Christmas at Gaylord Palms:

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions and Story Time Sing-a-long. The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, Build-A-Bear Workshop, photos with Santa, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and so much more!

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

The very popular Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show!

ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

My daughter and I had so much fun seeing the Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show! She loved meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus the Peanuts characters! Of course my Florida girl was a little chilly in ICE but had a blast on the ice slide and snow tubing. This was our second year and we hope to make Christmas at Gaylord Palms a Daddy/Daughter tradition!

For more info: Christmas at Gaylord Palms 

Gaylord Hotels®, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands, offers extraordinary environments with “everything in one place”— diverse dining options, a full-service spa, pools, top-notch entertainment, shopping and more. Locations include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida; Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland; and The Inn at Opryland in Nashville. For more information, visit www.GaylordHotels.com.

Disclosure: Gaylord Palms hosted my daughter and I but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

First Time Skiing in Keystone Colorado by JD Andrews

Growing up in the mountains of Colorado I started skiing around four or five but my daughter is a 'beach girl' and has never even seen snow (she's not a fan of the cold). 

Her First Snow Angel 

Her First Snow Angel 

So I was very excited to take her to keystone Resort for her very first time skiing.

Perfect Day in Beautiful Keystone Colorado

Perfect Day in Beautiful Keystone Colorado

I knew the best option for her was beginner ski school. It's an all day lesson with lots of breaks for hot chocolate and even lunch.

First Time Skiing

First Time Skiing

I was a little worried she would get cold and want to quick or just become to tiered and frustrated. BUT to my amazement she loved it and wanted another lesson the next day! I knew this excitement was a result of the wonderful instructors at Keystone. Also there's Kidtopia which has tons of events each day for kids (and parents) to participate in.

The Bunny Course

The Bunny Course

On the third day we all skied together (on the bunny course) and I was blown away by how well my daughter could ski after only two lessons. Next year she wants to try snowboarding. I told her we would be at the same level since I've only snowboarded once and I didn't do so well.

Ready to Hit the Slopes

Ready to Hit the Slopes

The reason I wanted my daughters first "snow/ski' experience to be at Keystone was due to all the fun activities there are there.

Including ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.

 

We all created lasting memories and can't wait until next year!

 

Keystone Resort was kind enough to comp one day of lessons, lift tickets plus tickets for ice skating and the sleigh ride but as always, all opinion are completely my own.