Artists carve 2 million pounds of ice at Gaylord Opryland - WSMV News 4

Artists carve 2 million pounds of ice at Gaylord Opryland

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

While many people are still getting over a sugar high from Halloween, Gaylord Opryland is already looking ahead to Christmas.

The resort gave News 4 a behind-the-scenes look Wednesday as artists prepare for its annual holiday celebration. 

Forty artists from China have spent the last few weeks in Nashville hand carving 2 million pounds of ice for part of the resort's ICE! attraction. This year's theme is "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The ice ships in 400-pound blocks. The artists use chisels and chainsaws to carve the characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucky and Snoopy. Food coloring is used to turn the ice into vibrant colors.

"It's incredible how realistic they look. You feel like you're walking through the cartoon ... all these vibrant colors," said Gaylord Opryland Marketing Manager Rob Regg. "If you're here with your family, we definitely encourage you to bring your camera in."

Anyone who attends will be given a coat because the room must be kept at 9 degrees. Opryland officials recommend bringing gloves and wearing warm clothing.

You can buy tickets by going to ChristmasGaylordOpryland.com or by calling 1-888-677-9872.

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