While I generally find Opryland crowded yet also somehow vaguely empty-feeling, the big “but” is the holidays, during which the place is transformed into a winter wonderland of epic proportions. With more than 3 million holiday lights and acres of decorations, this is Clark Griswold's dream scenario (and maybe also his nightmare depending upon the crowd). Every year the hotel puts on ICE!, an adventure using 2 million pounds of ice to create colorful ice sculptures hand-carved by 40 Chinese artisans including several two-story ice slides. Themes vary, but recent ones include the magic of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” There is also snowtubing, where you can race your friends and family down a five-lane tubing hill covered in 1[bf]1/2 million pounds of snow. If that’s not enough, they’ve got a 7,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, photos with Santa, teacup rides, Build-A-Bear workshops, nativity scenes, carriage rides, gingerbread decorating, breakfast with the Grinch, and riverboat cruises. Live shows, from Cirque du Soleil to the Rockettes to Trace Adkins, round out the packed itinerary.