For a heady dose of holiday spirit, dive into Opryland.
Mary Margaret Chambliss
Many holiday activities raise your spirits; one really promises to chill you out. Most of you have read or seen How the Grinch Stole Christmas! But you haven’t had the ultimate Dr. Seuss experience until you meet the green grump carved in ice. Put on a parka―loaned to you upon admission―and enter ICE!, a frozen world located in the Gaslight Theater. The attraction will be back next year, but this is the last time you’ll see the Grinch and Who-ville, carved by Chinese craftsmen from huge, brilliantly hued blocks of ice. There are even frigid sliding boards to try. Afterward, leave the 18-degree area, and grab a cup of hot chocolate in the adjoining gift shop. Are you smiling yet?