Pics: Surrounded by ICE! at National Harbor

Every year ice sculptors create a walk-through winter wonderland at National Harbor. See what's waiting inside this year's Merry Madagascar.

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The Gaylord National Resort (201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Md.) at the National Harbor hosts an icy wonderland for the holidays -- including a skating rink, ice slides and sculptures.
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Train rides here are way more fun than the Metro.
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Ice sculptors re-created "Madagascar" characters for 2011's ICE! theme, Merry Madagascar. The ice displays are open daily through Jan. 8. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 4-12.
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All in all, two million pounds of ice has been sculpted into Christmas icons, holiday scenes and the animals of the "Madagascar."
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Ice slides: How to pretend you're still a kid.
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The ice is held at a chilly nine degrees. Winter coats will be provided if you don't bring your own.
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Gingy hosts gingerbread decorating daily through Jan. 8.
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A family enjoys a train ride at ICE! at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor.
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