Grapevine, Texas Christmas | Your Guide to the Christmas Capital of Texas

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Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, is a small town that knows how to big-time celebrate! Grapevine’s Christmas celebrations include over 1,400 Christmas events throughout the holiday season. The festivities are so grand that the city was awarded the World Festival & Event City Award in 2012. We’ve got the inside scoop on all the best events, things to see, and places to stay. So come on down and have yourself a merry little Grapevine, Texas Christmas. Updated for 2019!

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Grapevine, Texas Christmas: The Gaylord Texan

Grapevine Texas Christmas
Ice at the Gaylord Texan | Photo by Flickr/Eccentric Jeff

If Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas, then her White House is the Gaylord Texan Resort and Spa. The opulent beauty of the Gaylord Texan lights up over the holidays, transforming into a shimmering jewel adorned with over a million holiday lights. It’s truly a sight to behold.

Think it’s tough to find a white Christmas in Texas? Thing again! The Lonestar Christmas at Gaylord Texan can give you that and so much more. The event runs from November 15th to January 5th and includes ice sculptures, ice skating, snow tubing, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Clause, and gingerbread house decorating. The ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas exhibit welcomes you into the world of Charlie Brown at Christmastime, complete with a parka and below freezing temperatures. 

Grapevine, Texas Christmas: The Great Wolf Lodge

Grapevine Texas Christmas
Great Wolf Lodge | Photo by Flickr/Michael Lewkowitz

Don’t miss SNOWLAND! Where else can you spend all day riding water slides in 84 degree water, then watch snow fall indoors, dine inside a life sized gingerbread house, and go to bed in a tent cabin? That’s right, at the Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine, you can have your Christmas pudding and eat it too. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your winter break with the kids, a night or two at the Great Wolf Lodge will leave your kids begging for more. 

We have a complete guide to Great Wolf Lodge Christmas and Snowland that you don’t want to miss! We also have some great Great Wolf Lodge Tips

Grapevine, Texas Christmas: Holiday Events for Shoppers

Christmas Capital of Texas
Historic Main Street | Photo by Flickr/MarkScottAustinTX

Step back in time on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Victorian-style buildings dress up with ribbons and bows and are set aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. This mile-long stretch of quaint store fronts is filled with unique gifts and treats.

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll also find Santa and a whole cast of jolly Christmas characters on Main Street. Hop on a complimentary carriage ride, play a reindeer game with Santa, or enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride. Our favorite stop on Main Street is Vetro Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery, for an up close look at the art of glass blowing and a keepsake ornament. 

At the SEA LIFE Aquarium in the Grapevine Mills Mall, Santa takes to the water in scuba gear and makes his way to the rain forest for breakfast and photographs. At the LEGO Discovery Center, kids can design their very own LEGO ornaments. 

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Grapevine, Texas Christmas Events

Grapevine, Texas isn’t called the Christmas Capital of Texas for nothing! There seems to be an endless list of special performances, parades, Santa meetings, and holiday train rides. Highlights include the Carol of Lights on November 25th, the Grapevine Christmas Passport Elf Adventure, and a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. For a full listing of all the festivities, dates, and times, visit the Grapevine Christmas Capital website.

Find more Christmas events near you! Trekaroo has guides for dozens of cities across the country.

Featured Image by: Flickr/Alex Butterfield

Disclosure: My visit to Grapevine, Texas was part of a media trip organized by the Grapevine, Texas CVB. However, as always, the opinions expressed are my own.

 

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LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl and recently traveled through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2 and a half year old.

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