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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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.