Planning a Christmas vacation in Texas this year? We’ve got the ultimate list of family resorts in Texas that go all out for the holiday season. Resorts like the Gaylord Texan and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country host some of the most festive light displays, Santa sightings, and holiday entertainment in the state.
Get ready to be surrounded by the Christmas spirit on your next Christmas getaway in Texas because these resorts bring it right to your doorstep! Updated for 2020!
Christmas Vacation in Texas
1. Christmas at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine
In December, the entire Gaylord Texan Resort transforms into a magical land of holiday enchantment! From rotating Christmas trees to two million lights and a life-size gingerbread house, you will be completely immersed in holiday cheer at this resort.
Lonestar Christmas at Gaylord Texan runs in November 13 through January 3, 2021. It features ice skating, snow tubing, gingerbread house decorating, and the massively popular ICE! exhibit.
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This exhibit features world-class ice sculptures, with the theme changing from year to year. If you can’t make it this year, definitely put this resort on your bucket list for Christmas getaways in Texas!
See what else is going on in Grapevine, Texas this Christmas season.
2. Christmas at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin
The Barton Creek Resort & Spa reopened in the spring of 2019 after a multi-million dollar renovation. It debuted a new and improved pool complex, multiple golf courses, and seven on-site restaurants.
For the holiday season, the resort hosts stories with Mrs. Claus, an elf-on-the-shelf scavenger hunt for families, complimentary hot chocolate on weekend evenings, and a Snow Globe Winter Wonderland on weekends in December.
Note: Check with hotel for updated Covid adjustments to their usual holiday schedule.
3. Christmas Vacation in Texas at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort
This JW Marriott is decked out for the holiday season in exquisite taste. The coordinating lights and music on the grounds inspire holiday cheer at every turn.
Want to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves? How about reindeer? At JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, you can join them for breakfast!
Celebrate the holidays in style this year, without foregoing the fun. Enjoy a full day packed with holiday activities from making keepsake ornaments to taking a hayride or working on a gingerbread craft with your little ones.
Spend Saturday morning seeing if you can win the sandy snowman contest, or send the teens off for a virtual reality holiday experience. Of course, adults can tee-up at the golf course, indulge in a sugar cookie body scrub, and top the day off with a Rudolphtini.
4. Christmas at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston
Moody Gardens hosts one the biggest Christmas experiences in the state from November 21, 2020 through January 2, 2021.
There is a Rudolph 4D experience, an Arctic slide, train rides, S’mores, a four-story-tall dancing tree of light, and the Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights is a walking trail filled with treats, activities, and carolers.
Stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel for a front seat pass to ALL of the action. Plan on spending a week here, you’re going to need it!
5. Christmas at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio
The Westin La Cantera’s Hill Country Holiday kicks off with a family friendly tree lighting event in early December, anchored by a live jazz band. The fun continues with the How the Grinch Stole Brunch and a Gingerbread House Decorating Party. All three of these events contribute some of the proceeds to local San Antonio charities.
Throughout the month of December, families can enjoy sunset s’mores and cocoa, roaming carolers, guided Christmas craft activities, an elf-on-the-shelf scavenger hunt, and a personal elf turn-down. It really doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
Note: This experience may have been altered or cancelled for 2020. No recent information was available as of 11/2/2020. We suggest giving the resort a call for the most up to date information.
6. Christmas Vacation in Texas at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine
It’s snowing…indoors at Snowland from November 29, 2020 through January 2, 2021! At Great Wolf Lodge, you can play in the indoor water park AND the snow in the lobby!
Great Wolf Lodge will impress you the moment you see the enormous wolf statues at the front door, but its grandeur doesn’t end there. The lobby is a giant forest complete with a tree house and picture windows looking onto the water park.
In addition to the normal activities like a wolf walk and pajama story time, kids can race a polar bear down a water slide, meet Santa, play reindeer games, and dance the night away at the Snowland Snowball Family Dance Party. Your children will be talking about this trip for years to come!
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