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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 engulfed by the Christmas spirit on your next Christmas getaway in Texas because these resorts bring it right to your doorstep!
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine
In December, the entire Gaylord Texan Resort transforms into a magical land of holiday enchantment! From rotating Christmas trees to 2 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 and December. It features ice skating, snow tubing, gingerbread house decorating, and the massively popular ICE! exhibit. 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!
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Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 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.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio
The JW Marriott resort is decked out for the holiday season in exquisite taste. The lights and music all over 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.
Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston
Moody Gardens hosts two of the biggest Christmas events in the state – Ice Land and the Festival of Lights. Ice Land depicts Christmas traditions around the world in two million pounds of ice! The Festival of Lights is a walking trail filled with treats, cheer, 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!
The Westin La Cantera Resort, 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!
Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine
It’s snowing…indoors!! At Great Wolf Lodge, there isn’t only a water park indoors. During the holiday’s, it snows in the lobby! Great Wolf Lodge will impress you the moment you step out of your car with its enormous wolf statues at the entrance of the hotel, but its grandeur doesn’t end there. The lobby is a giant forest complete with a tree house and large picture windows looking down into the water park. My children loved the wolf walk, where they learned how to howl like wolves, and the pajama story time. In addition to the normal activities, children can walk inside the life-size gingerbread house, race a polar bear down a waterslide, meet Santa, and attend the North Pole University! Be prepared though, your children will be talking about this trip for years to come!
For a bird’s eye view of Christmas, the New York Audubon Society joins the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines to introduce the Christmas Bird Count! Bird lovers of all ages can enjoy keynote speakers, crafts, activities, and excursions. Then at night, snuggle up to your special someone (which could be a pajama clad kiddo), and enjoy an evening campfire with complimentary s’mores!