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Best Resorts for Christmas Vacation in Texas

Best Resorts for Christmas Vacation in Texas

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 2021!

Celebrate Christmas Vacation in Texas

1. Christmas at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine

Christmas Getaways in Texas
Gaylord Texan, Photo by Flickr/Curtis Simmons

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 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022. It features ice skating, snow tubing, gingerbread house decorating, scavenger hut, Christmas-themed escape room, Christmas carousel, photos with Santa, a light show, build your own snowman (with real snow!) and so much more!

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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

Christmas Resorts in Texas
Ladybird Lawn at the Omni Barton Creek Resort, Photo Courtesy of Omni Resorts

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 Cowboy Santa Stories as well as Caroling and Cocktails. They also have letters to Santa kids at the concierge desk and a Winter Wonderland themed game room.

Don’t miss the Holiday in the Hills Light Trail which leads guests to Santa’s Magical Toy Shop where you can play glow-in-the-dark mini golf. On select dates, there will even be snow!

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. 

You can check out their full holiday calendar on their website.

3. Spend Christmas Vacation in Texas at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

Christmas Getaways in Texas
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, Photo by Tarlie Harris

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

Christmas Getaways in Texas include Moody Gardens
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Photo Courtesy of Galveston CVB

Moody Gardens hosts one the biggest Christmas experiences in the state from November 20, 2021 through January 2, 2022. 

There is a Rudolph 4D experience, an Arctic slide, train rides, S’mores, a four-story-tall dancing tree of light, Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show, evening boat cruises, 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 La Cantera Resort in San Antonio

La Cantera Resort during Christmas
Photo via La Cantera Resort

The La Cantera Resort‘s Hill Country Holiday kicks off with a family friendly tree lighting event in on December 2, 2021.

The fun continues with the How the Grinch Stole Brunch on December 4, 2021 at the SweetFire Kitchen. Proceeds for the Grinch Brunch will go to the Children’s Bearevement Center of San Antonio so you can have a fun meal while donating to a great cause.

The resort will also host holiday markets and a special Teddy Bear Tea.

6. Christmas Vacation in Texas at the Great Wold Lodge in Grapevine

Christmas Resorts in Texas include the Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge, Photo by Flickr/Massachusetts OTT

It’s snowing…indoors at Snowland from November 29, 2021 through January 2, 2022! 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!

Be sure to read our full article on Great Wolf Lodge’s Christmas offerings and check out our Great Wolf Lodge tips before you go!

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