Have you been to the Christmas Capital of Texas? The charming city of Grapevine, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is home to more than 1,400 events over 40 days. Highlights include snow tubing, a Scuba Diving Santa, and the North Pole Express® on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. A Grapevine TX Christmas vacation is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming season.
I’ve been to Grapevine TX, although not during the holidays. I fell in love with this charming city, and would love to experience a Grapevine Christmas at some point. Since it’s actually the home of the DFW Airport, it’s easy to access from many American cities.
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Christmas Activities in Grapevine, Texas
The Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas Featuring ICE! and Santa’s Wild Workshop Snowtubing
From now through January 1, 2019, the Gaylord Texan (Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center) is presenting their annual Lone Star Christmas Event. It includes dozens of holiday displays (with over 2 million lights), ICE! (a 14,000 square-foot attraction), and Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing.
This year’s ICE! is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer themed, and it offers ice sculptures, an ice skating rink, and an ice bar. It’s open to everyone – not just guests of the hotel – but there is an admission fee, even if you are staying at the resort.
I’ve stayed at the Gaylord Texan twice, but not during the holiday season. However, I did get to experience the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer ICE! several years ago at the Gaylord Opryland. It’s fabulous, and definitely not to be missed!
North Pole Express® – Ride the rails aboard Grapevine’s North Pole Express, presented by Great Wolf Lodge!
Kids can ride the festively decorated Grapevine Vintage Railroad coaches to the North Pole. The train ventures to Reindeer Ridge, where Ms. Claus boards the train and gives each child a “We Believe” silver Santa Bell. At the North Pole, guests can disembark and walk to Santa’s Workshop, where Santa serves a Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk. Finally, each family gets a voucher for a free family photo with Santa. This is such a special experience for kids, and definitely worth doing if you’ve got younger kids.
A Bricktacular Holiday at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and Dive Into Action at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
Meet LEGO® Santa at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Holiday Bricktacular, which will be held on December 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grapevine Mills Mall.
Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge
Visitors to the Grapevine Great Wolf Lodge can experience the famous always-84-degree indoor waterpark (the largest indoor waterpark in Texas), along with special visits from Santa,a life-size Gingerbread House, a nightly Snowland-themed Story Time and much more. Snowland takes place from
Want to see a show? The Palace Theatre in downtown Grapevine offers Christmas concerts and movies during the holidays. Movies include holiday classics like Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life.
You can also walk down the beautiful Main Street in Grapevine and enjoy the holiday lights. There are some great shops, where you can continue (or start) your Christmas shopping.
On December 6th, you can enjoy the Parade of Lights, which is the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. There are several other parades taking place during the celebration, including the Carol of Lights and the Twinkle Light Boat Parade.
Of course, you’ll definitely want to get photos with Santa. During the Grapevine TX Christmas celebration, they are offered from Thanksgiving Weekend through Christmas Eve. It’s recommended that you book your session in advance on the Grapevine website. There are also pet-friendly dates if you want to include your furry friend in your Christmas pictures.
There are many, many more Christmas activities in Grapevine, Texas during their Christmas celebration, including a Christmas wine train.. Visit the Grapevine, Texas website for more information. If you are planning to stay in Grapevine, here are two hotels we recommend: