One of our favorite cities in North Texas turns into a Christmas fairytale each season. Grapevine, the Christmas Capitol of Texas hosts over 1400 Christmas events in 40 days, my friends! Christmas events began back on November 8 and last until December 31st, so if you are looking for something fun to do with the entire family, look no further.
Grapevine has something for every age in mind, from the wee ones with Santa sparkling in their minds to special date night events. Take a look:
Grapevine Vintage Railroad offers the North Pole Express “ We love this classic Christmas experience, making it a tradition for our kiddos each year when they were younger. Beginning with pre-boarding holiday fun, walking through a Christmas Tree maze, a historic train ride, and a visit from Santa, this is a memory-making experience. One my kids still talk about each year. It is a one hour ride and kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Tickets are $18 per person and are on sale now. Children 2 and under can sit on an adult's lap, but must have a complimentary ticket to board. The North Pole Express runs November 23, 24, 25 and 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX
Christmas Wine Train “ The Grapevine Vintage Railroad also offers great grown-up fun on their Christmas trains as well. This event occurs on 2 separate evening and each features a different winery. A reception and train ride with the wine representatives sounds like a fun time! Wine will be available for purchase on the train. Tickets are $36 per person. Riders must be 21 and over. December 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. Visit www.gvrr.com or call 817-410-3385.
Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort “ The ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with an all-new, hilarious theme: ICE! featuring DreamWorks ™ Merry Madagascar.” From November 8 to January 1, see all your favorite characters including Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Winter coats are provided at this chilly event.
And while at the Gaylord Texan Resort, don't miss Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing. Open daily November 8 to January 1, experience an extreme eight-lane tubing hill that's covered in real snow. Take your time touring the resort as it features over 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments and Santa Claus. Don't forget the miniature trains “ my son's favorite!
Happy Howl-idays at Great Wolf Lodge “ Starting December 1, Great Wolf Lodge turns into Snowland! With visits from Santa, North Pole University for Elves in Cub Club, holiday carol sing-alongs, the life-size Gingerbread House, Santa’s workshop, writing depot, wrapping depot, toy creation station, Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday snow show, nightly story time, Rowdy the Reindeer and a Polar Bear Race inside the 84-degree indoor water park, there is more than enough to do here to fill a whole weekend. Can't help but think this would be the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the season and spend time focusing on the family.
TWO Christmas parades “ Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine December 6 at 7 p.m. The largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, this Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Free.
And if you're looking for a different sort of Christmas parade to float your boat, make your way to Lake Grapevine. The Twinkle Light Boat Parade is one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see. See watercrafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott's Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine. December 1, 6-9 p.m. Free.
Spend the evening walking down Main Street USA “ Twinkling lights abound at the Light Show Spectacular in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine. This brilliantly-colored show runs continuously from 6 p.m. “ 11 p.m. nightly starting November 20. Sing along with the city's Christmas tree, enjoy the lights and see the joy on the faces of everyone in the family as you watch this show at the Town Square Gazebo. Free.
Musicals, Movies and Magical Moments at the Palace Theatre “ From country to classic Christmas, Grapevine is the place to be for all your holiday entertainment. Set in the beautiful setting of the restored Palace Theatre in Historic Downtown Grapevine, you ™ll delight at all of the spectacular Christmas music and movie offerings.
- Texas Tenors “December 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- An Elvis Kind of Christmas with Kraig Parker “December 2 at 4 p.m.
- Classic Christmas Movies “ See such classic Christmas movies for $5 – Die Hard, Christmas Vacation, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas/How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Grapevine Opry “ Several Christmas shows to choose from
So you can see, many different events to bring the holiday spirit home this season. So stop with the shopping and holiday-prep, and take the time to spend an evening in Grapevine with the family.