It is no wonder that Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas with all of the events taking place during this time.
If you have never been to Ice! at the Gaylord Texan after one visit, it is sure to become an annual tradition. The theme this year is Twas the Night Before Christmas. There is something for the whole family from ice slides, scavenger hunts, snow tubing and even speciality drinks at “On the Blocks” (21 and over). www.GaylordTexan.com, November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018.
Hot Chocolate Happy Hour at Dr. Sue’s. Everyday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM enjoy the flavors of a variety of hot chocolates. Try Peppermint, Mexican and Old Fashioned hot chocolate topped with your favorite flavorings and toppings. Dr. Sue’s Chocolate is located at 417 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX. Tastings are $4.00 per person. runs through December 23.
All aboard the North Pole Express! This vintage train ride is a great experience for the whole family. Don on your pajamas and enjoy live Christmas performances before entering the Christmas Tree maze complete with “snow”. Carolers will lead the visitors in your favorite Christmas songs. Make sure you purchase your tickets well in advance as they often sell out early. More information and reservations are available at www.GVRR.com Tickets are $25 per person. December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
The adults can enjoy the Christmas Wine Trains, featuring a Grapevine winery. The event will include a traditional Christmas boxed dinner. Riders must be 21 and over. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. All train excursions depart at 7 p.m. and return at approximately 9 p.m. www.GVRR.com
- On December 7, board the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Christmas Wine Train. This excursion features the western flair of the Fort Worth Stockyards combined with the holiday backdrop of Grapevine’s Christmas Wine Train. This celebratory event is perfect for you and your sweetheart, best friends or co-workers to enjoy a night of Christmas fun. This train departs from and returns to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
- On November 30 and December 14, excursions depart from the Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot. Enjoy an exciting excursion for you and your besties aboard this favorite seasonal event. Make sure to plan some time to enjoy the more than one million lights throughout Historic Dowtown Grapevine before your excursion departs or after you return.
Visiting Grapevine this year is Charlie Brown. The traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schultz Museum will be up at Grapevine’s Tower Gallery, located at 636 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX. It includes 50 Peanuts daily and Sunday comic strips, more than 50 vintage Peanuts-themed seasonal novelties, a Santa letter writing station and a photo opportunity for children of all ages. This free exhibit runs through January 16.
While in Grapevine, make sure to stop at Grapevine’s Town Square Gazebo to visit Whoville. Check out the Who-houses, post office and the Whoville characters. Runs through early January.
Unique Christmas parades. Parade of Lights has more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands through downtown Grapevine. December 7 at 7:00 PM Arrive early to secure your place. Thousands of visitors attend this parade every year. https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/lighted-evening-events/
Another annual parade is the Twinkle Light Boat Parade with watercrafts decked out in sparkling lights. This parade begins in Twin Coves Marina. December 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free.
Step back in time at the Settlement to City Museums. Experience the life of pioneers and Victorian era crafts, activities and stories. Create your own greeting cards and Victorian-era decorations. Special events include Christmas with the Keelings, December 2, 4:30 p.m.; Victorian Christmas Card Making, December 9, 1 p.m. and Tales of a Victorian Christmas, December 22, 4 p.m. Special event tickets are $5 per person. 208 W. Hudgins St.
These are just a few of the great events celebrating Christmas in Grapevine. Click HERE for a full list of events.