Experience the must-visit destination of the season
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (October 16, 2020) – The Christmas Capital of Texas is officially back, making Grapevine the must-visit destination of the season. Visitors will be able to perfectly capture the merriment of Christmas as they walk among millions of twinkling lights, experience enormous decorations and seasonal events, and create memories to last a lifetime. Make plans now to visit the Christmas Capital of Texas for exciting events and activities because it’s more merry in Grapevine.
Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas: Marvel at acres of twinkling lights and decorations (including a brand-new towering 48-foot tall Christmas tree featuring a delightful light show), plus join in on fan-favorite and all-new holiday activities, shows and events; from snow tubing, snowman building, ice skating and gingerbread decorating to the Warner Bros. Pictures “ I Love Christmas Movies™” interactive pop-up experience, where you can walk through the most iconic scenes from your favorite Christmas movies in an all-new, multi-sensory experience! Interact and capture moments with the characters, sets and moments that you know-and-love from holiday film favorites The Polar Express™, A Christmas Story™, Elf™, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™. Then, venture outside to walk-through the all-new Yuletide Bright holiday lanterns attraction, featuring 50,000 square feet of enchanting holiday characters and scenes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com, November 13, 2020 - January 3, 2021.
Discover the Magic of Christmas Onboard the North Pole Express®, presented by Great Wolf Lodge: There’s no better place to discover the magic of Christmas than onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express! Guests are presented with a Souvenir Ticket as they begin their journey to the North Pole. Your ticket purchase also includes a “We Believe” Silver Bell, Memory Mug and a recipe card on how to make Santa’s Special Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, Delicious Christmas Cookie and a voucher for a COMPLIMENTARY photo with Santa. Ticket prices for the North Pole Express are $34 for Touring Class and $38 for First Class, per person. A $5 Lap Child Ticket is required for children under 13 months. Dates for the North Pole Express are November 27, 28, 29, 30 and December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. More information available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.
Experience Snowfall at Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland: Bring joy to your family this Christmas season with uninterrupted time together under the enchanting spell of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. Guests at this family-friendly resort will get swept away in the holiday spirit with twinkling lights, holiday trees and indoor snow showers. Fun-filled Frosty Fest activities are available for families to participate in during Snowland, along with the Great Clock Tower show and nightly Snowland-themed Story Time. Apart from the Snowland activities, families can “melt-away” in the comfortable 84-degree weather found in the resort’s massive indoor waterpark or enjoy a warm libation from the Hot Cocoa Bar in the lobby. For information and reservations, visit GreatWolf.com, November 27 2020 - January 3, 2021.
Celebrate a Bricktacular Holiday at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and See Scuba Diving Santa at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium: Don’t miss LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Holiday Bricktacular, December 3 - 24. Put your skills to the test and help our Master Model Builder create a Holiday Quilt, write letters to Santa and more! Dive into SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice when Scuba Diving Santa returns! Check dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com for dive dates.
Spread Christmas Cheer with the Grapevine Christmas Passport: Explore Grapevine's enchanting past with the Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure. Experience Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participating in take home handmade projects, including stamping a brass luggage or gift tag at Millican’s Blacksmith Shop; making a piece of metal tinsel for your tree inside the Grapevine Tin Shop at the Bragg House; decorating a wooden Christmas train ornament at the Cotton Belt Route Section Foreman House; and designing a Christmas bookmark inside the Historic Cotton Belt Depot. Passports are $8. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas. November 27 - December 23.
Keepsake Photos With Santa: Take a memorable photo with Santa in the North Pole Express General Store. Located in the Tower Gallery inside Grapevine’s Visitor Information Center. Grapevine’s Tower Gallery is located at (636 S. Main St.) For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.
Gift A Few of Their Favorite Things: Make your list, check it twice and shop for all those who are naughty and nice! With shopping options for every taste and budget in Grapevine, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone. Historic Downtown Grapevine is filled with more than 80 locally-owned shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, winery tasting rooms, home décor studios, collectible shops and more! Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas for more information.
Shop ‘til you drop at Grapevine Mills! With shopping from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, November 27 (Grapevine Mills will be closed Thanksgiving Day) and a variety of exciting holiday events, Grapevine Mills offers even the most dedicated shopper a holiday paradise. The 1.8 million-square-foot shopper’s paradise includes popular spots such as Coach, Michael Kors, Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley, Disney Store Outlet, H&M, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Gap, Saks Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and many more! Santa also arrives on Friday, November 27, check out Simon.com/Santa for times, details and to make reservations.
Sip A Little Christmas at Dr. Sue’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour: Chocolate and Christmas go hand-in-hand, so be sure to savor the chocolatey Christmas flavors at Dr. Sue’s Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bar and Happy Hour. From 4 - 6 p.m. daily, the aromas of delicious, hand-crafted hot chocolates linger in the air, inviting even the most discriminating palate. The Hot Chocolate Barista serves top quality European cocoa in flavors such as Peppermint, Mexican Spice and Old Fashioned hot chocolate with customizable toppings, like marshmallows, whipped cream and spices. Pricing starts at $4.50 per person. For more information, visit DrSueschocolate.com. November 27 - December 22.
Melt Glass On an Open Fire at Vetro Glassblowing Studio: Jack Frost won’t be nipping at your nose inside Vetro Glassblowing Studio. Bring the entire family and create your own personally designed ornament choosing from six pre-selected colors or Vetro’s full-color palette, depending on the event. Kids of all ages are welcome to the Traditional Ornament Help Create, but must be 14 years of age or older to participate in the Extreme Ornament Help Create. Any person under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. November 13 - December 30. Pricing is $30 for the Traditional Ornament Help Create and $50 for the Extreme Ornament. For more information, visit VetroArtGlass.com.
Memorable Christmas Performances and Classic Christmas Movies at the Palace Theatre: Get your tickets now for your traditional favorites, new and old, at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre! All ages will love sharing in all the seasonal fun at this beloved venue. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Palace-Theatre/Christmas. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100. 300 S. Main St.
William Lee Martin’s “The Nutcracker,” A Christmas Standup Spectacular: Comedian William Lee Martin brings his Christmas Standup Comedy Spectacular, “The Nutcracker,” to the Palace Theatre. It’s adult humor without the adult language. The show is high energy and guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! Tickets are $29. Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play”: Kick off the holiday season with this twist on a heartwarming classic as A Wishing Star Stage Company Production and the Palace Theatre present “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play.” This inventive interpretation on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage. Tickets start at $18. Saturday, December 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100 or online at Tickets.GrapevineTicketline.com.
Kraig Parker’s Christmas Special – “A Tribute to Elvis”: Experience a magical evening of Elvis Christmas Classics and favorite hits in this rockin’ holiday special starring award-winning tribute artist Kraig Parker and his Royal Tribute Band. Parker will astound you with his likeness to Elvis, in looks, voice and charisma, and will start your Christmas season off in style. This is a show for the entire family, complete with a visit from Santa. Elvis has not left the building! Tickets start at $32. Kids (under 10) $15. Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
Carols on Main: This season you are invited to Carols on Main, a free Christmas concert from Church at the Cross! Bring your friends and family to enjoy beautiful Christmas carols and songs at the Palace Theatre. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies served before and after the concert for guests to enjoy. Admission is free, however a ticket is required due to limited seating. Tuesday, December 8 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets online at GrapevineTicketline.com/Event/Carols-On-Main-2020.
The Carpenters Tribute Concert: A Christmas Portrait presented by Tribute Masters: When Christmas times rolls around, it’s impossible not to think of the Carpenters. The holiday season and Carpenters’ Christmas music are synonymous. Direct from Las Vegas, The Carpenters Tribute Concert: A Christmas Portrait, starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter, takes the audience on a trip down memory lane to an old-fashioned Christmas, complete with frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside and painted candy canes on the tree. Tickets $34. Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 11 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
Rocky Gribble presents “A Grapevine Opry Christmas”: We all have traditions, but those associated with our most beloved holiday of the year carry special meaning. This year will mark the 33rd Annual Grapevine Opry Christmas Show at the Palace Theatre. “A Grapevine Opry Christmas” is filled with holiday music, both new and old, and offers an incredible yuletide experience for fans. Whether you are a faithful follower or are discovering the show for the first time, you’ll find the show never fails to illustrate the story of Christmas, and may possibly inspire a new holiday tradition. And remember, sun or snow, there is always a Christmas celebration in store at “A Grapevine Opry Christmas.” Tickets $27. Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
The Texas Tenors “Deep in the Heart of Christmas”: From seasonal favorites, like "O Holy Night" and "Joy to the World," to The Righteous Brothers' crowd pleaser "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and original hit "Bootdaddy," The Texas Tenors bring a unique blend of music to the stage with thrilling harmonies and award-winning arrangements. Make this Christmas magical by celebrating with The Texas Tenors! Tickets are $44. December 15 - 18, 7:30 p.m.; and December 16 - 18, 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
Christmas with The Petersens: This Christmas, celebrate with The Petersens as they bring their original bluegrass sound to the Palace Theatre. The Petersens are an award-winning Americana roots family in their tenth season of shows in Branson, Missouri. For authentic music, clean comedy and family values, you won’t find a group better than The Petersens. Tickets $28. Saturday, December 19 at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 20 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grapevine Ticketline at 817.410.3100.
Classic Christmas Movies and After Christmas Movies: Watch beloved Classic Christmas movies this season at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre. Tickets $6. Movies include Home Alone (1990), Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 22 at 2 p.m.; A Christmas Carol (1951), Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m.; Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Wednesday, December 9 at 7 p.m.; It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), December 7, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. and December 14 at 2 p.m. White Christmas (1954), December 2 and 22 at 7p.m. and December 13 and 23 at 2 p.m.; The Santa Clause (1994), Monday, December 21 at 2 p.m.; A Christmas Story (1983), Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m.; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m.; Elf (2003), Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m.; A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), December 21, 22 and 23 at 11 a.m.; After Christmas Movies include Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.; While You Were Sleeping (1995), Tuesday, December 29 at 2 p.m.; Serendipity (2001), Wednesday, December 30 at 2 p.m. GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Palace-Theatre/Christmas.
Make Spirits Bright with A Nash Farm Christmas: Experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas at Nash Farm.
- First Friday on the Farm; Christmas Decorating: Friday, December 4 from 10 a.m. - Noon, . Decorate the farmhouse while enjoying cookies and cider. $3 per person.
- Victorian Christmas Tours: Saturday, December 5 from 3 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (one hour tour), step back in time and experience a traditional Christmas celebration on the farm. $5 Admission
- Farmstead Christmas Celebration: Saturday, December 12, from 1 - 4 p.m. Join the farmhands for a family-friendly celebration, including ornament-making, listening to traditional music, refreshments and more $5 per person.
- Christmas Parlor Sociable: Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., enjoy Nash Farm’s with coffee, tea and sweets along with parlor games. $15 per person; advance tickets only.
- Christmas Ornament Making and Cookie Baking: Daily events at the farm from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visit NashFarm.org for more information.
Make Yours a Vintage Christmas at Settlement to City Museums: Pioneer and Victorian era crafts and activities are only a handful of ways to experience a vintage Christmas at Grapevine’s Settlement to City Museums. Create your own Christmas card on a 19th century printing press or craft a decoration at the Donald Schoolhouse. Special events include Christmas with the Keelings, Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. - Noon. $5 per person; Victorian Christmas Card Printing, November 27 - December 31. $3 per card. 206 W. Hudgins St. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.
Watch Christmas Parades on Land and Water: If you’re a fan of parades, Grapevine is the place to be this holiday season. On Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. is Grapevine’s Parade of Lights. This Grapevine tradition features lighted floats,marching bands and a guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus on the last float! For water parade fun, marvel at the beautiful Twinkle Light Boat Parade. It's a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their holiday finest! This lighted boat parade starts at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at, Scott’s Landing Marina and Silver Lake Marina, as it circles the lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine. Saturday, December 5, 6 - 9 p.m. To reserve tickets for the family, visit, GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.
Good Tidings Found in Texas Star Dinner Theater’s Dismay in a Manger: ‘Tis the season to be jolly at the Texas Star Dinner Theater, with a comedy murder mystery and a delicious three-course plated dinner. There is dismay in the manger at the annual Christmas Pageant rehearsal. Mayor Rufus Yates has written a horrible holiday havoc and he’s cast the show in a manner that has everyone’s secrets at risk. His outlandish interpretation of the Christmas Story is destined to ruin more than one reputation. It seems the Mayor is trying to tell someone you cannot run from your past, especially if it just arrived on the last stagecoach. As a guest, you get to help the theater’s pageant posse and hero, Marshal Jim Courtright, sort through his list of who’s been naughty or nice. This is one interactive murder mystery dinner experience that will put the “Ho Ho Ho” into your Holidays! Tickets are $59.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity). November 20, 21, 27 and 28; and December 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, plus a special New Year’s engagement on Thursday, December 31. For tickets, visit TexasStarDinnerTheater.com.
Christmas on Main Street: Everyone’s favorite Christmas spot is back and better than ever! Enjoy all the decorations along Main Street and daily performances by the wise-cracking animated snowmen, “The Chilly Dawgs." Photo ops abound throughout downtown with characters, vintage sleighs, life-sized Christmas cards and more! At night, the magic really comes to life with our 40-foot singing Christmas tree, massive City Hall Light Show Spectacular and there is always a 100 percent chance of snow flurries at the Town Square Gazebo! November 23, 2020 - January 10, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit GoGrapevine.com/Christmas.
Shop Local at the Grapevine Christmas Market: Shop locally and regionally-sourced jewelry, wood turnings, baked goods, local cheeses, nuts, gift baskets and more at the Grapevine Christmas Market, Town Square Gazebo. November 28 and 29; and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Open daily from 2 - 9 p.m. Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas for more information. 325 S. Main St.
It’s the Most Flavorful Time of the Year: From traditional to trendy, find your holiday favorites in Grapevine. With flavor-packed dishes at more than 200 restaurants, bistros and cafés, Grapevine offers a variety of cuisines at prices to fit a range of budgets. Or, stop by one of Grapevine’s winery tasting rooms along the Urban Wine Trail for a glass of wine and refreshments before merrily continuing your Christmas Capital of Texas experience. Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas for more information.
HOLIDAY HOTEL PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE. With so many events in the Christmas Capital of Texas, you’ll want to spend the night to experience it all! For additional information and great rates, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/hotels.
* Please note that due to circumstances these dates are subject to change or cancellation. Please refer to the websites of specific events for more information.
About the Christmas Capital of Texas®
Create lifetime Christmas memories in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! With 40 days of Christmas events, Grapevine’s charming setting makes it the must-visit Texas destination of the season. Enjoy Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, Scuba Diving Santa at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Classic Christmas Movies at the Palace Theatre, millions of magical lights, photo opportunities, bistros and cafés, unique boutiques and more, all perfectly capturing the spirit of Christmas in Grapevine. For the full Christmas Capital of Texas calendar of events, call 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.