Parades & Celebrations

It will be a memorable winter wonderland this Christmas in Historic Grapevine, Texas. Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations and a whole lot more! With all of this plus great shopping for everyone on your list, Grapevine truly is the "Christmas Capital of Texas."

Carol of LightsCarol of Lights
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Grapevine City Hall
Monday, November 19
3 p.m. - Family-Friendly activities
7 p.m. - Street Lighting

Discover the magic of Christmas at Grapevine’s annual Carol of Lights and lighting of Historic Downtown Main Street! The event features live performances, dazzling dance numbers and breathtaking fireworks, sure to get the entire family in the Christmas spirit. Arrive early to take pictures with reindeer, create seasonal crafts and savor tasty food. This year, WFAA’s morning show hosts, Kara Sewell and Ron Corning, will emcee the Rockefeller Center-themed show and entertain the crowd as Mayor William D. Tate “flips the switch” on the Christmas Capital of Texas. Admission to this event is FREE.


A limited number of reserved seats, for the show, will be available at $5 per seat. FREE seating will still be available and there will also be plenty of standing room.  Details on reserved seating will be released in the fall, so check back for details. 

Copy of Parade of LightsParade of Lights
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Thursday, December 6
7 p.m.

Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, 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! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event. The theme for 2018 will be "Holiday Magic on Main." This event is free.

The Parade is coordinated by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, which also coordinates applications for entries into the parade.

Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Lake Grapevine
Saturday, December 1
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

If you're looking for a different sort of Christmas parade to float your boat, make your way to the Twinkle Light Boat Parade. This is one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see! You will find water crafts 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 including Scott's Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine. This event is free.