Do You Know About The Christmas Capital of Texas?
There are tons of adorable small towns in the South that go all out for Christmas. And even though everything is bigger in Texas, one town is out-Christmasing the state's biggest cities. Welcome to Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas.
The Christmas celebration begins mid-November and continues through the start of the new year, and Grapevine touts more than 1,400 holiday events throughout the season. Here are some of the top attractions.
LoneStar Christmas and ICE! at Gaylord Texan
Santa needs to visit the Gaylord Texan Resort and take notes, because it's filled with holiday cheer the entire season. First of all, the property is transformed with millions of lights, a rotating Christmas tree that's more than 50 feet tall, miniature train sets, and even a life-sized gingerbread house. The resort also hosts Santa's Wild Workshop Snow Tubing and Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus. If that wasn't enough, the ICE! installation is a collection of ice sculptures, slides, and monuments—all made with 2 million pounds of ice. There's so much to do at the Gaylord Texan during the holidays that you'd never have to leave.
Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge and the North Pole Express
Great Wolf Lodge also turns into a winter wonderland this time of year when it's covered in twinkling lights and Christmas trees. The Great Wolf Lodge even has daily indoor snowfall and offers Snowland Suites, which are decorated for Christmas and include nighttime milk and cookies for the kids. Off the property but presented by Great Wolf Lodge, the North Pole Express is a must for the holiday season. Grapevine's Vintage Railroad carries passengers, along with Santa's helpers, on the road to the North Pole. Once the train arrives at the North Pole, visitors walk through the Christmas Tree Forest and see Mrs. Claus before the grand finale—a visit from Santa himself! Santa even brings chocolate milk to share with his guests, and we can't think of anyone we'd rather share a glass with.
Parade of Lights and Twinkle Light Boat Parade
The Christmas Capital of Texas wouldn't live up to its name if it didn't have at least one Christmas parade, and Grapevine hosts three. The Carol of Lights in November has already passed, but the Twinkle Light Boat Parade is Saturday, December 2, and the Parade of Lights is Thursday, December 7. The Twinkle Light Boat Parade is exactly what it sounds like—a display of boats covered in holiday lights and decorations. Grapevine touts the Parade of Lights as the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, with dozens of floats and marching bands. If you didn't take the North Pole Express to see Santa, don't worry. He makes an appearance on the final float of the parade.
Christmas Shows and Movies at the Palace Theatre
A gorgeously restored art-deco venue, the Palace Theatre gets dolled up for Christmas along with the rest of the town and features Christmas shows and classic Christmas movies. The Palace Theatre will feature five live shows this season, including Elvis Christmas Classic with Kraig Parker and A Forever Young Christmas. The theatre is also showing some of our favorite Christmas movies over the course of the season. Have a festive night out and see timeless titles like A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story at the Palace Theatre this Christmas.
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