Grapevine: The Christmas Capital of Texas®

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Ring in Winter Season Grapevine-Style with Holiday Happenings Every Night in December

Aboard the North Pole Express

Everything is bigger in Texas…including Christmas!

Everything is bigger in Texas…including Christmas! Come and celebrate the Christmas season in the “Christmas Capital of Texas” -- Grapevine. Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, a multitude of decorations, animated characters, a myriad of holiday events 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.”

On Nov. 11 the holiday magic truly begins with the unveiling of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center’s “ICE!” display. Part of the Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas celebration, “ICE!” is an extraordinary and magical display of elaborate, life-sized ice sculptures, ice slides and ice monuments with dramatic lighting effects – all created from nearly 2 million pounds of ice. This year’s ICE! exhibit will feature Charles Schulz’s -“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Discover the true meaning of Christmas through interactive ice sculptures and displays of this beloved children's classic. Experience the Peanuts gang in favorite scenes such as the rehearsal hall practice, Snoopy's decorated house and Charlie Brown selecting the perfect Christmas tree.

Continuing the merriment of the holiday season, Grapevine’s Palace Theatre will entertain audiences for weeks with a one-of-kind Broadway-style musical titled “Home for the Holidays.” The holiday revue combines live music, singing and dancing with beautiful costumes and sets to paint the picture of a classic American family Christmas. Memories of a simpler time will come flooding back as audience members are reminded of what the holidays are truly about – family and friends. A total of 11 performances will be held from Dec. 1 through Dec. 23 leaving both young and old with that Yuletide cheer.

In the Christmas Capital of Texas, children can make their holiday dreams come true as they climb aboard the magical North Pole Express® for an adventure-filled train ride. Snuggled up in their favorite holiday pajamas, passengers will experience the enchanting excursion, as well as participate in fun activities from ornament making and caroling to pictures with Santa and more. Regardless of age, this once-in-a-lifetime journey will make a believer out of anyone!

After the trek to the North Pole and back, be sure to stop and enjoy Christmas on Main in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The event features Santa, jolly Christmas characters and decorations adorning the mile-long stretch of road. Special guests include Ellie the Elf, Frosty the Snowman, Santa on stilts and children can play Reindeer Games. Hop aboard tractor-drawn wagon rides for only $1 per person! The North Pole Express and Christmas on Main run Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19.

To ring in the holiday season, Grapevine will host its annual Carol of Lights on Nov.29. Approximately 2,500 festive holiday goers will gather at the downtown gazebo for this fun-filled celebration. Completely wrapped in holiday cheer, guests will carol along to Christmas favorites as the City flips the switch to illuminate Historic Downtown Grapevine with millions of colorful Christmas lights!

For the even bigger Christmas light enthusiast, there’s North Texas’ largest lighted Christmas parade, The Parade of Lights. Merrymakers will be dazzled by a captivating display of over 100 colorfully lighted floats, while numerous marching bands fill the streets with music for all to enjoy. The parade will take place on Dec. 2.

The Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine will also make the holidays shine a little brighter for Grapevine guests! This lighted boat parade begins at Twin Coves Marina at dusk on Dec. 4. It’s a floating festival of lights with a parade of boats decorated in their holiday finest! Everyone can enjoy this special event, so grab the family and a blanket and head to the shores of Lake Grapevine.

Add a little holiday cheer into your Christmas celebration aboard the Christmas Wine Trains on Dec. 9, 16 and 23. The evening will kick off with a reception at the Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot District featuring entertaining live music. Each guest will receive one complimentary beverage in a commemorative Christmas wineglass. As guests board the 1920s vintage coaches, guests will enjoy a tasty selection of appetizers. A Grapevine winery will serve and educate guests on the selected wines. Cash bars will be available on the train where guests may purchase their preferred wine selection. The relaxing evening excursion will include holiday music, caroling and a visit from Santa.

For something a little more classic, nothing boosts the holiday spirit like watching Family Christmas Movies with loved ones! All are welcome to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy your family’s favorite Christmas films on the big screen at the Palace Theatre starting Dec. 4. Evening and matinee shows are available, tickets are $5 per person.

Really want to celebrate Christmas in true Texan-style? Guests are invited to tap their toes and clap their hands as the Grapevine Opry presents “Christmas Spectacular.” All month long, celebrate the most acclaimed house band in the Southwest, providing high energy, holiday spirit and a spontaneous format with every show. “Christmas Spectacular” runs every weekend from Dec. 3 through Dec. 18, including a special encore performance on New Year’s Eve.

In addition to all the holiday festivities in Grapevine, you can’t leave without experiencing shopping on Main Street! Shoppers can stroll through Historic Downtown Grapevine and marvel at the holiday lighting while checking off their holiday shopping list with all the charming gifts local stores have to offer.

For additional information about Grapevine’s Christmas events, attractions or hotels, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit http://www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.

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