With more than 1,400 Christmas events within a 40-day span, it’s no wonder why Grapevine, Texas, is considered the Christmas Capital of Texas. Enjoy light displays with humungous decorations, animated characters, magical events and activities for families, and more. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the holiday season!
Light Show Spectacular
See Grapevine light up for the holidays with the various light events throughout the holiday season. Enjoy the Light Show Spectacular at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. The show features music and light displays. Plus, it’s free!
Christmas Movies and Concerts at the Palace Theatre
The historic Palace Theatre in downtown Grapevine will feature classic Christmas movies, like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among others, as well as concerts and shows during the month of December. See the Main Street LIVE Christmas Spectacular, The Nutcracker, or A Merry Little Christmas Show With Ricki Derek. Shows and concerts run on select days now through Dec. 20, 2014. Admission varies per show. Classic Christmas movies at the Palace Theatre are $5 per person, per movie.
Christmas on Main
Downtown Grapevine will be decorated for the holidays this month for its annual Christmas on Main event. Enjoy classic decorations, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and live entertainment. Downtown Grapevine is also home to restaurants and stores that are perfect for family meals and holiday shopping. Tractor-drawn wagon rides are available on Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and cost $1 per person. Christmas on Main runs now through Dec. 21, 2014.
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
The holidays go underwater at the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium with holiday events and activities for families. See Santa scuba diving, meet your favorite Octonauts characters, complete a special scavenger hunt, watch holiday-themed episodes of Octonauts, and make ornaments to bring home for your tree. All events are free with admission to the aquarium, which is $20 for adults, $16 for kids between 3 and 12, and free for kids 2 and under. Holiday events and activities take place now through Dec. 21, 2014.
North Pole Neighborhood
The Cotton Belt Railroad District and Grapevine Depot are now the North Pole Neighborhood for the holiday season. Families can enjoy interacting with costumed characters, writing letters to Santa, and shopping for North Pole Express merchandise and gifts. Food and beverages are also available for purchase. Photos with Santa are on offer daily, with reservations available Monday through Thursday. The North Pole Neighborhood is open Friday through Sunday, now through Dec. 21, 2014, with additional hours on Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
After buying fishing, boating, camping and other outdoor gear for the entire family, visit Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine. See old-fashioned model trains, make arts and crafts, play in the arcade and ride the carousel. Plus, guests can get a free 4-by-6-inch photo with Santa on select weekdays. Santa’s Wonderland runs now through Dec. 24, 2014.
ICE! and Lone Star Christmas
Head to the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center for a magical Lone Start State Christmas experience filled with an 8-foot gingerbread house, Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, and ICE!, a cold exhibit made from more than two million pounds of ice. This year, ICE! features Frosty the Snowman and live carvings. Admission starts from $22 for adults and $12 for children between 4 and 12 years; kids 3 and under are free. ICE! and Lone Star Christmas is open daily now through Jan. 3, 2015.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz