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Texas: Grapevine, Away for the Holidays - Create Christmas Memories.Grapevine Texas Scuba Santa at Sea Life Aquarium Celebrate the magic of the season in the Christmas Capital Of Texas® with 1,400 Christmas events scheduled in 40-plus days.
 
Here’s the scoop. For anyone who does not know exactly where Grapevine is one the planet – think DFW Airport and look north. It is a community with an artsy, energetic atmosphere well-suited to families and fun any time of year but during the holiday season it is the perfect place to create Christmas memories amid millions of lights, copious decorations, animated characters, delicious yuletide treats, shopping, caroling, and Santa of course.
 
Christmas shop ‘til you drop.  Historic Downtown Grapevine is a comfortable shopping place with oodles of options from unique shops featuring clothing, jewelry and collectibles to winery tasting rooms to home décor to specialty food items.  Some of the best shops on the list include: Good Things for All Seasons, Chic Boutique, Merry’s Christmas and Clowns, Bermuda Gold, Grapevine Olive Oil Company, Area 51 Gaming and Collectibles, Ooh La La, and Main Street Bread Baking Company for nourishment. Bonus points: Take the kids along to make their own ornament at Vetro Glassblowing Studio.
 
Shop at midnight in the Mall. Grapevine Mills mall offers even the most devoted shopper a truly amazing experience starting with special benefits for night owls by opening at midnight on Thanksgiving night. The Mall is home to H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Books-a-Million, Build–a–Bear, Gymboree, Forever 21, New York & Company, Ann Taylor Factory Store, and Banana Republic. Bonus points: Nearby find the shops of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, both located at Grapevine Mills.Grapevine Texas North Pole Express
 
Ride the Rails on the North Pole Express®. Watch the magic of the season unfold as children of all ages and adults alike experience this classic Grapevine rail excursion. This approximately one hour expanded experience with added activities includes a ride on a historic train, pre-boarding holiday fun, Santa, journey through the Christmas tree maze, ornament making, and caroling. Bonus points: Children may wear their special Christmas pajamas in the spirit of the popular Polar Express story. (Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St.)

Chill Out at ICE! Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort features DreamWorks’ “Merry Madagascar™” during – The ICE! From November 9 to January 1, see popular characters including Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria carved from more than two million pounds of ice. This winter wonderland includes 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments and Santa Claus. Wait for it! And while at the Gaylord Texan Resort, don’t miss Kung Fu Panda awesome snow tubing. The extreme experience features an eight-lane tubing hill that’s covered in real snow.

Musicals, Movies and Magical Moments at the Palace Theatre. From country to classic Christmas, Grapevine is the place to be for all your holiday entertainment.  Texas Tenors return with their most well-known songs including country and classical music with their own Texas tenor flavor. Wait for it! The Palace Theatre features a series of classic Christmas movies during the holiday season.  For example, see the experience of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” After the movie, stroll Main Street and experience our version of Bedford Falls. (Tickets $5 per person.) Shows include: “Die Hard”, “Christmas Vacation”, “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Story”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.Grapevine Texas Gaylord ICE & Madagasgar
 
Play reindeer games with Santa. Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main. See Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights. Watch jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, visit Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and spot beautiful decorations adorning Historic Downtown Grapevine’s Main Street.
 
Christmas parades on land and water. Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine December 6 at 7 p.m. 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.  Wait for it!  For a new Texas twist on December first checkout the Twinkle Light Boat Parade ion Lake Grapevine. The parade will be visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine. (Free)

Bright Nights in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine.  Beginning on November enjoy musical performances, hot chocolate and millions of lights. The Light Show Spectacular features brilliantly-colored lights, and a sing along near the city’s Christmas tree at the Town Square Gazebo. (Free)
 
Experience a vintage Christmas. On December first visit Nash Farm and celebrate a Victorian Christmas much like the earliest Grapevine settlers. See what traditions were popular with the earliest of Grapevine’s residents. See what a homemade Christmas was like by making traditional ornaments, listening to Christmas stories, sipping hot wassail, and homemade cookies. (Free)

Happy Howl-idays at Great Wolf Lodge. During most of the month of December enjoy Snowland complete with visits from Santa, North Pole University for Elves in Cub Club, holiday carol sing-alongs, the life-size Gingerbread House, Santa's workshop, writing depot, wrapping depot, toy creation station, Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday snow show, nightly story time, Rowdy the Reindeer and a Polar Bear Race inside the 84-degree indoor water park.
 
Build a Holly Jolly Holiday. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium offer oodles of interactive holiday experiences worth sharing. In December look for Scuba Santa at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium.

Make it happen. For additional information, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at toll-free 1-800-457-6338 or (817) 410-8136 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.

Content and images courtesy of Grapevine CVB. Comments by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor FTF. Copyright 2012.


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