Everything is big in Texas. EVERYTHING! That’s why there’s a whole city dedicated to celebrating Christmas, and they do it in a HUGE way! Grapevine, Texas is the Christmas capital of Texas and the most joyful place I’ve ever been.
Where to Stay in Grapevine
Oh the fun of water slides in the winter! Great Wolf Lodge welcomes families with their comfortable family lodging layout, great dining options, resort attractions and interactive games. There isn’t a kid that can’t find fun at Great Wolf Lodge. Adults will enjoy the spacious rooms, the available spa treatments and the joy on faces of children.
Where to Play in Grapevine
Grab a ticket for the North Pole Express on the Vintage Railroad. Surrounded by elves and music, families will board the train to the North Pole. A Christmas story will be shared and then each child will receive a silver Santa bell, check out the Christmas tree maze at the North Pole, see a Christmas show and Santa, enjoy a keepsake mug of Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk and then return to take a photo with Santa.
Put on your winter coat, scarf and hat and enter the world of ICE! at the Gaylord Texan! it’s cold but it’s so beautiful! This year, enjoy scenes from the Nutcracker made from over 2 million pounds of ice. Our favorite part is the Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing. The entire resort is decorated to Christmas perfection! What else would you expect from the Christmas Capital? Hours: Cost: Adults $29.95 Children 4-12 $16.95, Children 3 & under Free. TIP: Visit during non peak dates/times for savings, details online. Buy a combo ticket for ICE and Snow Tubing to save more money.
Santa Claus hangs out at the Sea Life Aquarium…under water! Yes, go see a scuba Santa! We enjoyed our time checking out the sea life at the aquarium, walking through tunnels as fish swam beside and above our heads. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am-7:30pm, Saturday 10am-7:30pm, Sunday 11am-5:30pm. Cost: Adults $20, Children 3-12 $16, Children 2 & under free. TIP: Purchase tickets online and save 25% or buy online for a weekday after 5pm visit for more savings.
Vetro Glassblowing is a shop full of glass treasures and LIVE glassblowing demonstrations. Children and families are invited to be a part of making their very own glass blow Christmas ornament. Select your three favorite colors, help apply the colors to the hot glass and watch as the artist completes the project right in front of you! See website for dates and times. Cost: $30 per ornament.
Also, Texas is home to several of the world-famous Bucc-ee’s gas stations!
You must visit!
All opinions and stories are true to the best of my knowledge. I was not compensated to share this trip with you, however I was hosted at several of the locations mentioned above. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me katy(at)indywithkids(dot)com