Christmas really is for children in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas
The small town of Grapevine, Texas, transforms into a Christmas destination that caters to its youngest visitors with more than 1,400 holiday events and attractions.
Christmas really is for children, and few holiday travel destinations welcome kids quite as well as Grapevine, Texas. The town, officially designated the Christmas Capital of Texas, is a quick jaunt down Interstate 35 and is chock-full of holiday cheer for parents and children.
Starting about a week before Thanksgiving, the town transforms into a Christmas wonderland with more than a million lights twinkling downtown on the historic Main Street. Shopping and entertainment opportunities abound. The town boasts divine dining, served up with a plethora of excellent, locally vinted wines. And Grapevine's resorts transport visitors into Christmas fantasy worlds of Texas-size proportions.
Along Historic Main Street in Grapevine, you'll find a trove of fanciful shopping and holiday-related events. In the Town Square Gazebo, a giant singing Christmas tree captivates kids nightly. This season, Grapevine unveiled a 127-foot-high Clock Tower featuring two larger-than-life, 9-foot Glockenspiel characters, known as Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. Just before noon and 6 p.m. each day, Nat and Willy emerge for a gunfight.
Also in downtown Grapevine, you can make your own handblown glass ornaments, take a ride on the North Pole Express, or if you're over 21, a ride on the Christmas Wine Train.
For musical and theatrical entertainment, Grapevine has many choices. The Texas Star Dinner Theatre is a fun diversion where guests of all ages enjoy an interactive Lone Star Murder Mystery played out by fine actors, served up with an excellent meal included in the ticket price.
The Grapevine Opry stages a different Christmas show each weekend of the season, with fabulous musicians and singers, a beautiful theater and top-notch production value. And the Texas Tenors will perform several shows at the Palace Theatre this month.
At The Gaylord Texan Resort, you'll find Lone Star Christmas, one of the most amazing Christmas displays anywhere. Inside the resort's enormous atrium, 1.5 million lights twinkle, illuminating 12,000 ornaments, a 52-foot-tall rotating Christmas tree, a life-size gingerbread house and a crew of festive, life-size nutcrackers, reindeer, elves and, of course, Santa Claus.
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