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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.
by Heather Warlick Modified: December 7, 2012 at 12:45 am •  Published: December 9, 2012
/articleid/3735493/1/pictures/1902189">Photo - The North Pole Express offers a family-friendly ride on Grapevine's vintage railroad, complete with a visit from Santa. Photo provided. <strong></strong>
The North Pole Express offers a family-friendly ride on Grapevine's vintage railroad, complete with a visit from Santa. Photo provided.

Each year, The Gaylord Texan hosts a new ICE! exhibit; this year's is ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar. This amazing exhibit of artistry is housed in an enormous tent, cooled to 9 degrees to keep the massive ice sculptures frozen. The exhibit tells the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crashed onto the island of Madagascar. An ice slide adds a rush of adrenaline to help keep visitors warm in the frigid environment. Bring your mittens, hats and scarves for this experience. (Heavy parkas are loaned to each guest to wear through the exhibit.) After touring the ICE! exhibit, guests can enjoy Kung Fu Panda Snow Tubing.

The Great Wolf Lodge boasts the state's largest indoor water park, a treat for kids during the winter months. And for Christmas, the Lodge transforms into Snowland, bringing guests inside a giant, indoor snow globe.

The lodge is entirely kid friendly, even tailoring the amenities in rooms for its youngest guests. Suites with themes, such as the KidCabin Suite, cater to kids with cool log cabin bunk beds.

Before and after water sliding at the lodge, kids can play MagiQuest, a fantasy adventure game where magic-wand wielding kids enchant objects, befriend a pixie, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon. The Northern Lights Arcade is just another kid-friendly feature on the long list offered at Great Wolf Lodge.

You don't have to bring the kids along for a Grapevine escape. The town is just as sophisticated as it is whimsical, offering a romantic destination for couples, or a perfect girlfriend's getaway with great local wines, shopping, spas and even some great nightlife.

For a full listing of holiday events in Grapevine, and future events such as the annual ChocolateFest and Blessing of the Vines, go online to or call (800) 457-6338.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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