How to spend a wonderful Christmas in Grapevine, Texas.
Things to do for Christmas in Grapevine, TX
Historic Grapevine is located in North Texas in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth and is a short drive from the DFW International Airport. In case you didn’t know, Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas.
Top things to do in Grapevine, TX, during the holidays include so much that you’ll want to spend the entire holiday here with your family. Below is a list of places and things to do that are not to miss.
Grapevine, Texas – The Christmas Capital of Texas
The minute you walk down historic Main Street, you’ll feel the magic of Christmas all around you. It happens to me every time. I don’t miss a holiday in Grapevine, whether I’m going to the Gaylord Texan for ICE! or walking down Main Street and shopping at the boutiques, or going to for a wine tasting at Messina Hof downtown and sitting outside to people-watch and marvel at the holiday deco – it’s everything a person thinks the holidays should be like.
Things To Do For Christmas in Grapevine, TX
With its small-town feel and Christmas spirit during the holidays, Grapevine is the perfect place for a unique Christmas getaway for families, couples, and multi-gen travelers. Grapevine has 1400 events in 40 days. I’m a little late getting this article up, so some events have passed. I will ensure I have them all for next year’s holiday season.
Grapevine’s Hometown Christmas Exhibit 2023
The Visitor Center is a great place to start your holiday adventure in Grapevine. The people inside are very knowledgeable about all the Christmas events in Grapevine and can direct you anywhere you want to go.
Enjoy an interactive Christmas Exhibit to get you pumped up for a classic American town preparing for Christmas.
Located at the Tower Gallery inside the Convention & Visitors Bureau Headquarters
636 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
November 24 – December 23, 2023
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm
Cost: The exhibit is $1 per person.
Travel Tip: Inside the Visitors Center is a huge train display that all kids will love, especially if they like Thomas The Train – so cute!
Then, after visiting the exhibit, historic downtown Main Street Grapevine is a great place to start the holiday season!
Grapevine Historic Main Street
Many festivities happen daily and every night on historic Main Street Grapevine. From the Carol of Lights, the Parade of Lights, City Hall, and all the bright lights you can imagine, the beautiful lit-up Town Square Gazebo is a site to see with many photo ops for your family photos.
Enjoy festive, locally owned decorated boutiques inside and out while gathering your Christmas shopping list gifts.
You’ll see Christmas cheer all up and down Main Street. Live music is here and there – maybe you’ll see Santa Claus watching high above the clouds.
Step into Good Things For All Seasons on Main Street for the most magical shop. It’s my favorite store! It’s not hard to miss with red lights up and down on its storefront. Also, see their outstanding collection of villages in the back of the store.
Christmas At The Historic Palace Theatre
Not only will classic Christmas movies be showing at the theatre, but more Christmas events throughout the holiday will be happening, too. The Palace Theatre has been a Grapevine staple for many years, and every time the holidays roll around, it seems to get more noticed than ever before. Check out all the holiday events at the historic Palace Theatre.
Things to do for Christmas in Grapevine, TX, wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Harvest Hall. It’s a 20,000-square-foot food and entertainment destination in historic Grapevine, connected to Hotel Vin, and features chef-driving kitchens, craft coffee & cocktails, and private & public venues for events.
Be sure to step inside Third Rail (inside Harvest Hall) and enjoy Christmas cocktails at the Holly Jolly Bar – there might be live music playing, but the bar area is the site to see – many (many) holiday decor is going on there!
Observation Tower at Harvest Hall
The Observation Tower is a 150-foot-tall offering 360-degree views of Grapevine, DFW International Airport, and the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex.
Someone by the elevator can talk with you before going up.
Tickets: $3 per person.
Travel Tip: Harvest Hall has a mini visitor center by the elevator inside. Someone there can help you with questions about Grapevine.
Hotel Vin – Grapevine, Texas
Hotel Vin and Harvest Hall have become significant icons in Grapevine. A must-see is Hotel Vin’s outdoor igloo tents (bubbles). These are only set up during wintertime. They are great for small parties, romantic date nights, celebrations, and anything imaginable. They were all booked while we were there. There are also a few places to sit outside by the fire. Contact Hotel Vin for the igloos, and go early for fireside seating.
Peace Plaza Ice Rink In Grapevine, TX
In its second year, the outdoor ice rink in Grapevine has been enormously successful and is here to stay. Peace Plaza Ice Rink is one of the best things to have come to Grapevine for the holidays. Open every day until January 7, 2024, except on Christmas Day.
It is located on Peace Plaza opposite Harvest Hall.
Tickets: $20 a person for one hour of skating. Skating shoes included.
Elf Adventure In Grapevine, TX
Settlement to City Museum presents Elf Adventure, which is fun for all ages.
North Pole Express Train Ride
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad puts on a wonderful story inside the train while chugging along for a 45-minute ride. It’s truly magical, and the cookies and hot chocolate you’ll enjoy on the train aren’t bad either. And, besides the adorable (real) elf making you laugh while telling the story of Christmas, there might be a special guest coming through, too!
Enjoy a Victorian Christmas here.
Great Wolf Lodge
Snowland Wonderland would be great to experience with the whole family.
Gaylord Texan Resort
Get into the holiday spirit with a trip to Gaylord Texan Resort to enjoy all its Lone Star Christmas events, marvel over all the Christmas lights, and see the magical ICE! Presentation – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
What’s better than hot chocolate and snow tubing indoors? Nothing!
Grapevine Christmas Wine Trains
Don’t get too excited about this because all Grapevine Wine Tours are already full. You can sign up here to get on the waitlist. Talk about getting tickets early!
Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail
The Urban Wine Trail is a self-guided walking tour of wine-tasting rooms on Grapevine Main Street, but some shuttles can take you to off-site locations.
Grapevine Mills Mall
It does get cold in Texas, so why not come inside where it’s warm? The World-class shopping & attractions at Grapevine Mills Mall is an inside mall with lots of outlet shopping, eateries, activities for the kids, and the new Meow Wolf.
Meow Wolf Grapevine
New to Grapevine, Meow Wolf Grapevine. The real-unreal is a fourth addition to the Meow Wolf universe. It showcases an interactive artscape that expands into a new era of art and storytelling. Featuring a massive collaboration between Texas and Santa Fe-based artists, this inspiring tale about creativity, community, and the power of imagination unfolds within a mesmerizing new space.
It might not be Christmasy and part of the 1400 events in 40 days, but while you’re here, I recommend checking it out – there are only four in the world.
Experience Grapevine and make wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. Please share all these things to do for Christmas in Grapevine, TX, and start planning your visit! Merry Christmas!
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