Since moving to Houston several years ago, I often find it hard to get in the Christmas spirit, as the weather hovers around 70 degrees or warmer. I miss some of my favorite childhood traditions like riding out to the Christmas tree farm, and chopping down a fresh Frasier fir. Something just seems wrong about buying your Christmas tree from a garden center, especially when its right next to a grapefruit tree.
Almost two years ago we visited Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine Texas, and that’s when I discovered Grapevine is known as the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” Wait, does every state have a Christmas capital, oh never mind, I digress. Home to roughly 50,000 residents, Grapevine celebrates Christmas with over 1400 events that take place across 40 days. This charming city pulls out all the stops, as it gets decked out in millions of lights, Texas sized Christmas decorations, carolers, characters, and festivities for everyone.
This year as our family focuses more on creating memories and experiences, than gifts under the tree, I was surprised by all the fun activities available in Grapevine Texas. My three year old’s eyes would grow as big as saucers if we rode aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®. While he’d be mesmerized by his first train ride, I’m sure my 5 year old daughter would be draining his frosty snow chocolate milk. (Let’s hope Santa doesn’t catch her “stealing” from her brother)
Of course it would probably take some serious arm twisting to even get them to leave the hotel if we stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resort. What better way to celebrate Christmas than sliding down ice slides indoors, or watching the Nutcracker? Maybe hanging out with some of the characters from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar would be a close second….although, I would prefer to fly down the snow tubing hill! Just imagine how fun it would be to brag about snow tubing in Texas!
We’re not currently planning a trip, but if we were, early December seems like the ideal time to catch the Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine on December 5, and Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine on December 7, 2013. With so many things to see and do I don’t think we’d have any trouble getting the kids to bed, but driving through downtown to see the Light Show Spectacular, would be a fun way for us to unwind.
Where’s your favorite place to travel during the holidays?