Dec 11, 2020 Christmas in Grapevine Texas: Travel Guide
Are you looking for the Christmas capital of Texas? Look no further. Grapevine has more Christmas cheer than the North Pole itself! Grapevine is deemed the Christmas capital of Texas. This guide will discuss what to expect during the Christmas season in Grapevine. Also un-wine this season since Grapevine, Texas is known for its vast amount of wineries.
Things to do in and around Grapevine:
Visitor Center: First, we went to the Visitor’s Center and got a map of the town. I love getting a map and pamphlets to plan out the day. The visitor center also has very cute holiday decor including a moving reindeer installation.
Wineries: Grapevine is well known for its wine, so as we strolled through the town and stopped in and sampled different flights of wine at the different wine tasting rooms.
1.) Messina Hof Winery: All of the grapes for this winery’s wine is locally grown in Texas. Still to this day, my favorite wine comes from this winery. It was a sparkling almond wine that testes exactly like wedding cake. I am more of a dessert wine drinker. Pass me all of the residual sugar! The winery has a wine tasting room and wine bar.
2.) Sloan Sloan & Williams Winery: Locally, sourced wine from Texas and some from California. You must get their charcuterie board while you sample wines. The board is huge and can can probably feed a small family! This winery also hosts live music events.
3.) Bingham Family Vineyard: Enjoy 100% Texas estate grown wine. This winery is also known for sampling Askinosie chocolates. Askinosie chocolates builds a sustainable relationship between farmers growing the cocoa beans instilling ethical practices, no slave labor since imported, and cultivated to the finest bean. I highly recommend ending your day here for a flight of dessert wines paired with the chocolate.
4.) Delaney Vineyard: The largest vineyard in North Texas. Take a walk through the vineyard while wine tasting. The building is beautiful and often hosts weddings. We missed out on this one, however it is on my must see list! This winery is located outside of Grapevine, but it is a 11 minute drive from the town.
Other Ways to experience wine tasting: You can book wine tasting bus tour packages including transportation, wine tasting, and a 3 course meal at one of the wineries. Click here for the wine bus tour. Great for a bachelorette/bachelor trip or night out with friends. Another neat way to sample the wine is taking a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and taking a ride on a vintage train with the Jazz Wine Train with a 2 oz pour of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and jazz music. Next time I return to Dallas, I am definitely signing up for one of these tours! Also note the train ride also has a separate train ride called North Pole Express which is great if you have kids. The kids can see Santa and his elves and Christmas cookies are served aboard. It is a perfect family outing.
Shopping & Holiday Decor: Grapevine, honestly reminded me of Whoville from The Grinch. Every store was exploding with Christmas decor. Holiday decor throughout the town is magical making your Christmas trip full of seasonal cheer. There are tons of holiday photo opportunities. Great if you wanted to take a family photo. Also, do not miss the dazzling lights decorating the streets at night. Grab a hot chocolate or warmed mulled wine and take in the street lights. Listed below are three stores I loved while visiting.
1.) Farmer’s Market: I LOVE supporting local, especially local farmers. They work so hard! This market has all fresh produce! However, do not worry if you are just visiting seasonally. Make sure you stop in and grab the Crave popcorn. YUM! The caramel popcorn made with natural ingredients is amazing. Also, you can find baked goods from local bakeries. Definitely stop in for a late night treat. You will thank me!
2.) Grapevine Antique Market: I love a store with variety. This store is set up with different vendor display areas. The possibilities are endless here. Find home decor, art, Texas hot sauce or jams, clothing, even treats for your fur baby.
3.) Texas General Store: A little bit of everything but a whole lot of Texas. This store has great themed Texas souvenirs. Including novelty items, clothing, and locally sourced goods from farmers like spices/rubs, sauces, and candy.
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center: This resort has 4.5 acres of indoor gardens and 10 restaurants. However, during the Christmas season with acres of Christmas decorations, ice skating, snow tubing, gingerbread house decorating, and yuletide outdoor light decorations. Even has an ice bar you can visit.
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center: Step out into a winter wonderland with Christmas activities for the whole family. A luxury accommodation with attention to every detail.
Great Wolf Lodge: This hotel has a huge indoor water park inside. Trying to escape the cold? Come relax at this indoor water park. Activities for all ages. One can get a day pass here if just interested in the water park.
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center: A modern hotel with accessible amenities. Indoor/outdoor pool, on site restaurant, free parking, and the best part is an airport shuttle.
Grand Hyatt DFW: Located inside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Connected via the airports skylink. Soundproof rooms, with modern amenities. No excuse for missing a flight when it is right outside your doorway.
Tru by Hilton Euless DFW West: A basic accommodation for the budget traveler. Very clean and well kept. Free breakfast. Has a pool room, fire pit outside, and a very nice gym.
Holiday Inn Dallas DFW Airport Area West: Basic amenities no frill hotel. Pets are allowed however additional fee applies.
Outfit Deets: Dress is from Gianni Bini from Dillards! Faux fur coat got a bigger size, love the look of an oversized coat! Linked similar.