Carol of Lights – Official Tree Lighting Ceremony
Town Square Gazebo
325 S. Main St.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Mrs. Claus (while her husband is busy getting ready for his big night), this is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas season in Grapevine where the Mayor “flips the switch” to light millions of lights throughout Historic Downtown Grapevine, including the 35′ community Christmas tree. The community is invited to join in singing in the season with youth choirs and special performers celebrating a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. The event also includes the Light Show Spectacular that involves all of Town Square, including the gazebo, seven live Oak trees, nine “mini” trees, and three arches choreographed to music. Refreshments provided.
Light Show Spectacular at the Gazebo
Be sure to stop by, as the Christmas Light Show Spectacular will delight the young and young at heart as it plays from December 1 through January 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Light Show will play nightly on the hour and half-hour at the Town Square Gazebo. FREE!
Parade of Lights
Historic Downtown Grapevine
North Texas’ largest lighted Christmas parade, the Parade of Lights, will dazzle thousands of merrymakers with a captivating display of over 100 colorfully lighted floats, which pass through Historic Downtown Grapevine to the tunes of festive holiday music provided by numerous marching bands. The parade begins at Main Street and Vine Street and heads north on Main Street to Wall Street.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Lights, lights and more lights will sparkle during the Twinkle Light Parade on Lake Grapevine. It’s a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their holiday finest! For additional information or questions, please call Scott’s Landing at (817) 481-4549.
December Shows at the Historic Palace Theatre
300 S. Main St.
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Home for the Holidays – Broadway-Style Christmas Live Performance
$19 per person
Home for the Holidays is a true Broadway-style musical Christmas stage show presented at the Palace Arts Center in Grapevine, Texas. With live music, beautiful costumes and seasonal sets, Home for the Holidays will transport you to a world of sleigh rides, and merriment with family and friends to capture the charm and wonder of a traditional family Christmas. The 80-minute revue combines singing, dancing and light humor with traditional scenes in Christmas-themed stage settings. The songs are linked by a story arc celebrating the stages of Christmas – anticipation of the coming of Christmas, excitement of family and friends in traditional celebration, and the enjoyment of the special day.
December 1 – 7 p.m.
December 2 – 7 p.m.
December 6 – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
December 8 – 7 p.m.
December 9 – 7 p.m.
December 10 – 7 p.m.
December 13 – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
December 15 – 7 p.m.
December 16 – 7 p.m.
December 17 – 7 p.m.
December 20 – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
December 22 – 7 p.m.
December 23 – 7 p.m.
All seating is general admission, first come, first served.
Grapevine Opry’s Christmas Spectacular
Enjoy themed Christmas shows every Friday & Saturday featuring a variety of artists performing 50s rock ‘n’ roll, country, western, gospel and pop holiday tunes, both contemporary and traditional, performed live and accompanied by our acclaimed house band.
Christmas Special Shows:
December 4 – 7:30 p.m. – Yellow Rose Christmas – A Christmas Variety Showcase
December 5 – 2:00 p.m. – Kringle’s Jingles – A Musical Christmas Collection
December 5 – 7:30 p.m. – Fabulous Fifties Christmas – Have a Holly Jolly Retro Christmas!
December 11 – 7:30 p.m. – Yellow Rose Christmas – A Christmas Variety Showcase
December 12 – 2:00 p.m. – Kringle’s Jingles – A Musical Christmas Collection
December 12 – 7:30 p.m. – Country Christmas – A Christmas Celebration “Texas-Style”
December 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Yellow Rose Christmas – A Christmas Variety Showcase
December 19 – 2:00 p.m. – Kringle’s Jingles – A Musical Christmas Collection
December 19 – 7:30 p.m. – Christmas Wonderland – Christmas Traditions
December 31 – 7:30 p.m. – New Year’s Country Eve – Ring in the New Year “Country-Style”
Reserve seating by calling (817) 481-8733. Reservations require a valid credit card, 24 hour notice required for cancellations.
7:30 p.m. shows: $20.00 adults, $15.00 children 12 & under
2:00 p.m. shows: $15.00 adults, $8.00 children 12 & under
December 31: $15.00 adults, $10 children 12 & under
One of the premier live country music shows in the nation, the Grapevine Opry has established a tradition of excellence seldom equaled for this type of show in the country music industry. With one of the most acclaimed house bands in the Southwest, the high energy, spontaneous format of every show perfectly compliments the truly great music for which the venue is known.
The Grapevine Opry, Texas’ Premier Country Music Variety Showcase performs at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday night – special theme shows every month. The Gospel Showcase is every fourth Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Family Christmas Film Series at the Palace Theatre
Enjoy your favorite Family Christmas films on the big screen at the Palace Theatre. Matinee and evening shows available. Ticket price is $7.50. Bring in a same day receipt from a Grapevine merchant and receive $2.50 off the admission price! Special group rates of $20 for 5 people. For tickets or additional information call (817) 410-3100.
Enjoy these Movies:
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – 7 p.m.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996) – 9 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – 7 p.m.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – 9 p.m.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – 7 p.m.
A Christmas Story (1983) – 9 p.m.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – 7 p.m.
Scrooged (1999) – 9 p.m.
White Christmas (1954) – 7 p.m.
Elf (2003) – 9 p.m.
Holiday Inn (1942) – 7 p.m.
Gremlins (1984) – 9 p.m.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – 7 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – 9 p.m.
ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort – Two Million Pounds of Ice Sculptures.
Through January 3, 2010
Sundays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Christmas magic truly begins with the Gaylord Texan Resort’s “ICE!” display. Part of the Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas celebration, “ICE!” is an extraordinary and magical display of elaborate, life-sized ice sculptures, ice slides and ice monuments with dramatic lighting effects — all created from nearly 2 million pounds of ice. This year’s ICE! exhibit will feature the 1957 Dr. Seuss holiday classic -“How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” In a series of colorful scenes straight out of the original storybook pages, Gaylord Texan’s ICE! attraction will brilliantly showcase how the “Whoville-hating” Grinch with a heart two sizes too small learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Tickets & Information: (817) 722-9110.
Christmas on Main
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
Fridays – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to the Public
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Historic Downtown Grapevine’s Christmas on Main features holiday treats, Santa Claus on stilts, costumed characters, and decorations adorning the mile-long stretch of Grapevine’s historic Main Street. For an enchanting Christmas wonderland experience, visit Historic Downtown Grapevine.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
North Pole Express™ presented by Great Wolf Lodge
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
Grapevine Vintage Railroad streams down the tracks with the North Pole Express, complete with carols, stories and a captivating encounter with Santa Claus himself. So, grab your PJs and ride the North Pole Express to your Christmas dreams.
Please note the train does not operate between Grapevine and the Stockyards or on the Trinity River Run out of the Fort Worth Stockyards during the weekends of North Pole Express. After Christmas Trains will run daily December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 2 & 3, 2010.
Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Dr.
December 4 – 25
This Christmas season, give your family the most magical gift of all – Uninterrupted time together! Imagine this: an enchanted place where it snows indoors and happiness reins. Where you and your family can soak in the holiday spirit, splash in the 84-degree waterpark – and cherish the gift of time spent together. At Snowland, you’ll find all of this and a myriad of other gifts of the season. SNOW! Children will be showered with real snow along with holiday carol sing-a-longs. The resort even recorded an original song for the occasion.
POLAR WOLF WALK: Takes place each morning in the Grand Lobby, complete with a tour of the lobby animals and lessons about ploar bears and penguins.
NORTH POLE UNIVERSITY: Children will earn “degrees” for holiday crafts and activities and employees dressed as elves really get into character, answering only to their elf names.
WRITING DEPOT: Your little ones can write, decorate and mail letters directly to Santa!
TOY CREATION STATION: Children can create a special gift for family or friends. Choose from many holiday themed crafts to create for someone special.
WRAPPING DEPOT: Kids can wrap their special gifts. Paper, scissors, tape, ribbon and stickers will be provided.
HOWLIDAY HELPERS SLEEPY TIME SNACK: Schedule a special bedtime visit with our holiday mascot, Rowdy the Reindeer, who comes to tuck the little ones in at night with treats like milk and cookies and candy canes.
NIGHTLY STORYTIME WITH ROWDY THE REINDEER
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
501 Bass Pro Dr.
November 8 – December 24
Bass Pro Shops feels it is important for families to hold onto Christmas. Christmas at Bass Pro Shops’ 52 destination retail stores across America and Canada will be bigger and better than ever in 2009!
This year, Bass Pro Shops stores will feature “Santa’s Wonderland”, a 5,000 square foot magical village for the kids comprised of both animated and live elves, Lionel and Bachmann old-time model trains area, Fisher-Price remote control cars, a Red Ryder laser arcade, a carousel, Xbox Strike Bass game area, a Nerf soft gun range and activity tables where you can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts every weekend and it’s absolutely FREE! Santa will also be in residence there throughout the season. For additional information, call (972) 724-2018.
FREE photo with Santa!
Customers can get a FREE 4×6 photo with Santa and his reindeer during the following times:
* November 8 – December 22
Monday through Friday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
* December 21, 22 & 23
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
FREE weekend activities, where children can make crafts and ornaments, will be available from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.