November 2011, Events in Grapevine, Texas

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Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas®, and in November, the season comes to life as the Christmas festivities begin November 11! This is the time to create Christmas memories with the entire family in historic Grapevine, Texas. Participate in some of the most unique events of the season, where you can experience the thrill and joy of Christmas. Grapevine is the essence of Christmas décor, as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and a whole lot more. Shop for everyone one your list. Whether it’s classic movies, live entertainment, shopping, dining, a unique urban wine trail, wine trains or one of the outstanding hotel packages, come experience why Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas.
FEATURED NOVEMBER EVENTS
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Carol of Lights
325 S. Main St. – Town Square Gazebo
November 21, 7 p.m.
Free
Begin your holiday at the Carol of Lights at the Town Square Gazebo.  See Mayor William D. Tate light the beautiful Grapevine Christmas tree and the illumination of thousands of colorful lights!  A flip of a switch transforms Historic Downtown Grapevine into the Christmas Capital of Texas.   Guests will enjoy musical performances, and hot chocolate will be available.

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Light Show Spectacular
325 S. Main St. – Town Square Gazebo
November 21 – January 8, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free
49 Nights of Twinkling Lights – Put some sparkle in the season at the Light Show Spectacular.  This nightly, 25-minute, synchronized, light display runs on the hour and half-hour. The Light Show Spectacular features a singing Christmas tree, festive holiday lights in a variety of seasonal colors and a musical backdrop of Christmas favorites. The Light Show Spectacular is one of the most anticipated and popular Grapevine events of the season. Free.

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Christmas on Main
Historic Downtown Grapevine
November 25, 26, 27 and December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18
Fridays 2 – 5 p.m.
Saturdays Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays 2 – 5 p.m.
Step back in time this holiday at Christmas on Main! See Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights. See jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, experience the glass workshop at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and spot beautiful decorations adorning Historic Downtown Grapevine’s Main Street.

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Glass on the Tracks XII
705 S. Main St.
Saturday, November 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

For the 12th year, Vetro Glass Blowing Studio presents Glass on the Tracks featuring Indie rock band Leo Goes Grr, all-inclusive food and wine/beer catered by Chill, guest artist flameworker Christian Luginger, Boxcar Gallery of fine art glass to be auctioned, Truth or Consequences auction with the infamous Glass Guillotine and live glassblowing in the studio all evening. Pre-registration tickets are $20 vs $25 at the door.  For tickets call 817-251-1668.

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Fourth Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown Grapevine – 211 E. Worth St.
November 5, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$10 per person
This tour covers six blocks and is designed as a walking tour. Luminaries will mark each destination home. Homeowners will be present to greet all participants and discuss the distinguishing characteristics of their residences. Some of the stops include the ca. 1900 Millican House located at 603 E. Worth St. and Bermuda Gold & Silver at 404 S. Main St., formerly Grapevine Home Bank, known for having been robbed by members of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang.

FEATURED HOTEL PACKAGE
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Gaylord Texan Resort
Give Your Holiday Getaway Some Character with the DreamWorks® Experience at the Gaylord Texan

Animate your holiday vacation when you book the DreamWorks® Experience starring the beloved characters from such films as Shrek® and Kung Fu Panda® . Enjoy numerous interactive holiday experiences this Christmas, including:
• ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Halls™”
• SNOW! featuring Kung Fu Panda Plunge
• Festive interactive character meals
• “Character Passport” meet & greets
• Gingerbread decorating with Gingy
• 3D dinner and DreamWorks® Movie Experience
• DreamWorks® themed scavenger hunt
• DreamWorks® welcome amenity with package check-in
• and even special wake-up calls by DreamWorks® characters!

Packages start at $199 for a limited time.


FEATURED ATTRACTION
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ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Halls™” and Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing at the Gaylord Texan Resort
1501 Gaylord Trail
November 11 – January 1

The ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with an all-new, hilarious theme: ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Halls™.” The DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures of all your favorite Shrek characters carved entirely from two million pounds of ice.

And while at the Gaylord Texan Resort, don’t miss Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing.  Experience an extreme eight-lane tubing hill that’s covered in real snow. Guests will also enjoy celebrating Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort, a winter wonderland including 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments and Santa Claus. Christmas hotel packages are available. Visit www.gaylordtexan.com for ticket prices and times.

Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and all related characters and properties © 2011 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

FEATURED SHOPPING AND DINING
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Grapevine Mills
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway


Kick off the holiday season with a Black Friday door buster like no other. If you’re looking for the best outlet mall shopping experience, visit the 1.6 million square feet and fantastic prices of Grapevine Mills. Shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Forever 21, New York & Company, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic and many more make this one of the best spots in Texas to take care of everyone on your list. And don’t miss a chance to shop the fantastic gifts shops of LEGOLAND™ Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, both located at Grapevine Mills.

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Mi Dia From Scratch
1295 S. Main St.

Only at Mi Dia From Scratch can you experience a true fusion of the past and present.  Chef Gabriel DeLeon has created a truly harmonious menu blending traditional Mexico City recipes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors.  The foods are designed to entice your taste buds by melding New Mexico hatch green and red chilies and some of your old time favorites.  Open daily for lunch and dinner.

ALSO HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Cotton Belt Depot
705 S. Main St.

Regular Runs: Friday – Sunday through November 20

1 p.m. – The Grapevine-to-Stockyards ride takes you to Fort Worth, where you can explore the Historic Stockyards.

3:30 p.m. – Trinity River Run – This one-hour round-trip excursion departs the Stockyards Station.  Tickets start at $6.

North Pole Express® Presented by Chesapeake Energy
November 25, 26, 27 & December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21
$18 per person

Climb aboard the North Pole Express!  Children of all ages and adults alike will discover the magic of Christmas at this classic Grapevine event.  The North Pole Express is an approximately one hour experience including a train ride, pre-boarding holiday stage show, Santa, journey through the Christmas tree maze, Christmas music, ornament making, caroling and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Christmas pajamas for this family-friendly event. Advance reservations are recommended as tickets do sell out.

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Somethin’ Pumpkin
Nash Farm
626 Ball St.
November 12, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
As small as a baseball or as big as a cow! Pumpkins are grown all over the world…and right here at Nash Farm! People know about ornamental pumpkins like jack-o’-lanterns. But mostly pumpkins are used for food! Learn how to turn a pumpkin into a pie or cake-like bread!

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Palace Arts Center
300 S. Main St.

Grapevine Opry:

  • Country Music Showcase – November 5
  • 24th Anniversary Spectacular– November 12
  • Country Music Showcase – November 19
  • Christmas Holiday Preview – November 26

First Friday Movie Series:

  • National Velvet– November 4

Texas Tenors
December 2, 4, 20, 21, 22 & 23
$25 per person

Mixing country and classical music with their own Texas Tenor flavor, this beloved group will bring Christmas audiences to their feet.  Buy tickets now.


“Christmas at the Movies” Musical
December 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16 & 18

Tickets starting at $25
Watch scenes from your favorite holiday movies come alive on stage during this Texas Family Musical Production.
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Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main St.
The Grapevine Convention Center hosts a variety of consumer shows each month that are open to the public. November’s events include:

  • Just Between Friends – Toy Sale – November 5 & 6
  • Postage Stamp Show – November 12 & 13
  • Polynesian Revu – Lu’au 2011 – November 18, 19 & 20
  • Canton in the City Holiday Gift Market – November 26 & 27

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Unwind the Vine

The exit may have changed, but our doors are still open.
Enter to win free prizes, give-aways and contest, just for shopping in Grapevine!  All you have to do is SHOP at any participating Grapevine businesses along the DFW Connector zone, STAMP your card at each visit and REPEAT until you’ve completed the card and trade it in for another one.

Each completed card will be entered into a monthly drawing held by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.  To enter, simply leave your completed card where you receive the 10th stamp and pick up a new card.  Winners will be notified by email or phone.


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