This Texas city’s downtown at Christmas is definitely Hallmark Channel worthy! ⟹
I just happen to live a hop, skip, and a jump from one of the most charming areas for Christmas!
As a matter of fact, the city of Grapevine, Texas was dubbed by the state senate, “The Christmas Capital of Texas“. And for good reason. The Christmas activities and events here abound.
I was over there last week and I snapped a few photos so I could share some of its holiday charm with you. It was late afternoon so I didn’t get pictures of how beautiful it is after dark with all of the many Christmas lights, but it is so cute during the day as well!
There are so many delightful events and activities for the holidays in Grapevine I can’t list them all, and it makes a wonderful place to visit in December. But I enjoy simply walking Main Street in downtown Grapevine this time of year because it is bursting with Hallmark Christmas charm!!
All year round, downtown Grapevine has the feel of stepping back into yesteryear with its historic downtown-of-a-small-southern-town architecture style. But at Christmas, the charm level is exponential! Every storefront, restaurant, and wine bar is dressed to the nines for the holidays with lights, trees, ribbons, and wreaths.
Little shops and boutiques line Main Street with cute displays that you can window shop as you stroll.
Let no surface remain undecorated! The holiday cheer even spreads to the rooftops.
And of course there has to be a Christmas store! I wish I had a photo of this shop at night. All of that red tinsel is simply aglow with red lights.
Looks like Santa was taking a break inside…
There are plenty of places for shoppers to sit and take a break too!
Main Street has something for all ages. For the adults, there are lots of wine bars to duck in for a holiday break. The city isn’t named “Grapevine” for no reason!
Lots of good restaurants too…
And the old theater features a showing of “White Christmas” on the marquee:
There are lots of community areas to hang out in when not shopping, eating, or drinking. There’s a large park area with a pavilion that’s surrounded by fun things for the kids.
During the holidays, the pavilion is transformed into Santa’s living room…
And this huge tree sings and its lights put on a show to the music!
And speaking of light shows, this tunnel’s lights also change to the music. It is so cool to walk through at night!
And this building on the left has its own separate light show, keeping time to the music piped in throughout Main Street:
And here’s even one more…
And there are so many photo opportunities for families out here! There is a whole square of Christmas vignettes dedicated just to this…
As I mentioned, strolling Main Street is only a small part of why Grapevine is called the Christmas Capital of Texas. I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention two other very popular family activities in Grapevine this time of year.
The Gaylord Texan’s decorations are stunning during the season, and it usually has a spectacular ice exhibit every year, aptly named ICE! The themed exhibit features two million pounds of ice sculptures hand-carved by 35 artisans from Harbin, China, and is kept at a bone-chilling 9°F to keep the ice from melting (they supply parkas!) Because of Covid, ICE! has been “on ice” for the past two seasons but hopefully will return in 2022. The year I went it featured a fun Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme!
Grapevine is also home to a vintage railroad train and during the holiday season, it becomes the North Pole Express. Families board in their pajamas for a ride that brings the magical world of the Polar Express to life! And when the train is not headed to the North Pole, it moonlights as a holiday wine train for the adults.
I hope this visit to Grapevine’s Main Street brought a little holiday spirit to your Christmas season…I know a visit there always gives me the Christmas feels!
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