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Grapevine, TX: A Photographer’s Favorite Christmas Things…lights and joy

Grapevine ParadeMy first introduction to Grapevine was a big welcome hug from Leigh Lyons, the Director of Communications for the Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. We had never met yet I felt like I had been her friend for years.

From that first greeting at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to the final hug goodbye five days later, I was in a constant state of amazement how this community of 50,000 has transformed itself into a non-stop celebration of the Christmas Season and earned the title “The Christmas Capital of Texas.” If you need proof that Grapevine knows how to “put on a Christmas party,” there are 1,400 holiday-themed events running across 40 days. Some of the events are a bit pricey; some are free. In Grapevine, there is something for every budget.

Great Wolf Tree

Trees of all sizes with every style of decoration imaginable are found throughout Grapevine, TX.

Our group was on the go every minute; shepherded by Leigh and Megan Body, Communications Coordinator for the Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, who both embodied the spirit of the season and always had a twinkle in their eyes. There will be great stories written and shared about the Texas Star Dinner Theater, the North Pole Express, Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery; ICE! at Gaylord Texan; The Grapevine Opry; Nash Farm; Painting with a Twist, the meals, the shopping, and the wine. However, I’m less of a storyteller and, as a photographer, more “a picture is worth a thousand words” kind of person. I wish I could bottle the energy, the open-arms welcome found in every nook and cranny in Grapevine and share it somehow in my photographs. Here are a few of my favorite things during Christmas in Grapevine.

Bay waiting for Santa

After disembarking from the North Pole Express, a young boy waits patiently for Santa.












Gaylord Texan lights

During the Grapevine Christmas season, lights cascade everywhere creating a wonderland.


Christmas Snow

A family delights in the snow at the end of the North Pole Express train.

Glass blowing

Joy fills the air and faces during an ornament-making event.

Elf North Pole Express

Smiles reflect a welcome joy at events and in shops in Grapevine.

Gaylord Texan night lights

The serene beauty of holiday lights at the Gaylord Texan inspires a late night stroll.

North Pole Express child

Children’s faces capture the wonder and anticipation of the Christmas season.

ICE! Gaylord Texan



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