My 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.
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.