It’s not too late to still get your holiday fix! If you’ve been hustling and bustling but have forgotten to enjoy the season, here are 4 local hot spots that will be sure to delight and amuse even the scrooge-iest of your out-of-town relatives:
- Historic Downtown Grapevine, AKA the Christmas Capital of Texas® Ongoing through January 3rd. If you like lights, you’ve come to the right place. Literally millions of lights are used up and down Main Street, in the town square and to create the LED tunnel that ripples and twinkles with countless colors and patterns. Take your own Instagram-worthy shots on the giant ornaments, with the live brass band playing Christmas carols, or even in the extra-large kissing booth, complete with hanging mistletoe ball. Just remember that Main Street gets packed, so bring your patience if you plan to eat at any of the local restaurants.
- Gaylord Texan Resort – ICE! and Lone Star Christmas Check them out through January 2nd. Whether you’re craving hot cocoa or wanting to build a gingerbread house with the family, the Gaylord Texan has Christmas fun oozing from every square inch of their resort. And even if our forecast doesn’t call for a white Christmas, you can still tube down the giant indoor snow hill or don parkas and check out ICE! – a marvel of over 2 million pounds of ice, carved into life-sized scenes celebrating Christmas around the world!
- Bass Pro Shop – Santa’s Wonderland Hurry – Santa is only there until 5pm on Christmas Eve! So you may associate Bass Pro Shop with your Uncle Andy’s singing fish. But this hunting and fishing mega store goes all out when it comes to Santa. Lines are formed every 30-minutes, but you can go and grab a ticket with your specified line time so you can take the little ones to enjoy a ride on the carousel, write a letter to Santa or create other fun crafts and activities. And the best part – it’s all FREE! Once you get to Santa, you can take photos with your own camera, plus the friendly elf photographers will give you a photo with Santa, also FREE!
- Your Very Own Christmas Light Tour- When all else fails, you can always hop in your car and take your family to see some of the most impressive holiday light displays in the Metroplex! Don’t forget to pack your thermos of hot cocoa and a queue up a few Christmas tunes to sing along. Here’s a great compilation of light displays and their locations: http://familyeguide.com/christmas-light-displays-dfw/