Grapevine: The Christmas Capital of Texas
December can be a stressful time. If you’re in school, it’s finals. If you’re not, it’s budgeting to make sure Christmas shopping doesn’t bottom out your bank account. Sometimes what you need is a jolt of Christmas cheer to jumpstart your holiday season. That’s when you head up to Grapevine, The Christmas Capital of Texas.
The quaint shops and restaurants that line the main street of this North Texas town remind visitors of simpler times. No matter where you might call home, taking a walk down Grapevine’s Main Street gives you the feeling that you grew up there and just never found a reason to leave.
Festive, is a great way to describe the charming Main Street of Grapevine at any time of year. At Christmas, however, the restaurant and shop owners along Main Street take it to a whole new level. The adage, less is more, has no place in the Grapevine Christmas decorating handbook. From boutique shops to diners, banks and bars, every merchant decorates their storefronts with Christmas trees, lights, reindeer, cowboy Santas and more. It’s a constant reminder that it’s not just Christmastime, but it’s Christmastime in Texas.
With over 1,400 events packed into just over a month, there is never a dull moment in Grapevine during the holiday season. If you’re up for a holiday adventure, stroll on down Main Street to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to take the kids on the North Poll Express for hot chocolate with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For those of us big kids, we can enjoy wine from different local vineyards on the Christmas Wine Train.
Nearby, the Gaylord Texan Resort offers shows, exhibits, and ICE!, the holiday attraction featuring Frosty the Snowman, snow tubing, buildings and sculptures all made out of more than two million pounds of ice.
Stop in at one of more than 30 restaurants and bars located in the Historic Downtown district. There is everything from Tex-Mex to wine bars on, or within a short walking distance of Main Street. We stopped in at Tolbert’s Restaurant for a quick drink. Tolbert’s has a vast menu, and a large bar offering an array of Texas brews, including the local Grapevine Craft Brewery beers. I had one of their Night Watch Oatmeal Stouts.
Taking in Historic Main Street, lit up by the millions of tiny lights just after dark, you could swear you just heard George Bailey ask you if you wanted the moon. It’s either that, or you heard the sounds of It’s A Wonderful Life coming from the old Palace Theatre, which plays a variety of Christmas movies throughout the month.
A stroll through Historic Downtown Grapevine is a great way to kick-start your holiday cheer, so grab some friends and take a night to check it out. It’s a good way to remind yourself that it really is a wonderful life….in Texas.