All Aboard: North Pole Express

Grapevine Christmas Spectacular


If holiday events are right up your alley this season, the kids will love you forever if you take them for a ride on the North Pole Express Experience, a holiday decorated ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's famous train. Or take in the Gaylord Texan Special Holiday Celebration, or one of many special events in Grapevine Texas...



It may well be the perfect holiday destination! The City of Grapevine, once again, is putting on their best and opening the doors to yet another year of true holiday fun for all ages, living up to their name, the Christmas Capital of Texas.


Historic Grapevine has plenty to offer each December, from fantasy steam train rides to ice sculptures to holiday parades and lighting events,  and performances at the Palace Theatre downtown. In all, the city boasts of providing 1,400 Christmas events spanning 40-plus days of holiday celebration.


To please the kids, climb aboard the North Pole Express, nearly a month long celebration actually designed for the entire family. Kids will love climbing abroad the old train brightly decorated for the holidays. Parents will enjoy special exhibits and shopping opportunities in the railroad gift shops. The North Pole Express steams down the tracks during the last week in November and the first three weekends of December. The Grapevine Depot area will be decorated with thousands of lights, animated characters, and Christmas cheer.


As the train draws closer to the North Pole, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a "We Believe" silver Santa bell.  Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments.


Activities include free live entertainment, activities for kids, amusements, and shopping at the Christmas Store. Snacks, beverages, displays and decorations, and the chance to have a portrait taken with Santa are also available.


Check for tickets and available dates here:


Other Train Events

Grapevine Vintage Railroad's Christmas Wine Trains

This favorite seasonal event is a festive grown-up Christmas event. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. Hors d'ouevres will be served with two glasses of wine from Messina Hof Winery. Additional wine will be available for purchase on the train.


The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has become one of the community's greatest attractions, ferrying weekenders almost year round on a trip through history as it normally makes its way to the famous and nearby Fort Worth Stockyards. Some of the views of the Fort Worth skyline as the train makes its way across huge trestles over the Trinity River are some of the best and least-known vistas of "Cow Town" available.


Gaylord Texan Events

In addition to the North Pole Express Experience, Grapevine is quickly becoming the North Pole of the South thanks in part to the Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas and the annual ICE! Exhibit.  Gaylord’s hand-carved exhibit features larger-than-life holiday sculptures carved out of two million pounds of ice, a spectacle to behold! As early as October work begins on the sculpture, and the end result has been described as "heaven-inspired," and "magnificent."


MORE ABOUT ICE AND GAYLORD TEXAN EVENTS: Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan


Other Grapevine holiday events include:

Christmas on Main Street

The annual event, held on Main in Historic Downtown Grapevine, TX, features Santa, jolly Christmas characters, complimentary carriage rides and decorations adorning the mile-long stretch of Main St. The special guests include: Ellie the Elf, Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Santa's Reindeer!


The hours are as follows:

Fridays - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturdays - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Sundays - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.



Carol of Lights

Come and enjoy the holiday festivities in Historic Downtown Grapevine at the Main Street Gazebo (325 S. Main St.) with the Carol of Lights. The public is invited to this free event in which guests sing along with local choirs as the “switch is thrown,” lighting thousands of lights in historic downtown Grapevine.


2016 Parade of Lights

Historic Downtown Grapevine

Thursday, December 1 - 7 p.m.


North Texas' largest lighted Christmas parade, The Parade of Lights, will dazzle thousands of merrymakers with a captivating display of over 100 colorfully lighted floats, which pass through Historic Downtown Grapevine to the tunes of festive holiday music provided by numerous marching bands. The parade will take place on December 2 and will begin at Main St. and Vine St. and heads north on Main St. to Wall St. Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, a multitude of decorations, animated characters, a myriad of holiday events.


Movies, Music and More at the Palace

In the beautifully restored Palace Theatre in historic Downtown Grapevine, you'll delight at all of the spectacular Christmas music and movie offerings. This year, the Texas Tenors are back. It's a return engagement! Audiences will be amazed at this terrific trio, well known for their amazing journey on America's Got Talent. Mixing country and classical music with their own Texas Tenor flavor, this beloved group will bring Christmas audiences to their feet.


Classic Christmas Movies - There's no better place to watch a classic Christmas movie than a classic theatre in a historic downtown! For example, see the experience of George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life" and after the movie, stroll Main Street and experience our version of Bedford Falls.


Tractor-Drawn Wagon Rides

Enjoy downtown Grapevine on the weekends by taking any one of many tractor-drawn wagon rides to view the lights and the environment of Christmas Central!


The North Pole Express Experience schedule is as follows:


Or, for information about all events, call 817-410-3123. For more information about historic downtown Grapevine, its attractions and special events,  call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or check out the web site at