Travel & Destinations

Grapevine for the Holidays

Above photo: Harvest Hall | Photo by Gavin Peters ~ 

As new Covid continues to stick around, many of us are reconsidering travel plans this holiday. Even if you can’t travel somewhere exotic, you can find yourself transported to a unique destination without the hassle of an airport.

Find International Influence in Small-Town Texas

Grapevine Main Street has become a melting pot of global cultures. From one storefront to the next, senses delight in the comforting aromas of wine, spiced flavors of international cuisine, and sensational sites of centuries-old holiday traditions.

Grapevine was named the Christmas Capital of Texas by hosting more than 1,400 holiday events in just 40 days.

A short drive from Dallas with walkable attractions, it’s also the perfect staycation for us lucky locals.

HotelVinWelcome EHome Base: Main Street

Hotel Vin marks the start of historic Main Street and is the ideal home base for a memorable staycation in Grapevine. Parking is plentiful in the garage, and it’s easy to explore local favorites on foot.

Attached to the hotel, Harvest Hall presents native specialties from cultures worldwide for guests to sample under one roof. And nearly every night of the week, live entertainment delights visitors.

A Christmas Celebration to Make Hallmark Proud

Holiday revelers looking for Christmas joy should take a stroll down Main Street. Each storefront twinkles with light as local vendors vie for the top prize in Grapevine’s annual decorating contest.

Festive trimmings spring to life throughout town. Life-sized toys, vintage sleighs, and melodious carolers create festive scenes providing endless opportunities to capture picture-perfect memories. And a spectacular light show at City Hall plays nightly, from late November to early January.

The center of Main Street hosts a Christmas Market, where local artists and artisans put their best creations on display weekly.

You can even try your hand at glassblowing and make your own Christmas ornament this year!

Discover New Favorites

It’s not far from Dallas, but Grapevine feels like a whole other world.

One of the oldest towns in Northeast Texas, history mingles with tradition and innovation to surprise and delight visitors.

A sophisticated suburb, Grapevine is the perfect playground for couples looking for adventure, for girls who “just want to have fun” (to quote Cindi Lauper), and families celebrating the magic of the holidays.


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The Junction, Hotel Vin at dusk

For the perfect staycation in Grapevine, check out these suggestions:

To stay: Hotel Vin

To eat: Chez Fabien

To play: Vetro Glassblowing Studio

To shop: Grapevine Christmas Market

To watch classics: Palace Theatre

To listen live: Third Rail at Harvest Hall

To sip wine: Sloan & Williams

To drink beer: Hop & Sting Brewing Co

Holiday Events on Main Street

November 6: Grapevine Veterans Day Parade & Fair

November 22: Carol of Lights

December 2: 42nd Annual Parade of Lights

(Dates TBD): North Pole Express Train Rides

For a complete list of all 2021 holiday events in Grapevine, visit:


Kerri Smith

Laid off at the height of Covid, Kerri Smith detoured from the traditional career path in search of a life fully lived. Whether traveling solo or with friends, Kerri enjoys traveling best when the most is made of every experience. Good, bad, or otherwise, her motto is “…but would it make a good story?”

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